With the ongoing rise in popularity of non-alcoholic and alcohol-removed wines, people often ask about their health benefits.
There are two ways to approach this:
- Is drinking non-alcoholic wine healthier than drinking alcoholic wine?
- Does non-alcoholic wine have inherent health benefits?
The short answer is: Not only do non-alcoholic wines have nutritional benefits which are good for your health, they also help you avoid the effects alcohol can have on your body in both the short and long term.
Let’s look at it in a little more depth.
Is drinking non-alcoholic wine healthier than drinking alcoholic wine?
There is no question – drinking non-alcoholic wine is healthier for you than drinking alcoholic wine. Alcoholic drinks can have significant effects on your health that you will avoid by consuming non-alcoholic drinks.
With non-alcoholic wine you won’t experience the short-term effects that you are more likely to experience when drinking alcoholic wine in excess, such as:
- Impaired judgment
- Impaired balance
- Loss of bladder control
- Sleep loss.
You’ll also avoid these very concerning associated effects:
- Accidental injury
- Violent behaviour
- Alcohol poisoning.
And you’ll lower your chances of these effects that may eventuate from long-term alcohol consumption:
- Several forms of cancer
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Weakened immune system
- Memory loss and dementia.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women can consume non-alcoholic beverages knowing that alcohol is not affecting their child.
You can also avoid weight gain by consuming non-alcoholic wine instead of alcoholic wine. The Edenvale alcohol-removal process not only removes the alcohol, but also reduces the calories, because the sugar content is reduced.
Does non-alcoholic wine have inherent health benefits?
Non-alcoholic wine and alcohol-removed wine can have positive health benefits – specifically as they contain antioxidants.
Wines that have had the alcohol removed are said to be as high, or even higher in antioxidants than alcoholic wine. Antioxidants are important for our bodies as they may protect cells from free radical damage and therefore prevent premature ageing.
Plant chemicals found in wine called polyphenols are thought to be responsible for benefits like lowered blood pressure, improved response to insulin, and reduced oxidative stress. All these effects could help decrease the risk of heart disease.
Non-alcoholic wines have wellbeing benefits:
- They can help reduce your dependence on alcohol
- They give you the opportunity to feel socially included at events where others are drinking alcoholic beverages.
The short answer to the question ‘How healthy is non-alcoholic wine?’ is that non-alcoholic wine has health benefits, particularly from the enhanced antioxidants they may have. However, when compared with drinking alcoholic wine, non-alcoholic wine is by far the healthier option. Edenvale alcohol-removed wines have on average approximately 0.2-0.3% alcohol/volume, which is a level similar to that found in natural fruit juices.
If you have any questions regarding the health benefits of Edenvale alcohol-removed wines, you are welcome to contact us using the form below.