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Can I Drink Champagne on Keto?

December 20, 2017

Yes*

Kind of. Let us explain.

Before you raise a glass to your loved one this New Year, it’s important you understand what champagne (and alcohol, in general) does to your body through the Keto lens.

Here’s your speed-science lesson: You can have alcohol, but it can disrupt your Keto process and your Keto lifestyle.

When we ingest alcohol it’s technically a “toxin.” Your body can’t store it, so it has to break it down. This is know as metabolizing, and more than 90% of the metabolizing of alcohol is done by our favorite Keto organ, the liver. Since the liver has to work overtime to process all that booze, it can disrupt your fat-burning process and slow down ketone production.

Once you start drinking, alcohol begins to enter your bloodstream and go throughout your body. That booze makes its way to your brain where it starts interfering with the neurotransmitters that enable all the brain’s activities (that’s what makes you feel silly, forget stuff, fall over, and stimulates dopamine production.) This limited inhibition can lead to naughty snacking and more drinks.

A single 5 oz. serving of champagne has 96 calories and 1.5 net carbs, so not too bad. However, champagne also has a lower alcohol content, so you might have to drink more of the bubbly to feel tipsy, and those calories and carbs can add up fast.

More than calories, be aware of your drunkenness. Many people report the booze having a stronger effect when they’re on Keto. A good rule of thumb early in your Keto journey is to assume each drink will hit you like two. Once you know how your body responds you can adjust that multiplier.

Champagne and other low carb wines can be a great choice. Champagne is uniquely low carb, while sweeter dessert wines can have up to 14.1 grams of carbs. But there is more than one type of champagne, and its sweetness/sugar content can range, and so can its carb content. In alcohol, residual sugars are any natural sugars that are leftover after fermentation ceases. Whatever sugars are left over contribute to the total carbohydrate in the beverage, varying from drink to drink.

Brut Nature: 0-3 grams of residual sugar

Extra Brut: 0-6 grams of residual sugar

Brut: 0-12 grams of residual sugar

Extra Dry: 12-17 grams of residual sugar

Dry: 17-32 grams of residual sugar

Demi-Sec: 32-50 grams of residual sugar

Doux: 50+ grams of residual sugar

Double check the label and know your favorites.

If champagne isn’t your style, clear liquors (think hard liquor: vodka, tequila, gin, etc.) at about 40% alcohol will likely be your best bet, these are considered “Keto alcohol.” They have no residual sugar, so no carbs.

With hard alcohol, be careful what you mix it with: no juices or anything too sweet. Club soda is a safe bet, just stay clear of tonic unless it’s diet tonic. Despite the bitter flavor, regular tonic has a ton of hidden sugar – up to 35 grams!

Champagne was made for celebrating, and if you’ve been on Keto for a while you’ve probably got a lot to celebrate. Choose a brut or dry champagne, drink responsibly, and celebrate.

7 reasons why drinking champagne is scientifically good for you

With just a few sleeps until Christmas, it’s time to stock up on the champers.

You needn’t feel guilty next time you pop the champagne cork at a wedding, christening or perhaps just a particularly indulgent breakfast.

The fizzy stuff is actually good for you. So next time you raise a glass, remember the below health benefits of drinking bubbles – in moderation, of course.

As Winston Churchill warned: “a single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration…. A bottle produces the opposite”.

1. It can increase your sex drive

It’s well known that alcohol makes people lose their inhibitions. Most alcoholic drinks will give you a momentary buzz but then leave you with little energy and the lack of blood flow you need for arousal. Champagne, on the other hand, allows you to feel its effects much quicker without sapping your energy.

2. It may improve your heart health

Like red and white wine, champagne can be good for your heart. Made from both red and white grapes, it contains the same antioxidants which prevent damage to your blood vessels, reduce bad cholesterol and prevent blood clots. In turn, this lowers the risk of heart illnesses and strokes. But the key word here, as with any alcoholic drink, is moderation.

3. It will keep you sharp

Research from the University of Columbia has shown that champagne contains proteins that are beneficial for your short term memory. A study be Reading University in 2013 said that three glasses of bubbles per week can help improve it.

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4. It boosts your mood

We all know the buoyant feeling that you get from a sip of champagne – this is due to the magnesium, potassium and zinc it contains.

