Just like all foods, wine also contains nutrients, which can be converted into the caloric intake. In the case of wine, this contribution is determined by alcohol, although it can vary depending on the type of wine. We all know that long term alcohol consumption can make you fat. But can wine also be responsible for our weight gain? Let’s check it out!
Calories in Wine: Do They Really Matter?
When determining the caloric value of wine, alcohol is not the only thing that should be taken into consideration. The type of grape and its ripening time can also determine its caloric value.
Scientists did an investigation in this regard and estimated that a glass of wine contains around 178 calories. The highest calorie wines tend to have the highest alcohol content. Wines from the warmer regions tend to have higher sugar grapes which later converts into higher alcohol content.
Considering that, our body digests differently calories in wine than food. This means that the wine is not responsible directly for our weight gain but the high-calorie food that we eat after a night out. Consuming alcohol makes your blood sugar to drop which can cause you to feel hungry and crave for high salty and high-fat food.
So, if you are on a diet feel free to treat yourself with one or two glasses of wine. However, it’s important to know your own limits and stick to them.