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