5. It has little calories

Champagne contains fewer calories (80) than both red and white wine (120). The servings are generally smaller too, so it’s the healthier choice all round – as long as you don’t drink the whole bottle.

6. It can lower your risk of diabetes

A 2009 study in Canada showed that all wines, including sparklers like champagne, can lower your risk of contracting diabetes by 13 per cent.

7. It can prevent dementia

Champagne can help prevent dementia say scientists

A glass or two of champagne has been known to prevent the onset of dementia. Research in Pittsburgh found that the risk was almost halved for those who drank ‘moderate’ quantities. The over 40s should heed this advice, as this is when the gradual decline is thought to happen.

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There’s no better way to celebrate a happy occasion than with great company, a bottle of bubbly, and some clinking glasses.

But what if you’re on a keto diet? Do you have to trade that flute of sparkling wine for sparkling water?

Maybe not. Drinking alcohol can work on a keto diet, and the right champagne is very low in carbs and sugar — you just need to know what you’re looking for.

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This article will cover the carbs in champagne, how to find low-carb champagne, and how alcohol consumption fits into a ketogenic diet.

What is Champagne?

Champagne is a very specific type of sparkling wine. There are a lot of different sparkling wines, but in order for one to be champagne, it has to meet several criteria.

First, and most importantly, champagne must come from grapes grown and bottled within 100 miles of France’s Champagne region.

According to European law, if grapes are not grown and bottled within this region, the product cannot be called champagne.

The Champagne region is located about 90 miles northeast of Paris. The soil in this region is rich in limestone, which gives champagne its trademark acidity and small, tight bubbles.

For the most part, champagne grapes are either pinot noir, pinot meunier, or chardonnay. Pinot blanc, pinot gris, petit meslier, and arbane are other types of grapes that can be used as well, but make up a much smaller percentage of the champagne produced.

The process of making champagne is also highly regulated. Winemakers follow strict growing, harvesting, and processing guidelines set by the certification board Appellation d’Origine Controlee. All champagne grapes have to be hand-picked, and they can only be pressed twice.

The distinction between champagne and sparkling wine is so specific that wine producers could even harvest the same exact grapes, use the same methods, but ferment and bottle the wine in a different region and it could no longer be called champagne.

That said, other types of sparkling wine (like cava from Spain and prosecco from Italy) are just as delicious as champagne, and they can be keto as well.

Carbohydrates in Champagne

Carb count varies a lot in champagne and other sparkling wines. The sugar content depends on how long the sparkling wine ferments, as well as how much sugar the winemaker adds toward the end of fermentation.

There are a handful of different types of champagne. The main difference is the amount of residual sugar, and the amount of sugar added towards the end.

Some champagne (and some wines in general, for that matter) contains added sugar for sweetness.

7 Types of Champagne, By Carb Count

Here are seven types of champagne, broken down according to their sugar content:

#1: Brut Nature

This is the driest of them all. The name, nature, implies that there is little to no sweetness added. Although this type of champagne can be hard to find, it’s ideal for a keto diet. One 5-ounce glass typically contains less than 1 gram of carbohydrate.

#2: Extra Brut

With just a little sweetness added, this champagne still tastes quite dry. Extra brut typically contains 1 gram or fewer of carbs per 5-ounce serving.

#3: Brut

Around 95% of champagne is classified as brut. Brut will still taste pretty dry, but it has a hint of sweetness to balance out the acidity. Brut champagne typically has 1-1.5 grams of carb per 5-ounce serving.

#4: Extra Dry

This is where things start to get confusing. Although it’s called “dry,” you’ll actually get more sweetness in extra dry champagne. A small amount of sugar is added to extra dry champagne, giving it a slight but distinctive sweet taste. However, it’s still considered relatively dry. A 5 oz serving of extra dry champagne is typically 2-2.5 grams of carbohydrates in a 5-ounce serving.

#5: Dry

With dry champagne you’ll begin noticing more sweet flavor, and a bit less acidity. A 5-ounce serving of dry champagne typically has 3-6 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

#6: Demi-Sec

This is a noticeably sweet style of champagne. The amount of dosage added gives demi-sec a sweet flavor that is often paired with dessert. A 5-ounce glass of demi-sec will typically contain 6-8 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

#7: Doux

A more rare type of champagne, doux is an even sweeter dessert wine that you’ll want to skip if you’re trying to stay in ketosis. One 5-ounce glass of doux typically contains 8-10 grams of carbs.

