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March 14, 2017 by
Jay Medley
Alcohol can be responsible for adding many calories to our diet, even if you’re someone who only indulges in the occasional cocktail or glass of wine.

Unfortunately, most alcoholic drinks are calorically dense and possess high levels of sugar. But that doesn’t mean that you have to completely cut it out of your life. Everyone deserves some fun and indulgence in their life, after all.

Keep reading to learn how to seek out wines won’t ruin your diet or your chances of having the body you want. Since nutritional information isn’t quite as upfront on many wine bottles as it is on different foods we find at the grocery store, this can be tricky. But we are here to make it simple.

Wines that Are Waistline Friendly

Look at the ABV

The alcohol by volume (ABV) percentage on a bottle of wine is a good indication of how healthy or unhealthy it may be. These numbers typically range from 9 to 17%. According to Shape Magazine, you should aim for a wine with an ABV between 9 to 12% to stay in the healthier range.

This equates to about 110 to 140 calories for a six ounce glass. Lower alcohol content wines usually are lower in calories, since alcohol has seven calories per gram, while the carbs that tend to make up sugars in alcoholic beverages have four per gram.

Drink white wine

Unfortunately for all those red wine lovers out there, white wines are typically the healthier choice. White wines such as riesling and pinot grigio are most usually those on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to calories.

While these six ounce glasses may have 140 calories or less in them, light reds could contain 135 to 165 calories per glass while a darker and higher alcohol content red sways may have up to 200 calories in a serving.

Chardonnay and sauvignon blanc are common white wines that have a higher alcohol content and thus more calories than the lighter ones.

Be careful of the bubbles

While a bubbly glass of champagne is always a tempting option, beware that these selections may contain added sugar that will increase the calorie content of your drink.

If you want to enjoy champagne – whether you are celebrating or simply in the mood for something festive – look for the bottle to be labeled “brut nature” or “brut zero”, which denotes that no extra sugar has been added.

Regular champagne, cava, and U.S. sparkling wines are usually safe, but avoid Italian champagne and prosecco, given that region has less structured rules around added sugar.

Whenever you are being health conscious and not looking to ruin your nutrition and fitness efforts, it’s important to look at your diet holistically – which includes any alcohol consumption. Hopefully this quick and simple guide makes picking a type and brand of vino easier for you as you look to cut loose, indulge, and enjoy yourself going forward.

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