Wine is regarded as one of the most popular alcoholic drinks worldwide. It’s famously grown and made all over the world, across North America, Europe and beyond. However, there always seems to be a few differences in opinion when it comes to how healthy wine actually is. Some say it’s the key to a long, healthy life! But how true is this? Here’s our full fact file on wine nutrition and what you can expect from your next bottle of red, white, or rose.
- Wine, on the whole, is fairly low-calorie per glass. Red wine, for example, is likely only to contain around 125 calories in a standard glass, significantly less than you might expect from beer or cider.
- However, calories in wine will differ from type to type. It may also differ from blend to blend and winery to winery, too! For example, white wine is thought to be even lower in calories than red, with around 82 calories expected from an average glass.
- There is absolutely no fat in wine, as you might expect. However, there’s also no protein, which means it’s not exactly the first choice for a nutritious drink!
- However, there’s surprisingly less sugar in a glass of wine than you might expect. There’s around a gram of sugar in an average serving, or glass. However, again, this will vary from type to type, and blend to blend.
- However, wine is thought to be rich in a variety of nutrients you might not expect to benefit from per glass. For example, it’s a fantastic source of fluoride, which you will generally find in toothpaste.
- More interesting is the fact that wine offers you 10% of your daily recommended intake of manganese. Manganese is a powerful antioxidant, which means that it’s a real boost to various bodily systems. Specifically, your brain loves manganese!
- Despite wine being a low-calorie choice in alcohol, too much is still likely to be bad for you. Studies show that drinking alcohol too often could result in reliance on additional unhealthy snacks and treats throughout the day. Could wine be a gateway to unhealthy diet choices? It’s possible.
- You’ll likely find that it’s rare to see any kind of nutritional information on wine bottle labels. That’s because there is no UK legislation in place to force this to take place. Some wines may list their calories as a selling point if they are particularly low. Otherwise, don’t go looking for information on a bottle of wine if you really want to know the calorific breakdown.
- Despite wine’s relatively good points in terms of antioxidant properties and its relatively appealing stats compared to other types of alcohol, it is still alcohol – which could devastate your health if you drink too much of it. It could even cause allergic reactions in some people.
- Certainly, the odd glass of wine every now and again is unlikely to cause any major harm. However, do pay attention to doctors’ advice, and try to stay within recommended weekly unit levels for your gender.
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