How to Choose Low-Carb Champagne

If you’re shopping for your own champagne, make sure the bottle states which type it is.

Remember, the added sugar can make a huge difference in the amount of carbs you’re going to get per glass.

If you’re trying to stay in ketosis go for the brut, extra brut, or extra dry. If you can find brut nature that’s ideal — but pretty rare.

If you’re out and want to order a glass of bubbly, make sure to ask your server which type of champagne they have. Any upscale restaurant will have trained their staff on the different varieties. And if you’re at a dive bar…don’t drink champagne at a dive bar.

One thing to stay on top of is pour size. A 5-ounce glass of extra dry champagne may contain 2 grams of carbs, but five glasses contains 10 grams. And as lovely as it is to have a heavy pour, those grams count and can add up quickly. Stay alert.

The Top 9 Low-Carb Alcoholic Drinks

#1: Brut and Extra Dry Champagne

Ranging from less than 1 gram to 2.5 grams of carbohydrates per 5 ounce serving, these sparkly wines are a great choice.

#2: Dry Wines

From a technical perspective, wines below 1% sweetness are considered to be dry wine. Most dry wines contain about 2 grams or less of carbohydrates per 4 ounce serving. Some examples of dry wines are sangiovese, tempranillo, and sauvignon blanc.

#3: Spirits (Neat or The Rocks)

Both clear liquors and dark liquors are keto. Gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, and tequila all have only trace amounts of carbohydrates per 1.5 ounce serving. Just make sure you drink them neat — don’t go throwing sugary mixers in there.

#4: Dry Brandy

Be sure to choose a dry brandy as opposed to normal brandy. Dry brandy contains only trace amounts of carbohydrate. It’s also important to choose high quality for this one, and make sure it’s barrel-aged. Some producers skip the barrel aging step and just add caramel coloring, which ups the carb count.

#5: Martini

if you want to get fancy with a keto cocktail, martinis are the way to go. They contain a trace amount of carbs, and even have a little healthy fat from the olives.

#6: Vodka Soda With Lime

Simple, classic, and only a trace amount of carbs. If you don’t feel like vodka on the rocks, this is a great stand-in.

And if mixed drinks are more your thing, use these keto-friendly mixers to jazz up your cocktail without the blood sugar spike.

#7: Liquor With Soda Water

To be clear, tonic water and soda water are different. Tonic water can actually have quite a bit of sugar. Go for soda water instead.

#8: Liquor With Zevia

This is a great soda alternative. It comes in flavors resembling all your favorite classic sodas, but it’s sweetened with stevia instead of high fructose corn syrup. You can find it at most grocery stores.

#9: Liquor With Bitters

Bitters are concentrated herbal blends that can add a lot of flavor with just a couple dashes. Be sure to ask the bartender if sugar is added to their bitters, but this common cocktail ingredient is not only sugar-free, it will also help with your digestion.

The Downsides to Alcohol

Having a couple of drinks can be a great way to unwind at the end of a long day. Luckily, living a low-carb lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up this simple pleasure completely.

It’s important, however, to put a bit more thought into what, when, and how much you drink. While alcohol isn’t necessarily going to ruin your keto lifestyle, it does come with some drawbacks.

Your Metabolism Gets Put on Hold

One major factor to consider is that alcohol takes precedence over other fuel sources when it comes to metabolism.

Your body sees alcohol as a toxin (rightfully so). It wants to get it out of your system as quickly as possible, so it puts your liver to work detoxing and metabolizing any alcohol in your bloodstream.

While alcohol is being burned off, you can’t burn other macronutrients as well. This means fat burning goes to the back burner.

To add a little insult to injury — alcohol is a source of empty calories. This means it takes up a bunch of fuel burning potential, but it doesn’t bring any nutrients to the party. And at 7 calories per gram, those empty calories can rack up quickly.

You Get Drunk Faster on Keto

You get drunk a lot faster on a ketogenic diet. That’s great if you want to get a buzz without consuming too many carbs, but it can also catch you unaware if you aren’t expecting it.

If you have carbs in your system while drinking, they’ll slow down the metabolism process of alcohol. Since eating a keto diet means you don’t have excess blood sugar roaming around, alcohol has a clear pathway right to the liver. This means you can get really drunk really fast. It also means you sober up more quickly.

