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Carbs in Wine: Will that Merlot make you fat?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Carbs in Wine

Are you concerned about the carbs in wine? Research has shown that low-carb diets are some of the most effective diets out there. Millions of people have lost weight on the Atkins diet. Additionally, there’s growing evidence that these kinds of diets might actually be healthier than we first thought. Once upon a time, people criticized the Atkins diet because, they said, the high levels of saturated fat were extremely unhealthy. But the evidence shows that the Atkins diet is actually a lot healthier than we once thought, and one reason is, it eliminates one of the worst things in our modern diet: sugar.

Health Benefits

I say this to encourage you to keep up your low-carb diet, because I believe that not only will you lose weight, but I really think it’s healthy. Don’t take this as medical advice or anything; I’m not a doctor, and you should talk to your doctor before making any big changes to your diet. And there are some risks associated with a very low carbohydrate diet (check out the Perfect Health Diet’s blog to learn more about that). So, the best solution, in my opinion, is to eat a relatively low-carb diet. But don’t go crazy and eat zero carbs for a long period of time.

Good News

Anyway, back to the carbs in wine. Well, here’s the good news. A glass of wine has about 80 calories and fewer than 5 grams of carbohydrates. Hurray! That definitely qualifies as low-carb.

Bad News

Now for the bad news. Due to its high alcohol content, alcohol can kind of mess with your blood sugar levels. What this means is that drinking wine might indirectly cause you to get hungry and eat other (high-carb) foods. Something to keep in mind.

Are Dry Wines Better?

Now, a lot of people assume that sweeter wines have more sugar than dry wines, but I’ve read that that isn’t necessarily the case. They say that the reason some red wines are drier and some white wines sweeter, for instance, is not because of sugar content but because of certain tannins that are present in the red wine. They come from the skin of the grape and give red wines their rich color and tannic flavor.

However, some rich dessert wines, like port or ice wine, may have more sugar.

The Verdict

So here's the take-home message: you can feel free to enjoy a glass of wine now and then and still be true to your low-carb diet. Just keep in mind that drinking too much is definitely going to wreck your diet, so keep it to a glass or two. In fact, moderate drinking can even be good for your heart, due to the link between alcohol and cholesterol.


To learn more about how alcohol affects your diet, check out this article about calories in vodka.



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