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A Good Wine Substitute

A Good Wine Substitute

To get the heart-healthy benefits of drinking wine without getting tipsy, tipple some grape juice instead.

Research shows that your blood will get two important benefits: More antioxidants will be circulating in it, and bad LDL cholesterol may cause less trouble because it's more stable.

Two for you
Having extra antioxidants in your blood is always a good thing: They help guard your cells against the kind of free-radical damage that provides a toehold for disease. And more stable LDL is incredibly desirable, too, because stable LDL is less likely to oxidize and stick to artery walls. Get to know the chemical cousins in grapes that provide so many of these benefits.

Juice it up
Grape juice has fewer antioxidants than wine, so you may need to drink more to get the same benefit. Sip real juice, not fruit-flavored drinks—you'll get more nutrients and less sugar. And keep tabs on your intake, since juice is not a calorie freebie.

Medically reviewed in February 2020.

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