Red wine is not the most efficient choice for getting your antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in all kinds of plants that fit more readily into the diet: from apples to onions, brown rice to barley and walnuts to wheat berries. These foods supply other nutrients that wine lacks, without the same consequences of overindulging. A 5-ounce (140-gram) serving of carrots, for example, supplies the antioxidants, plus vitamins A and C, potassium, manganese, thiamin, niacin and fiber. Half of its 12 grams of carbohydrates are complex carbs, the healthier kind. That nutritional bonanza comes for a paltry 60 calories per serving. And while eating an entire package of carrots isn't advised, the effects are mild compared to the dangers of drinking an entire bottle of wine.
Then there's the cost. For the price of even a $10 bottle of wine, you could buy two or three days' worth of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with all the nutrition and enjoyment they bring.
However, if you're considering resveratrol supplements, don't. The form of resveratrol in the supplements currently on the market can't be absorbed by the human body. One major pharmaceutical company recently gave up plans to market a synthetic resveratrol because trial outcomes were so disappointing.
Our final fact echoes the immortal wisdom of baseball great Yogi Berra: "It ain't over 'til it's over." In this case, "it" is the debate over red wine's nutritive benefits, and it's far from over.