If you’re new to keto, try cutting your alcohol intake in half, and make it a point to drink more slowly until you get a feel for your new tolerance.

May Inhibit Weight Loss

Alcohol turns off fat burning as long as it’s in your system. Your body can metabolize about one drink of alcohol per hour, so if you have three or four drinks — that’s three or four hours that fat burning is offline.

If you have a couple drinks a week, that’s no big deal. But if you’re drinking on a regular basis, you may be sabotaging your fat loss goals in a meaningful way.

Besides maximizing fat burning processes, another important piece of the weight loss puzzle is self-control. While alcohol can do a wonderful job of helping you get out of your head, sometimes it does its job a little too well.

Alcohol also decreases self-control and increases risky behavior, which means you’re more likely to make a 2 AM pizza run after a night of drinking. That’ll knock you out of ketosis and slow down weight loss a lot, so keep it in mind when you go out to drink.

Hangovers Can Be Worse on Keto

Keto can worsen hangovers, too. If you’re already keto adapted, you’re most likely used to feeling pretty fantastic. Clear headed, great energy, no obnoxious cravings throwing you off — you’re living the dream.

Alcohol is dehydrating, and your body holds less water when you’re running on ketones. When your body stores carbohydrates in the form of glycogen, it stores water along with them .

When you’re keto, you don’t carry as much water because you’re running on fat, which doesn’t need water for storage. That’s why you lose several pounds of water weight during your first couple weeks on keto.

Tips To Avoid the Downfalls

Aside from always choosing low-sugar alcohol, use these other tips for avoiding the downfalls of alcohol on keto:

Stay Hydrated

Get ahead of your hangover by switching on and off between alcoholic drinks and water. Also, drink at least 8 ounces before you go to bed.

Eat Some Food

The alcohol you drink will most likely hit you harder when you’re in ketosis. Make sure you have something in your stomach to slow down the absorption process. Keto meals won’t slow down alcohol metabolism as much as carbohydrate-rich foods do, but they’ll still help.

Activated Charcoal

Taking an activated charcoal supplement before or while drinking may help absorb some of the toxins that many alcoholic drinks contain.

Activated charcoal won’t absorb alcohol, but it can bind other toxic fermentation byproducts from alcoholic drinks and eliminate them from your system before you absorb them into your body.

Take two capsules of activated charcoal with every drink to stave off a hangover. It makes a big difference the next morning.

Bottom line: Is Champagne Keto?

Champagne and other low-carb wines can be ketogenic as long as you get the right kind.

Look for “brut” or “extra-dry” on the label, or stick to keto alcohol like dark or clear liquors.

Avoid sugary mixers, slow down your drinking to compensate for your faster alcohol metabolism on keto, and make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid a hangover the next morning.

If you follow all these tips, alcohol can have a place in a keto diet.

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How many calories are in a glass of wine?

You’d never know this from looking at your typical bottle of wine, but the answer is simple: For most dry table wines that hover somewhere between 11 and 14 percent alcohol by volume, a 5-ounce glass will contain about 120 to 130 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Most wine labels tell you the alcohol content and little else. But two recent measures aim to make nutritional information more widely available to drinkers. In 2013, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) ruled that alcohol producers could voluntarily print a “Serving Facts” label on their bottles, similar to what you see on packaged food products in the grocery store—though it’s still unclear whether many producers will opt in.

Meanwhile, starting in December 2015, chain restaurants will be required to disclose calorie information for alcohol, as well as for food, on their menus.

What would a nutrition label look like for an average bottle of dry table wine?

Here’s a sample label based on data from the U.S.D.A.

Where do wine’s calories come from?

One key source of calories is alcohol, which contains 7 calories per gram. So a glass of Zinfandel at 15 percent alcohol by volume will likely contain a few more calories than a glass of Albariño at 11 percent alcohol by volume.

Also contributing to the calorie count are carbohydrates—including sugar—which bring 4 calories per gram. A typical dry wine may have around 4 grams of carbs per pour, whereas the same serving of a sweet dessert wine can deliver about 20 grams of carbs.

Remember, these figures apply to 5-ounce glasses of wine—which, a 2013 study found, many drinkers fail to gauge accurately. You may be pouring more calories than you realize.

What about low-calorie wines, like Skinnygirl?

