Wine Carbohydrates

If you’re on a low carb diet you’re probably watching every bite and continually checking the carb content on the nutrition labels.

But have you thought about the carbohydrate content in drinks?   The carbohydrates in a glass of wine are minimal compared to calories. A glass of wine has only 0.5 grams of carbohydrates but 83 calories. Alcohol burns faster than fat, protein, and carbohydrates so even if you’re on a low carb diet, wine should not be your low carb drink of choice.

If you’re looking to lose weight, diet experts suggest cutting alcohol out of your diet. Alcohol contains calories with no added nutritional value.

However, if you’re craving that glass of Cabernet here’s a few things to remember:

  • There are few carbs in wine.  When grapes are made into wine only a few carbohydrates remain.
  • The carbs in red wine are minimal. A 5-ounce glass of red wine contains 83 calories and 0.5 grams of carbs.
  • Your body processes alcohol before fat, protein, or carbohydrates. This slows down the burning of fat in your body and can cause weight gain.
  • Alcohol does contain a lot of calories per glass but not a lot of carbs.
  • The carbohydrates in wine are minimal but wine should not be considered a beneficial low carb drink in your diet plan.

    WineWine Carbohydrates (grams)Calories
    Red Table Wine0.583
    White Table Wine0.877
    Sparkling Wine1.692
    Rose2.982

    If you’re on a low carb diet be aware that even food and drinks with low carb content can contain high amounts of calories, which will add unwanted pounds. If you’re having a glass of wine with dinner, try to enjoy it for what it is and not part of any diet plan.


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