I'm very health-conscious when it comes to the foods I eat and wonder what wines I should seek out or steer clear of in that same vein. Are there big differences between red and white wine in terms of health benefits? Is red wine the only type that is known to have health properties? –Nurse Nancy
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It’s easy to overgeneralize by saying red wine is better if you just read the headlines. The anthocyanins and resveratrol that give red wine its color happen to also positively affect heart health and cholesterol levels – and have proven preventative capacities for diabetes, cancer, and even erectile dysfunction. Once you sift through all of the noise, however, you’ll find that the benefits are relative. You might get more anthocyanins from a handful of blueberries than a glass of red wine. And white wine seems to help control glucose in the same way as red wine in diabetics, per an October study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.