If Skinnygirl wines are low-calorie, then most wines are low-calorie. One serving of any of Skinnygirl’s offerings—whether Pinot Noir, Moscato or Prosecco—boasts 100 calories, a marginal 20 to 30 fewer calories than in any other dry table wine. That difference is equivalent to about two stalks of celery.

Skinnygirl wines clock in at a relatively normal 12 percent ABV, but other so-called diet wines are much lower in alcohol than many wine lovers expect when they’re imbibing: The Skinny Vine, at 95 calories per glass, offers wines as low as 7.3 percent ABV; Weight Watchers wines, with 89 calories per glass, stand around 8.5 percent ABV.

Are wine’s calories “empty calories”?

Wine by itself may not make a meal, but calorie counts don’t tell the full story of wine’s nutritional value. Although the jury’s still out, drinking wine—especially red wine—in moderation has been linked to a range of positive health outcomes, potentially including weight loss.

Studies from researchers in Spain and Boston have observed lower weight gains among moderate drinkers than among nondrinkers. Other scientists have found that people consume fewer calories overall when drinking wine. These results, of course, may be influenced by confounding lifestyle factors: It’s possible that wine drinkers as a group tend to make healthier lifestyle choices than nondrinkers, not that wine itself takes off the pounds.

Still, other research has found evidence that red-wine polyphenols might prevent fatty foods from being converted to fatty tissue, and that red wine could keep glucose from entering fat cells. We still can’t be completely sure of wine’s effects on weight gain—more research is needed.

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Each day, it seems like a new study goes viral referring to the various claims that wine can be healthy. Alcohol lowers heart attacks! Red wine helps diabetes and memory retention! Wine can actually replace going to the gym!

Oenophiles will use any excuse to sip more vino but, in reality, alcohol has calories that are not often factored into the daily diet — and they can make a big difference.

Calories in wine come from two sources: alcohol and sugar. Of these two, alcohol adds more calories to the finished product, adding about seven calories per gram, whereas residual sugar adds about four calories per gram. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention not only to the sweetness of the wine being consumed, but the alcohol content as well. A dry, low-alcohol wine will have the fewest calories, while a sweet, high-alcohol wine will have the most. However, since sugar has fewer calories than alcohol, a sweeter, lower-alcohol option is often a better choice than a drier, higher-alcohol wine.

Pour size is also something to keep in mind. A five-ounce, or 150 milliliter, serving accounts for about a fifth of the bottle. With each additional drop, more calories pile on. (SHUDDER.) Fortunately, fortified wines are the highest- calorie wines and are typically served in 2-ounce pours, meaning that fewer calories may be consumed in the end.

Curious as to how your favorite wine stacks up? Check out VinePair’s calculations of classic dry, sweet, and sparkling wines below.

Calories calculated using average alcohol and residual sugar levels.
Formula: (Volume (mL) * ABV * 8 * 7 cal/gram) / 1000

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With no goopy sediment in the bottle, no artificial sweeteners, and a simple proprietary blend of red wine and chocolate, Chocolate Shop is moderately sweet at 7% residual sugar (comparable to the sweetness of a late harvest Riesling). Its calorie count is about 170 calories for a five-ounce glass. Made in two tempting varieties, the classic Chocolate Shop Red Wine and limited quantities of the Chocolate Shop Strawberry Red Wine, it has a suggested retail price of $15 per 750ml bottle.

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With levity, vintage appeal and shameless indulgence as brand pillars, Chocolate Shop has proven its staying power. It has been one of the top-selling chocolate red wines in the nation since it launched a little over three years ago and is currently Nielsen’s number two “flavored refreshment” in its price category. In a blind taste test of chocolate red table wine, Wine Spectator named it the favorite of those its taste-testers sampled.

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Alcohol and food
equivalents

Alcoholic drinks are high in calories, particularly common types of drinks such as beer and cocktails. Calories from alcohol are ’empty calories’, meaning they have no nutritional value. Most alcoholic drinks contain traces of vitamins and minerals, but not usually in amounts that make any significant contribution to our diet.

If you ever want to know the exact calorie content of a specific drink, be sure to check out our Unit and Calorie Calculator

Calories in wine

Just one large glass of wine has the same calorie content as many indulgent foods. If you choose to drink alcohol, why not try switching to a smaller glass – a 125ml glass of wine contains 114 calories, half the calories of a large glass.

