How Many Calories Are In Wine? Which One is Best for Your Diet
How many calories are in a full serving 5 oz glass of wine?
What does a glass of wine cost you in terms of your diet?
Wine is nothing more than a mixture of water, alcohol and grape flavors.
Winemakers begin producing wine by crushing the grapes and then adding yeast to activate the fermenting process and the yeast converts the sugar and oxygen in the juice into ethyl alcohol.
Since water contains no calories, fat or carbohydrates and the grape flavor represents a very small percentage of the total wine calories.
The sugars in the grapes are gone, since they have been converted into alcohol) so essentially all of the food values you are consuming come from the alcohol and the alcohol alone.
The four sources of energy for your body come from fat, proteins, carbohydrates and alcohol.
Unlike fat, proteins and carbohydrates energy sources, alcohol is processed by your liver.
This is the reason many alcoholics and heavy drinkers experience liver damage.
A bottle of distilled spirits per day would provide your body with approx 1,875 calories. If you add a little food to that number you very quickly rise to a caloric intake where you will start putting on some serious weight.
So, if your looking for a low calorie wine look at the Alcohol content. The higher the Alcohol level usually the higher the calories.
If you’re looking for low calorie wine, there are a few different drinks that you can go with.
There’s Beringer Blass Wine Estates, which is lower in calories and alcohol than their similar California wine counterparts. They say that this is because the grapes in their wines were picked before they had time to build up a lot of sugar. A 5 ounce glass of White Lie has 97 calories instead of the typical 115, and the alcohol level is 9.8% versus the typical 13%.
Bacardi’s Island Breeze is another drink that’s lower in calories because they use sucralose to sweeten the rum instead of the usual sugars. The alcohol level is lower as well, as it’s 18% compared to the normal 35%.
There’s also a new alcohol that came out by the brand called The Mad Housewife and Two Wives, and an online retailer named Lola that boasts the same low calorie, lower alcohol wines.
Consider yourself warned, though – drinking low calorie wine (or following any kind of solely low calorie diet) will not necessarily help you lose weight.
Wine types and General Calorie Count
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Eating low calorie all the time will eventually make your weight loss stagnate, because your body will get used to what you’re giving it and expect it. And as soon as you put in more calories… you’ll gain weight. The only thing that you’ll be able to do to lose weight is to eat LESS… and then you’ll start the same cycle all over again.
Calorie cycling is just the thing that you should look into. It makes you switch your calories up constantly, so your body never knows what to expect, and it continues to churn out fat like a machine.
Rachel has lost 100 pounds herself, and is passionate about helping other people do it too. She has been featured in Woman’s World, among others.
You can check out more about calorie cycling and Rachel’s Weight Loss Diet on her website.