The relationship between wine and diet has never been clear at all. On the one hand, we have the Mediterranean diet, which praises the wine and allows us to enjoy one or two drinks a day during the meal. But on the other hand, is the concern for calorie control while drinking alcohol.
It is well known that studies on the Mediterranean diet have shown that these eating habits (and the consumption of wine) have been linked to numerous health benefits, including better cardiac health and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
To gain better knowledge, some wine producers offer nutritional information on their labels, although it is difficult to know exactly how many calories you consume with each sip, and the final count may vary by a lot.
Despite the number of carbohydrates the wines can contain, there are many wines that work within the objectives of low carbohydrate consumption. A good general rule that can help us is that the sweeter the wine, the higher the count of carbohydrates; Dry reds and whites are often excellent low carb options.
There is another side to this: alcohol interrupts the metabolic process. The body cannot store alcohol because it is a toxin, and because it contains nutrients such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Instead, it is filtered from the body. Because it cannot be stored, the body prioritizes the processing of alcohol and stops the metabolization of all other nutrients, which means that carbohydrates that have been consumed are less likely to burn and are more likely to break down into sugars which are then stored as fat.
But it is not entirely correct to say that alcohol is fattening unless it is consumed in large quantities. Dietitians say that what makes you gain weight are probably other foods that you eat that can turn into fat when you drink too much. Moreover, they say that when drinking alcohol combined with proteins and vegetables, which are low carbohydrate foods, it is almost impossible to gain weight.
Other nutritionists and doctors point out that many studies have analysed components of a healthy lifestyle… and one of them is the moderate consumption of alcohol.
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