Let’s talk about one of the ladies’ favorite, wine! Wine has been there for us through joyful and awful moments, wine can console one from a devastating situation or get the party going.

But did you know that wine is actually good for your health? And yes you can drink wine even if you’re under a diet plan.

This is a lifestyle and the key word is life. Sometimes its you have to live a little. However, track your wine!

Let’s check three different kind of wines and compare their caloric content and benefits:

Red Wine

Since Red Wine is made of Red grapes, it contains High-fiber Tempranillo which is used to create Red Wine itself. This content is known to have a significant effect in lowing cholesterol levels. It also has Polyphenols, which are the anti-oxidants in wine, this helps in protecting your heart from the risk of clotting. Other fantastic benefits of Red Wine, it controls, blood sugar, fights colds and has cancer prevention benefits.

White Wine

Is a little less healthy compared to Red Wine; Red Wine when processed include the grapes’ skin which is rich in antioxidant. The White Wine on the other hand is processed without any skins, but regardless the grapes itself are still healthy so white wine is still a ‘healthy’ adult beverage. Just like Red Wine, White Wine is still high in anti-oxidants; a study also shown that moderate lifelong white wine intake actually improves lung health. White Wine can also cause less hangovers.

Rose Wine

Contrary to the name Rose wine is not literally made from roses, but still made from grapes but it does include some of the rose plant in the wine. Rose Wine has the same benefits as with White Wine, however some Rose Wines, in addition have increased levels of reservation, which have more anti-oxidants.

 

How to track your wine consumption?

A surefire technique that I am using and that I provide to my clients is to track ANY calorie that you eat  by using MyFitness Pal. For those of you not familiar with this cool tool, you can check it here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

Tracking your alcohol consumption via MyFitness Pal makes the whole world easier. Just key in the data based on the amount and what type of wine you intend to consume. MyFitness Pal will compute it for you.  Sample below:

How often should you be drinking wine?

Well, I would recommend drinking wine once a week, and include it in your calorie tracker.

 

TIP:Keep your alcohol budget at or below 200 calories Pick these lower calorie alcohol alternatives:

Red or white wine: 5 ounces | Calories; 118, Carbohydrate: 4g

Remember that alcohol calories is the second most potent source of calories. We don't burn extra calories to metabolize alcohol.

And alcohol is seen as a toxin, in that case, the liver prioritizes metabolizing alcohol first which means fats are getting in line while waiting for the alcohol to be metabolized first!

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