What started out as a summer fling has officially become a serious, long-term relationship, #Blessed! No, I’m not talking about my life, (unfortunately), I’m talking, of course, about our collective love affair with the liquid sunset that is rosé wine.
How did we meet? Oh, you know the story. We first locked eyes across the grocery store on a warm summer’s eve — the spark was instantaneous. I had very little money to name, but there it was, twinkling sweetly beneath fluorescent lights, so pink, so… cheap.
I went in for a few sips, and before I knew it, I was quite literally whisked off my feet (this stuff goes down easy), and it took three of my friends to pick me back up. Fast-forward to present day, and rosé is no longer the bottom-shelf budget booze it once was in this country, but a booming, bougie business!
But, rosé, before we take this relationship any further, we need to talk… about health. Don’t get me wrong, we love you dearly, but we’ve been hurt in the past, so If you’re going to be our all-season, alco-beau, we need to know is rosé wine good for you?
What Are the Health Benefits of Drinking Rosé Wine?
It’s been common knowledge for years now that a tipple of wine is good for the body, mind, and especially the soul, but just as the hangover can be distinctly different from drink to drink, so can the health benefits, so, is rosé wine good for you?
Spoiler alert, this delicious nectar has health benefits related to:
- Your brain
- Your heart
- Your skin
- Your… well, other areas you’ll be happy about
Rosé Wine and Your Brain
The star of the rosé show in terms of health is absolutely the polyphenol, resveratrol, so prepare to read that word a lot over the coming paragraphs.
A 2015 study published by the National Center for Biotechnology discovered that resveratrol can slow down cellular death and decay, limiting the effects of secondary brain damage experienced after a central nervous system injury, a stroke, or the onset of neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia.
Is Rosé Wine Good For Your Heart
Is rosé wine good for you? One of the well-known effects of alcohol is a thinning of the blood, which sounds kind of scary, but it can be a good thing, as it helps to prevent clotting. What’s more, a 2012 study reported that the polyphenols in rosé can reduce low-density lipoprotein, a negative form of cholesterol in the blood, but that’s not all!
The American Heart Association claims that the resveratrol in rosé can actually increase HDL (good cholesterol) in the circulatory system, meaning a sip of rosé now and again can help stave off heart attacks and keep your ticker on top form.
Is Rosé Wine Good For Skin
Is rose wine good for skin? Antioxidants help the skin repair itself by reducing inflammation, and – more good news – rosé wine is absolutely loaded with them — hooray!
And it’s all thanks to the bits of the grape we don’t even come into contact with.
As the skins and stalks are left to stew with the grape juice in the production of rosé, all the healthy nutrients (and a little bit of color) leach into the mash before filtration. Work a swig or two into your skincare routine, and your complexion will be alive with a youthful radiance.
Rosé Wine and Your… Unmentionables
I don’t think any of us needed proof of this, but what the hey. A study published by The Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that imbibing wine can enhance sexual desire — move over oysters!
What this study told us that we didn’t already know is that rosé (and red wine) has benefits for both genders:
- For females, rosé can actually improve female sexual health
- If that wasn’t reason enough to jump aboard the blush bandwagon, it’s also linked to lower rates of erectile dysfunction, so men, make your peace with the color pink, and have a slurp already.
Rosé Wine and the Fairer Sex
Rosé wine benefits for females, for example, this 2017 pre-clinical trial revealed that resveratrol can be instrumental in regulating the mood of women going through menopause and can even help reduce the negative effects that “the change” occasionally has on memory.
Is Rosé Wine Better for Your Health Than Red Wine?
The fermentation process of red wine can last upwards of a week, and as the grape skins are left in for this entire period, the nutrient content of the juice intensifies alongside its color.
Being that all solids are removed from rosé wine much sooner, it’s not quite as packed full of nutrients as its rouge counterpart, but here’s the thing…
Rosé has fewer calories than red wine (more on this in just a sec), and it’s less alcoholic, too, meaning it’s easier on our bodies, and we’re less likely to get absolutely wasted and do something silly (and potentially dangerous).
Rosé also contains fewer tannins, the astringent compounds responsible for the full-bodied character of dark wine. Essential though they may be to a robust pinot grigio or cabernet sauvignon, tannins can also hinder our metabolism and restrict our blood’s ability to absorb iron, so think twice next time you’re reaching for a glass of red rather than rosé.
Is Rosé Wine Better for Your Health Than White Wine?
White is by far the most damaging to our health of all the wines, chiefly due to the fact that all nutrient sources (skin, stems, and seeds) are removed from the grape juice as soon as possible in order to preserve transparency and crispness.
As evidenced by this 2017 study that links the beverage to a form of acne known as rosacea, white wine is particularly hard on our skin
Furthermore, research has shown that drinkers of white wine may be at a 13% higher risk of developing cancer — what the dang hell, white wine!!!
Granted, a small glass of white every now and again is thought to maintain kidney health and stave off Alzheimer’s, but rosé is by far the healthier option of the two.
Is Rosé Wine Good For Weight Loss
Okay, so cards on the table, rosé wine isn’t exactly a diet shake, so if you guzzle down boxes of the stuff, you probably won’t be losing any weight, but drinking a responsible amount may indeed be beneficial if you’re trying to shed a few pounds.
How is rosé wine good for weight loss? It all comes back down to, you’ve guessed it, our old friend resveratrol. This stuff converts expanding white fat cells into obesity-resistant beige cells.
Marry this with the fact that rosé contains fewer calories than both red and white wine, and there are no questions that it should be the dieter’s tipple of choice.
What’s more, due to rosé’s light body, and fruity character, it really only pairs well with lean, healthy foods, such as chicken, salmon, and lots of tasty vegetables, encouraging an all-around healthy diet.
Rosé: Just What the Doctor Ordered
There you have it, folks — If you’re trying to look after your health, but you love a good drink, rosé wine can scratch that itch without undoing all your hard work.
In fact, in moderation, it can actually improve skin, brain, heart, and even sexual health, so I think it’s safe to say that our relationship with this blush pink delight has a bright future!