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How does wine affect your diet?

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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Give the Spring a good start with these healthy habits


Spring is a good time of the year to undertake healthy habits in order to feel better. Jot down the following ones!

Mediterranean diet

Experts recommend the Mediterranean diet as an example to follow. It is a varied and healthy diet. Because it consists fundamentally of fruit, wine, nuts and fish. On the website of the Foundation for the Mediterranean Diet there are several easy recipes that makes you able to follow this diet at home.

Increased fish consumption

World Health Organization recommend fish consumption from 3 to 4 times per week. They provide vitamins and minerals, omega-3 acids, and the protection of various diseases, in addition to preventing cardiovascular risks.

A lot of fruit

Along with fish, fruit is also good for carrying healthy habits in the body. It is recommended to eat 5 pieces a day of fruit, something that can sometimes be complex, but that includes juices, shakes and more with fruit.

Less tobacco and alcohol

Tobacco and alcohol increase the risk of heart-related diseases, and promotes diabetes, among other risks. One glass of wine per day is enough for the organism to be protected.

Sport and activity

Exercising is another of the proposals for people to better start the year. It’s not about signing up for the gym, doing weights and machines every day, and ending up without strength. There are many ways to move: from going up and down stairs, to dancing, swimming or walking to work.

Rest and wellness

The health of the inside is seen from the outside. Relaxation, well-being and the decreasing of stress are basic to being able to feel better. Sleeping an average of 8 hours, practicing yoga, meditating or laughing represent good ways to acquire healthy habits and well-being.

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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