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Wine Calories – How Many Calories Are In a Glass of Wine

Article by Daniel Manu on January - 16 - 2012

There is a trendy concern for wine calories today, which started mostly due to the health benefit studies involving daily wine servings. The tie between resveratrol, found in generous quantities in wine, and heart health, cancer prevention and bone mineral density benefits have made people take a much closer look at how big their wine intake is and should be.

Studies have shown that only daily moderate wine serving will yield health benefits. Too much and they turn into problems, too little and there’s not much impact to speak of.

How Many Calories Are In a Glass of Red WineModerate wine serving is considered to be 2 glasses of wine per day. But how much wine should those glasses contain? A typical restaurant will cap at 5 ounces per glass. A typical household consumer will be more generous and will usually cap at 6-7 ounces per glass.

Strictly speaking you should be drinking 4 ounces per glass, or half a cup. That would make your daily serving 8 ounces of wine. This is regarded to be the best balance between calorie intake and maintaining health benefits.

How many calories are in a glass of red wine?

The question boils down to how many calories are in an ounce of red wine. The key player here is sugar. And red wine has slightly less residual sugar than white wines. This would make red wine have less calories than white wine.

Most nutrition charts suggest 25 calories per ounce of red wine. This would make your glass have an approximate 100 calories. However most of the time a real wine glass will have 125-150 calories, since most people don’t stop at 4 ounces.

What is the difference in calories between red wine and white wine?

Pouring White WineWhite wines retain more sugar during the fermentation process. And you would think that white wines will have higher calorie levels. However, this difference is hardly noticeable.

Only very sweet dessert wines, like Doux Champagne or an ice wine will really have more calories. For most white wines you can still safely count 25 calories for each ounce of wine.

Many people would probably be surprised at what 4 a ounce glass really looks like. And since you’re not going to take out a measuring cup to hit it right on the button you can safely assume you’re taking at least a little more than 4 ounces per glass.

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