Leave the Cannoli, Bring the Wine
|April 24, 2009||Posted by admin under Healthy Eating, Wine|
Seems that lately everything I read about nutrition is encouraging us to consume less calories. If our daily consumption was examined accurately (truthfully) we all could find some high calorie snack (Cannoli) to eliminate to save calories. That is great news, because now you don’t have to take wine off the menu. Wine is mostly water, some flavoring and alcohol. Since water has no calories, and the flavoring is pretty minute, the calories are in the alcohol.
Here’s how to determine the amount of alcohol calories you are consuming.
- Alcohol content of wine is measured in percentage.
- Alcohol in wine is usually from 10% to 14 % by volume.
- A 750 milliliter bottle is about 25 ounces.
- The Formula: 1.6 x percentage of alcohol x ounces you consume.
So, if you drink two 5 ounce glasses of 12.5 % wine: 1.6 x 12.5% x 10 ounces = 200 calories. The calories in a glass of wine come solely from the alcohol in the wine. There are only trace amounts of protein in the wine and 0 grams of any kind of fat.
That is more great news, 200 calories for two glasses of wine. Just taking two Ring Dings and a Zebra off the menu and you will eliminate about 460 calories. However, we must be moderate and realize that wine is not a food group (yet) and only sugary snacks and high fat foods should be swapped out for the wine calories, not our good Fresh from Florida fruits and vegetables.
Here are some caloric figures for ‘full servings’ of wine and wine-like products:
5oz of 12.5 % alcohol Wine: 100 calories
5oz “Lite” wine: 80 calories
12oz Wine Spritzer: 120 calories
12oz Wine Cooler: 215 calories
12oz can of 5 % beer: 146 calories
2.5oz of 80 proof rum or vodka: ~100 – 120 calories
SOURCE: Lisa Shea www.wineintro.com
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