If you’re given the chance to choose between white wine and red wine, choose the latter as studies have shown that it may help prevent heart disease. The antioxidants in red wine increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) and protect your heart against artery damage. Some scientists also believe that polyphenolic compounds called flavonoids can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by reducing blood clots. Other health benefits of drinking red wine include lowered risks of gallstones and type 2 diabetes.

But does that mean you should start chugging down that bottle of red wine you have stashed in your kitchen? According to Yale-New Haven Hospital, women should consume only one serving per day, or a four-ounce glass of wine, to reap the benefits. You may also want to consult your doctor first before you start sipping red wine every night, as there are other factors to consider such as health history and prescribed medicines.

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