Q: Is organic wine better for you than regular wine?--Robert
A: Depends on what you mean by "better." While the health benefits of moderate wine drinking, particularly red wine, are fairly well established at this point, science still hasn't been able to pinpoint the reasons for this being so. Until the particular health-providing quality of wine is ascertained, it will be difficult to say whether or not one wine is better than another.
As far as the notion of gaining extra advantage of wine's powerful antioxidants by drinking organic, current research seems unfavorable. The Journal of Pineal Research recently published an Italian study that measured the polyphenol content of wines produced with a type of agrochemical called a resistance inducer (which help plants utilize their own defense mechanisms) and found a higher rater of polyphenols in the wine made with treated grapes as opposed to those grown chemical-free.
Referencing a 50-year study that found "organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs are comparable in their nutrient content," the Mayo Clinic answers the question, are organic foods more nutritious in general with: "Probably not, but the answer isn't yet clear." The choice to support organic, however, involves more than just vitamin and polyphenol content. By buying organic, you indeed reduce your environmental exposure to pesticides as well as support more sustainable farming practices.
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