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How many calories are in a glass of wine?


In recent times many of the beneficial properties of wine for health have been demonstrated, a long list that every day is becoming longer, which makes that consumption of wine (always in moderation) is associated with the prevention of countless physical disorders and problems related to ageing.

Thus, wine is included increasingly in healthy diets, along with other foods and beverages considered healthy, especially when it comes to regimes such as the traditional Mediterranean.

However, when monitoring the calories you consume throughout the day, sometimes there are doubts about the amount contained in wine, which recent studies come to definitively dispel. Thus, for example, the US Department of Agriculture states that a 5-ounce glass of wine (150 ml) contains about 120 to 130 calories, whereas the most common table wines have an alcohol content somewhere in between 11 and 14%.

In fact, the North-American administration is promoting that producers of alcoholic beverages in general, and wine makers in particular, start to include information on their labels about nutrition facts, similar to those included in other foods. Restaurant chains will also be required shortly to include this type of information on their menus, especially the calories.

Where do wine calories come from?

The source of calories in wine is mainly alcohol, which contains 7 calories per gram, so the more alcohol, the more calories. Also sugar and carbohydrates in general provide calories (about 4 per gram), so a sweet wine with high alcohol content will bring many more calories than another dry and with low ABV.

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Muga Crianza 2010: a red wine from the Rioja DO with mazuelo and graciano of 2010 and 13.5º of alcohol strength. 



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Viña Arana Reserva 2005: a red wine from Rioja DO with the best bunches of garnacha and mazuelo from the 2005 vintage and presents an alcohol content of 12.8º.



Wine in diets

 TAGS:All of us sometime in our lives have followed a diet, perhaps imposed by the doctor or simply by our own initiative, most of them to reduce weight. And almost always these diets tend to be austere and a bit hard to follow, which almost always pushes us to abandon them.

Well, today we will see a more bearable and easier way to carry a complicated diet. If our diet is to reduce weight, you should know that wine can be the perfect companion for those regimes that can become tedious and boring.

Calories and wines

As we can see in our table of calories and wines table, which implies that 100 ml of wine is below 85 calories, wine becomes one of the beverages containing alcohol that best accompanies a diet to lose weight, if you bear in mind other beverages like beer or whiskey, which are over 240 calories per 100 ml.

Mediterranean Diet

The wine, in addition to being one of the healthiest beverages containing alcohol, is one of the most ?dietetic?, has been proven capable to avoid the concentration of cholesterol in the body. In a test of what is called a “Mediterranean diet“, which included two glasses of wine per day, the result was strong and clear: people who consumed that daily dose had a lower cholesterol concentration than those who didn’t.

But the result of the Mediterranean diet not only was this, lower levels of saturated fats and polyunsaturated fats were also found, a fact which makes it even more attractive. This makes it to bring on a lower risk hemostatic profile.

Basically the Mediterranean diet consists of including two glasses of wine per day, one at lunch and one at dinner (in addition to following certain dietetic patterns of the Mediterranean countries: Spain, France, Italy, Greece…) and follow that religiously. Remember that any diet or regimen should be monitored under medical observation, not all diets can be followed by everyone. We advise you to propose to your nutritionist or dietitian the incorporation of wine in your different regimes or diets. The results can be very favorable and make this diet much more bearable.

Source on the Mediterranean Diet: Mezzano et al. PCVS