It is a universal notion that for a healthier lifestyle, we need to give up alcohol, wine included. Actually, the right amount and content of alcohol and wine can help even when you are trying to lose weight.
However, it may be a challenge to try and measure your wine consumption as the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t impose a mandatory printing of nutritional data on wine bottles. So, let us educate you how you can estimate your wine consumption and later on select the type of wine you can drink.
Just like how conscious you are with the calorie content of the food you eat, it is also vital to know how much calories your favorite wine contains. There are many components of wine and that includes primarily of water, alcohol, and carbohydrates.
Surprisingly, you can also get vitamins and minerals from it such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, vitamins B6 and B2 antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavonoids. So, which of these components contain calories? It’s the alcohol and carbohydrates.
Our body has the natural ability to break down carbs and turn them into glucose. Glucose is then used as our body’s fuel for it to keep functioning. This is if we only consume the right amount of carbs. The problem arises when we eat more carbs than necessary. The excess carbohydrates would be stored as fat.
The wine’s carbohydrates are in the form of residual sugar and they contain 4 calories per gram. Alcohol, on the other hand, contains 7 calories per gram. That’s almost twice calorie-heavy than carbs. Logically, that means that the more alcohol wine contains, the more calories it also has.
In retrospect to the facts above, we need to learn what ABV is and why it should be put into consideration when choosing a wine that is perfect for your diet. ABV stands for Alcohol By Volume. It is printed on the wine bottles in percentage figure and it simply means how much alcohol your wine bottle contains.
There can be various amounts of ABV on wine alone. Some wines contain as little as 6% while some would go up to 23%. Remember, we said above that the more alcohol there is in wine, the more calories it has. So, the higher ABV the wine has, the more caloric it is. Averagely, a glass of regular wine contains 12% of alcohol. That translates to about 140 calories.
If your favorite wine’s ABV is leaning towards the higher percentage, you might want to start reducing the serving size, maybe around half the glass. We can treat wine here just like the normal food you intake.
A normal wine bottle can fill up five glasses of 5 ounces each (not taking into account the glass shape and size). The U.S Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends around 14 grams or 0.6 fluid ounces of pure alcohol. That corresponds to a 12% ABV wine filling a glass with 5 fluid ounces.
As with other types of food and drinks, consuming moderately is the secret to good health. But, how moderate is moderate consumption when it comes to wine? Before we go into the figures, it is important to note that women’s absorption of alcohol is faster than men because their body contains lesser body water and the enzymes in their stomachs also vary with that of men. This is why there are different recommendations on “moderate” wine consumption between men and women. You also can lose weight with safflower oil but this is a story for another time.
The UK National Health Service says, “Men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day. Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day.” Mathematically, a unit is equal to 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. That means a 250ml glass of red wine that has an ABV of 12% contains 3 units of alcohol.
We talk about all the calories and recommended daily consumption of wine. But, what do we really get with it? Are there benefits? Of course, there are! If you stick to consuming the right dose of wine a day, you’ll be able to get some benefits like:
So, you already know a lot of information on red wine from its recommended serving size to its benefits. Now, which types of wine are the best to achieve these benefits? Here are 5 types of wine you can consider including in your diet.