Is cider better for you than wine?

Half a pint of cider provides the same amount of antioxidants as a glass of red wine. A cider usually contains much more natural sugars than wine, which ultimately makes a substantial difference. The sugar content in cider is around 6% to 15%, while the sugar content of wine rarely exceeds 2%. When the wine exceeds 2% sugar, it is usually a dessert wine or a port made explicitly because of its sweetness.

At first glance, you can see that there are more calories in white wine than in cider. The sugar content in cider ranges from 6% to 15%. In contrast, the sugar content of a wine rarely exceeds 2%. And when it does, it's considered a much sweeter than normal variety of wine.

At first glance, you can see that there are many more calories in red wine than in cider. Ciders usually range from dry to sweet, depending on the apple varieties used, any other additions, and the amount of fermentation they go through. Wines spend much more time at this stage, which results in the resulting beverage having a much higher alcohol content than cider. Cider contains something called polyphenols, natural compounds that improve blood pressure and cholesterol.

In addition to the benefits found in beer, scientists have found as many antioxidants, which help fight dementia, in cider as in red wine, but with a much lower alcohol level. While cider and beer aren't the first thing that comes to mind when someone talks about healthy drinks, some research indicates that drinking the right types of cider and beer minimizes the impacts of alcohol on the body. Red wine has 85 kcal per 100 g and cider 56 kcal per 100 g, so it is quite easy to calculate that the difference is around 52%. It all depends on the style of the cider, if it is a fully fermented dry cider, it will not contain sugar at all.

Cider has an advantage over a beer in some comparisons, especially when drinking artisanal cider that has not been mass-produced. Apple skin contains many compounds that contribute to the flavor of cider; therefore, cider manufacturers do not peel it before making it. Like beer, cider also contains a healthy dose of antioxidants thanks to apples and apple skin (which contains tannins). They share the myriad benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, but a touch of antioxidants gives cider an extra effervescence when it comes to health.

Ciders usually have an alcohol content of around 5%, but with wines, you can expect between 13% and 15% alcohol with wines. So if you drink commercials, let's say a Magners or Kopparberg difference increases the amount of carbohydrates in ciders.

Ernie Summitt
Ernie Summitt

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