Alcohol…always a very popular question. Which beverages have the most calories? Sugar? How many can I have? Will I gain weight? Is red wine really go0d for you?
A Serving of Wine is 4 Ounces
You’re probably thinking, “that’s barely a third of the glass.” That might be because many modern wine glasses are almost as large as a bucket. Understanding what constitutes a proper serving size of wine, beer, and liquor will go a long way in helping you manage and enjoy your consumption.
- A 4-ounce glass of red or white wine (1 portion) has roughly 100 calories.
- 6 to 7 ounces of wine is the average size glass poured at restaurants (or for that matter at home). So when you say you’ve only had 2 glasses of wine, you’ve really had 3 and that’s roughly 300 calories. Do that a few times a week and your waistline will pay the price.
- Perception is reality: a jumbo glass filled with 4 ounces of wine doesn’t look like much. A smaller wine glass filled with 4 ounces looks sufficient. So serve and drink out of smaller glasses.
- White wine glasses are traditionally smaller than red wine glasses. But even they have grown in size. White wine glasses used to hold 8 ounces; now they hold 12.
- Smaller red wine glasses—once the norm—hold about 9 ounces. Today, the normal red wine glass holds 12 to 14 ounces So if you don’t have smaller wine glasses, purchase some—they’re better for you and just as chic.
In Vino Virtue—Especially Red Wine
The antioxidant Resveratrol (called “Res” by those in the know) occurs naturally in the skins of red grapes and is the power ingredient responsible for red wine’s health benefits.
- Recent research suggests that moderate red wine consumption (see below) may be beneficial for more than just your heart: it’s also believed to lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) and boost your HDL (good cholesterol), thereby reducing your overall risk of heart disease.
- One study found that Res may inhibit tumor development in some cancers, while another study focused on the ability of Res to aid in nerve formation. This makes red wine potentially helpful in the treatment of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.
- Moderate wine consumption is defined as a 3.5-4 oz. glass of wine. One glass for women and two for men per day.