Fruit Wines are Healthier than Grape Wines – ORAC Values

three_glasses_of_wineWell, a new year has started and these days there is a lot of planning going on having a better 2009 than what 2008 was, resolutions, health or fitness regimes, etc…

I think a very good and easy to keep resolution would be to start drinking more fruit wine in 2009. There are many reasons for this. The first obvious one is that fruit wine tastes good and is a great alternative to having grape wines all the time. They are fun to make (if you are into winemaking) and they are good on the environment (if you buy locally made fruit wines as opposed to imported wines or make the wines from locally available fruit).

One of the most important reasons to start drinking more fruit wine this year is also because they are very good for your health.

Eating a healthy diet and having an active lifestyle are critical for maintaining good health. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients essential for a healthy diet and also provide a natural source of energy. In regards to fruit wines, the real health property that sets them apart from grape wines is that they can have a very high ORAC content.

What is ORAC? It stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities of different foods. It was developed by the scientists at the National Institute on Aging in the USA.

This is too large a subject to discuss in a simple blog entry but drinking wines has been proven to be very good for health, especially the health of the heart, brain functions, etc. Wines with a good source of polyphenol antioxidants such apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, pears, plums, raspberries, and strawberries provide huge health benefits and should be part of a healthy diet.

Which wine have the highest count of ORAC?

The following wines and their ORAC content shows that wines made with Aronia (Chokeberry) are the healthiest wines to drink. More than 4X that of regular red wine!

The berry listed in order of Antioxidant levels per 100 grams

1. Aronia (15.8K ORAC)

2. Elderberry (14.6K ORAC)

3. Cranberries (9.5K ORAC)

4. Black Currant (8K ORAC)

5. Blueberries (6K ORAC)

6. Blackberries (6K ORAC)

7. Plums (6K ORAC)

8. Glass of Cabernet Sauvignon (5K ORAC)

9. Glass of red table wine or Chianti (3.8K ORAC)

10. Red grape Juice (1.2K)

Aronia (chokeberry) wines are the healthiest wines of all with elderberry wine coming very close behind.

With that in mind, lets raise a glass to our health (just make sure its a glass of fruit wine). Here’s a toast to a great year ahead for fruit wines and all who enjoy them!

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8 Responses

  1. Aronia are Chokeberries….Chokecherries are a different plant.

  2. I stand corrected… easy to confuse and it was a type error on my part. Thanks for pointing that out!

  3. What about Pomegranate wine? Poms are supposed to have a lot of anti-oxidants aren’t they? Is there a link to the full list?

  4. Are their any studies done on the nutritional properties of fruit wine, it would seem that from your blog and the postings here, that my suspicions are correct.

  5. HI DOMINIC,

    WHERE ON EARTH CAN i GET SOME ARONIA WINE WITHOUT MAKING IT MYSELF? i WOULD LIKE TO FIND A PRODUCER IN EUROPE AND IN AMERICA . i WOULD LIKE ORGANIC OR BIODYNAMIC PRODUCERS. I AM A SOMMELIER AND HEALTH WRITER FOR THE EXAMINER, AND I JUST RESERVED THE WEBSITE ABOVE, SINCE I PLAN TO BECOME A RETAILER/GROWER OF ARONIA AND OF HIGH QUALITY ARONIA PRODUCTS….. I OWE YOU ALOT OF GRATTITUDE IF YOU CAN ANSWER MY REQUEST.

    THANK YOU KINDLY,
    ANNIKA ROMAN

  6. Simply thinking about topics like this grants me a better sense of what I’m doing. Blogs such as this are totally helping people who just don’t have other sources to get this variety of information.

  7. I will try the ice wine

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