Finishing off your summertime pinot grigio? Here's some good news: A glass of either white or red wine with dinner can have a positive effect on your health. According to new research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, moderate amounts of wine can protect you against heart disease as long as you pair it with regular exercise.
Czech researchers tracked 146 participants who had a mild to moderate risk of heart disease. They had half drink red wine and half drink white wine for a year. Men could have about two to two and a half glasses each day, while women could have one to two glasses, The Atlantic reports. Participants logged their alcohol consumption, diets, and physical activity in journals throughout the study.
People who drank wine and also exercised at least twice a week had higher levels of "good" cholesterol and a fall in total cholesterol overall. And those effects happened regardless of whether the wine was red or white. But there was no change if there was no exercise involved. So once you're done sipping your cabernet, go for a walk around the block — you'll live longer.
This article originally appeared on Harpersbazaar.com.
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