It’s a question you’ve probably asked yourself at some point (maybe even mid-pour). But since there aren’t any calories listed on the bottle, it’s hard to tell how vino fits into your health plans.
If you’re team wine, know that vino does have health benefits. Studies suggest that the phytochemicals in wine (such as ellagic acid and resveratrol) can help prevent cancer formation and inflammation, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Some research even shows that consuming alcohol in moderation can reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even death.
Health perks aside, if you’re trying to lose weight, sipping any kind of booze can squash your weight-loss plans if you overdo it (more on that later).
But it turns out that you can have your glass and reach your goals, too, says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., creator of the F-Factor Diet.
As you might have guessed, she says the key is moderation.
The NHS recommended alcohol consumption for women is 14 units per week - one 140ml glass of wine is 2. 140ml of wine ranges from about 80 calories to 120 calories, depending on the type and the region it's grown in. Fun fact: That’s lower than the cals in an ounce of dark chocolate. So a glass (or maybe even two) shouldn’t cause you to veer too far from your goals.
Just treat it like any other indulgence by adding up your calories for the day or week to determine how much wiggle room you have and where wine can fit in, says Zuckerbrot.
BEST WHITE WINES FOR WEIGHT LOSS
All of these have less than 85 calories, 2.6 carbs, and one gram of sugar per glass.
WORST WHITE WINES
Any sweet dessert wines will have more than 14 carbs, eight grams of sugar, and 164 calories per glass.
BEST RED WINES
All of these have less than three grams of crabs, one gram of sugar and just 88 calories per glass
WORST RED WINES
Both of these have more than 14 grams of carbs, eight grams of sugar and 164 calories per glass.
Compared to your other happy hour options, like beer, a margarita, or even a vodka cranberry, wine is actually a top choice.
Basically, if consumed in moderation, wine shouldn’t throw off your health or fat-loss goals.