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Which is Better, Red or White?

By now, most of us have heard about the health benefits of red wine, which contains a heart-healthy substance called resveratrol. Red wine is wine made from grapes with the skins left on--in white wine, the skins are removed before the grapes are pressed. Now it's been discovered that white wine has the same benefits as red, so you can pick the kind YOU like best.

In LiveScience.com, Steven Reinberg quotes researcher Johan Auwerx as saying, "The compound resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes and cranberries, [is] known to be involved in lifespan extension."

Scientists say they have found evidence that the pulp of grapes appears just as heart-healthy in laboratory experiments as the skin. This challenges the idea that red wine is more heart-healthy white wine.

Past studies indicated that cardioprotective antioxidants reside in the skin and seeds of grapes. Grape skins, which contain purple pigment, are crushed with the pulp to make red wines. But the skins are separated from the pulp to make most white wine. That situation led to the conventional belief that red wines and red grape juice are the most heart healthy.

But new studies show that the pulp is just as good for you as the skins. Dr. Dipak K. Das says, "To the best of our knowledge, our study provides evidence for the first time that the flesh of grapes is equally cardioprotective with respect to the skins."

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