Calories in Pimm’s

Two glasses of Pimm’s has as many calories as a bagel, and will provide none of the energy your body needs. An alternative, and equally refreshing option could be a mocktail –

Calories in gin

Although a gin & tonic is commonly portrayed as a diet friendly drink, the amount of calories in gin means that this is really not the case. Just two glasses are the calorie equivalent of a chocolate pancake. Why not avoid all those calories by livening up a plain tonic with some lemon and lime slices and some fresh mint?

Calories in alcopops

Alcopops may be relatively small in volume, but you only have to drink one to consume the same amount of calories as in a slice of ham and pineapple pizza. This is due to the high sugar content, making the drink bad news for your waistline if you drink a lot of them.

Calories in rum

Another common spirit and mixer option, rum and coke, is also more fattening than you might expect. Two singles have the same number of calories as a whole bag of chocolate buttons!

Calories in beer

A sirloin steak may be high in calories, but is also full of protein, which helps your body to grow and repair itself. Beer on the other hand, is full of empty calories which provide your body with no nutritional value. What’s more, drinking alcohol actually slows down your body’s fat burning processes, as after you drink alcohol the body prioritises getting rid of it. Read more on our calories in alcohol page.

Calories in champagne

Knowing that a glass of champagne has the same number of calories as a chocolate digestive might make you think twice about getting your glass topped up after a celebratory toast.

Calories in cider

Last but not least, you might be surprised that a pint of cider can contain as many calories as a sugar doughnut! So instead of ordering a pint, opt for a half pint or space out a bottle of cider by filling your glass with some ice first.

So, what can you do?

Now that you’re familiar with the number of calories in gin, cider and other alcoholic drinks, our calorie calculator is a great place to find out how many extra calories you’re consuming through any alcohol you drink. We’ve got lots of great advice on how to cut down if you are keen to start drinking less or stop drinking all together.
Our MyDrinkaware tool will help you to track drinks over time, and makes it easy to see your calorie consumption at the end of the week. If you want to track drinks wherever you are, consider downloading our alcohol tracking app, which will record what you drink and give you personalised tips.

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Take a closer look at the health benefits of drinking, including the actual calories in wine vs beer. You will never look at a pint glass the same again.

Calories in Wine vs Beer

Since the FDA doesn’t require nutrition facts on alcoholic beverages it’s very difficult to understand how much a drink will cost your diet plan. This is a bummer because beverage companies manipulate their marketing messages to confuse people into thinking their alcoholic beverages are better than others. We don’t believe them and neither should you.

Every drink, whether it be beer, wine or liquor is some combination of alcohol calories, sugar calories and sometimes fat calories (fat you say? think Chocolate Shop Wine). Armed with some 3rd grade math and a list of conversions, one can easily determine calories in beer or wine and learn that a vodka-soda doesn’t have to be the only diet drink out there.

Health Benefits of Wine and Beer

Both beer and wine have some added benefits to drinkers that many distilled alcoholic beverages do not. For instance, red wine that is high in tannin which includes procyanidins that protect against heart disease.

Beer is a significant source of dietary silicon which improves bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

Not All Wines and Beers Have the Same Calories

Since some beer and wine have a higher alcohol percentage than others, the total calories will vary greatly.

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A good rule of thumb is to choose the lightest alcohol dry wine or beer in order to have the least calories. In the above graphic you can determine that IPAs have more calories than Lagers.

On the same note a 15% ABV wine, such as a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, has higher calories than German Kabinett Riesling at 8.5% ABV.

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Units and calories
in white wine

What is white wine?

Just like red wine and rosé, white wine is made from the fermented juice of grapes. Common types include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

How many units are in white wine?

A 175ml glass of 13% Alcohol by Volume (ABV) white wine contains 2.3 units.

To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, it’s important to follow the UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) low risk drinking guidelines which advise it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. If you do drink this amount it is best to spread them over several days.

Drinking six 175ml glasses of 13% ABV white wine during the week means you’ll exceed these guidelines. Doing so regularly could increase your chances of developing long-term conditions like heart disease and cancer.

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Watch your measures

Remember that some venues may automatically serve wine in 250ml measures, which means taking on even more units. So make sure to ask for a small (125ml) or medium/regular (175ml) glass if you don’t want a large one.

