There is a lot of conflicting information about the health benefits and detriments of alcohol and there is some truth in many of the different opinions and studies. When it comes to wine, can wine be part of a healthy lifestyle?
The answer isn’t very simple and it really depends on the quality and quantity of wine you’re drinking.
Most commercial wines coming from the US are pretty toxic these days as they’re loaded with pesticides, additives, high levels of sulfites, and added sugar. It’s no longer natural wine the way it was intended to be.
However, natural wine grown and made using traditional methods is completely different and may possess some health benefits.
That means natural wine is alive in the bottle, full of beneficial bacteria and antioxidants. It hasn’t been filtered or chemically altered in any way.
All those yeasts, bacteria, and colorful compounds that make natural wine delicious also help you live a healthier life, and may even benefit your microbiome.
A few beneficial compounds that clean, natural wines possess includes polyphenols, flavanols, resveratrol, saccharomyces cerevisiae (healthy native yeast), and probiotics. These all support and promote a healthy gut.
Wine also contains some ingredients that can damage the gut, but they are not as prevalent in natural wine compared to commercial wine. These include sugar, alcohol, and acetaldehyde. If you’re getting wine from a reputable source, then it will be low sugar (less than 3g/liter), lower alcohol (less than 12.5% ABV), and low acetaldehyde because the wine is unfiltered and fermented without human intervention. 
Watch this video with my friend and fellow health coach, Michelle Ward as she explains the qualities of clean wine and how to find the healthiest wine to fit in with your healthy lifestyle.
Below are my favorite sources of natural, clean wine that we discussed in the video: