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Calories in Red Wine: Do They Really Matter?

Will red wine make you fat? The answer to this question and why calories in red wine aren’t really the problem. In fact, the only thing you should be worried about is in your head…

Calories in red wine aren’t really a problem

Before you start drinking, let’s acknowledge that red wine has calories, primarily in the form of alcohol:

The yellow highlighted area shows the average ABV of most wines. Dry wines are in the left column and sweet wines on the right column (measured at 50 g/L residual sugar–equal to about 2–3 tsp sugar). Keep in mind that some wines have very low alcohol and some are high.

The good news is most red wines very low carb!

The Reality About Carbs in Wine

Wine is low-carb by nature but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Our bodies metabolise alcohol a little differently than other foods. This guide will help you understand and choose the best wines for your needs. If health is something you care about, you can create a balanced diet that includes a healthy dose of wine.

How many carbs are in wine?

A glass of wine has 0-4 grams of net carbs*

*This is based on a standard serving of 5 ounces with up to 20 g/L of residual sugar (which is noticeably sweet). Dry wines typically have less than 2 g/L RS and ~0 carbs.

The bad news is drinking wine tricks your brain into thinking you’re hungry…

No one has ever drunkenly craved a salad—and there’s a reason. A study conducted by Purdue University found that moderate consumption of alcohol enhances the taste of salt and fat, which is why bacon and scrambled eggs the next morning seem so satisfying.

While it’s true that heavy drinkers’ bodies learn to waste alcohol calories and turn them into heat, all that heat makes the food turn into a host of chemicals that seriously affect vital organs (think cancer, liver problems, etc). The study also showed that if you’re just a moderate drinker or on a low-fat diet, you metabolise all 7 alcohol calories per gram. So poop, no help there.

Tips To Stay Healthy and Drink Red Wine

If you’re trying to stay slim, be sure to monitor your serving size. A proper pour of wine is just 5 oz (not the entire 20 oz glass!)

Your body should only process a limited amount of alcohol per day. And for many (like women and certain genetics), moderate means just 1 glass of wine. The positive out of this is: now you can drink the good stuff and have it all week!

Have a small protein-friendly snack before drinking a glass of wine. This will help you resist the inevitable craving. Nut mix anyone?

Get sweaty and earn your next glass of wine.
Sadly, after the excitement from last year’s headlines (“Wine improves gym performance”) there is now a competing study showing opposing results. So you may not want to pour wine into your water bottle ….. unless you are having that kind of a day.

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