The 3 Healthiest Types of Wine, According to Registered Dietitians
When consumed in moderation, wine is a delightful way to round out a stressful day (a cheese plate won't hurt, either). For everything you need to know about the health benefits—hello, antioxidants—plus how much and what type of wine to drink to maintain your health, keep reading. (Spoiler: Red wine isn't the only option.)
How Much Wine Is Healthy?
When it comes to alcohol, monitoring the amount you consume is the most important thing you can do for your health. According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, women should try to consume no more than one glass of wine per day.
"There are 'better for you' wines out there, but it's smart to keep some basics in mind," explains Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, nutrition expert and author of Smoothies & Juices: Prevention Healing Kitchen. "The actual serving size for a glass of wine is 5 ounces (at 12% alcohol-by-volume, or ABV). So even if you're drinking the driest red out there, the booze is going to add up, even if the sugar isn't."
So if you're hoping to make smarter decisions surrounding your alcohol consumption, kudos! Thankfully, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to go cold turkey. "Not all wines are created equal and will vary in terms of calories, sugar, and alcohol content," explains Mia Syn, MS, RDN.
The Healthiest Wine Options
Remember, not all wine is created equal. Here, Largeman-Roth and Syn weigh in on the best and worst options in the wine aisle.