It’s also good to be mindful that drinks poured at home can often be larger than you realise, especially with the fashion for oversized wine glasses. It’s a good idea to invest in a wine measure so that you know exactly how much wine you’re pouring at home.

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How many calories are in white wine?

A 175ml glass of white wine contains 159 calories – that’s the same as around half a burger. And having two glasses of wine that strength would require around 33 minutes of running to burn off the 332 calories they contain.

Just like in other alcoholic drinks, these are ‘empty calories’ with no nutritional value, so don’t benefit your body in any way.

Drinking too much white wine means consuming extra calories on top of what you eat. Over time, this can cause weight gain and also affect your appearance.

Use our calculator to find out the calories in your drinks

Check the strength of white wine

It’s simple to see how much alcohol is in a glass of white wine. Just look out for the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) which you’ll find on the label, or ask at the bar.

The ABV tells you what percentage of the wine is alcohol.

For example, a 175ml 13% ABV glass of white wine contains 13% pure alcohol. The higher the ABV, the more alcohol is in the drink and the stronger it is.

How to reduce the amount of white wine you’re drinking

White wine is often served at all kinds of social events – from formal work dos to birthdays and weddings.

And because white wine doesn’t necessarily taste alcoholic it can be easy to lose track of how much you’ve drunk.

To take back control, have a soft drink to signal you’re having a break from drinking alcohol, and be mindful of automatic top-ups which can make you drink more than you’d like.

For more easy ways to cut down on white wine:

  1. Be size-savvy. In a bar or restaurant a large glass of white wine can be a massive 250ml. Ordering a smaller size is a simple move to cut your consumption.
  2. Try a low-alcohol white wine. As people decide to drink less manufacturers have responded with lower-alcohol white wines. Remember that they still contain alcohol, but a 5.5% ABV wine contains a lot less than regular strength options.
  3. Have dry days. Having a few alcohol-free days a week can really help you cut down. If you find it tough at first try organising something fun – anything from a relaxing bath to trying a new exercise class.
  4. Opt out of rounds. Drinking in rounds means you’re sipping at the speed of the fastest-drinking person in your group. To stay in control, opt out and go at your own pace instead.
  5. Use our free app to track your units. The Drinkaware: Track and Calculate Units App is a simple-to-use tool for keeping tabs on how much alcohol you’re drinking each week.

Wine is a very popular alcoholic bevvy but what does it do to your waistline? (Picture: Getty)

No sun-soaked afternoon is complete without a glass of wine – unless you’re teetotal, of course.

And while we don’t get a great lot of vineyard-worthy weather in the UK, that doesn’t stop us knocking wine back like it’s an elixir of immortality.

But in this increasingly health-obsessed society, the question of how good wine actually is for us (aside from the fact it’s alcohol) is coming up more and more.

So how many calories are there in wine? Does it vary? And which kind of wine has the most calories in it?

Wine is a beautiful meal accompaniment, and in calorie terms it’s a meal in itself (Picture: Getty)

Wine is pretty calorific, with less calorific wines being made in Europe because production laws mean the alcohol level in wine is generally lower.

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The high calorie content may not be a surprise considering wine is basically the fermented juice of crushed fructose-stuffed grapes (there’s 16g sugar in 100g of grapes).

There are between 70 and 90 calories in 100ml of wine (80 as an overall average), and in restaurants wine comes in 125ml (small), 175ml (medium) and 250ml (large) glasses.

So a small glass of wine is around 100 calories, a medium is around 140 calories and a large is around 200 calories.

A bottle of wine contains 750ml (75cl) so the average number of calories in a bottle of wine is 600.

White wine is less calorific than red wine but more calorific than rose (Picture: Getty)

These are estimates, but we do also know how many calories are in the average white, red and rose wine as well, though it does vary.

Rose wine contains between 70 and 80 calories per 100ml and it’s the least calorific of the three.

White wine contains between 73 and 83 calories per 100ml, while red wine contains between 75 and 85 calories per 100ml, so it’s the most calorific of them all.

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The difference between these wines’ average energy content is pretty small and the ultimate calorie amount in a bottle will depend how much alcohol is in it.

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A rare 14.5 per cent bottle of wine could go up to 90 calories per 100ml, coming to 675 calories a bottle. And those calories are pure sugar, don’t forget!

Low calorie wines started being produced many years ago and most of them boast of having just 60 – 70 calories per 125ml.

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