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Oct 14, 2015 11:56 AM EDT

White wines almost as good as red wines

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Two randomized clinical trials have revealed that white wine may provide some of the health benefits that red wine does, the Washington Post reports. 

It is always the red wine that has received more attention than its white counterpart as many studies have proved the numerous health benefits it provides, for heart health, cholesterol control and even cancer prevention.

The first study, called In Vino Veritas (In Wine, Truth) followed 146 subjects half of whom drank pinot noir, and half of whom drank a white chardonnay-pinot over a year. Both the groups reported similar health benefits when the participants exercised twice per week and drank wine.

The second study was published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers in Israel followed 224 volunteers with diabetes 2 who drank 150 ml of either white wine, red wine or mineral water with dinner every day for two years, with a Mediterranean diet.

The study revealed that drinking a glass of red wine every day seemed to improve cardiac health and cholesterol management. However, both red and white wine seemed to improve glucose control in some patients.

The researchers said that the study "suggests that initiating moderate wine intake, especially red wine, among well-controlled diabetics as part of a healthy diet is apparently safe and modestly decreases cardiometabolic risk."

Researchers at the University of Barcelona showed that white wine was higher in antioxidants and had weight loss and anti-aging effects.

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