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What Are the Benefits of Rose Wine?

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author image Michelle Powell-Smith
With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.
What Are the Benefits of Rose Wine?
Adding wine to your diet might have some health benefits. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

Rose wines can be dry or sweet, with a rose pink color. Like red and white wines, rose wines are made from grapes. Most use only red grapes, but rose may include both red and white grapes. The manufacturing process and health benefits of a rose wine are similar to those associated with white wines, including improved cardiovascular health and potent antioxidants.

Alcohol

Moderate alcohol consumption is linked with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Alcohol, including the alcohol found in rose wine, thins the blood and raises good, or HDL, cholesterol. It might reduce your risk of heart disease, a heart attack or stroke. Older adults and those with risk factors for heart disease derive the greatest benefits from moderate alcohol consumption, but limit it to a single 5 oz. glass of rose if you're a woman or two if you're a man.

Phytochemical Benefits

Rose wine contains a number of beneficial compounds with potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Polyphenols in rose wine might help to lower LDL, or bad cholesterol, while potassium can lower blood pressure. Anti-inflammatory qualities in wine have the potential to reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. As with cardiovascular benefits, positive effects are linked to moderate consumption. High levels of alcohol consumption negate these benefits.

Calories and Flavor

Rose wine is relatively low in calories, making it a diet-friendly choice. A 5 oz. glass of rose wine contains around 82 calories, making it one of the lowest calorie alcoholic drink choices available. The fresh, crisp flavor of rose wine makes it an ideal spring and summer wine, pairing equally well with pasta, chicken or even a meal cooked on the grill.

Rose and Resveratrol

The most significant benefits from wine come from chemicals in the skin of the grape, specifically resveratrol. Red wines, fermented with the skins, have the highest levels of this beneficial antioxidant. Winemakers strain the skins from white wine immediately and rose wines early in the production process, causing these wines to have much lower levels of resveratrol. Some rose wines, particularly American ones, might contain a blend of red and white wines, increasing the level of resveratrol. Although you can enjoy rose for its other benefits, go red for resveratrol.

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