Does Wine Make You Fat?

Does Wine Make You Fat?


It’s often a conversation topic while drinking with friends– “What’s the least caloric drink I can drink?” or “Does wine make me fat?” You go through the list of cocktails, beers and wines and try to figure out which drink is the best for your lips and worst for your hips.

There are plenty of theories as to what alcoholic drink is the healthiest of all. Cocktails, and this depends very much on the cocktail, are usually the drinks that will keep you in the gym an extra few hours a week. The sugar content, addition of sodas and juices usually make these quite high in calories. A long island ice tea can even reach up to 800 calories per cocktail.
Beer is known to form a bit of a belly, hence the term “beer belly” as it too is quite caloric in nature. And who can stop at just one beer?

Can Wine Make You Fat?

Then we get to wine. Wine is indeed the best alcoholic drink for anyone who is watching their waistline.

But the question remains – Can wine make you fat?
The simple answer is – yes, if you drink too much of it too often of the time. One serving of wine typically contains anywhere from 100 to 300 calories, depending on the wine and alcohol content. The higher the alcohol content, the more caloric the wine can be thanks to the sugars. But do keep in mind that the higher the alcohol content, the more likely you are to drink your wine slowly, making it less likely to chug your alcohol as you would a low-alcohol content, cold glass of beer.

There is another plus side to drinking red wine. Studies show that thanks to resveratrol, a chemical compound found in red wine, you may be able to skip the gym and drink wine instead! Resveratrol helps increase the metabolism so much so that a glass of wine may be the equivalent of an hour at the gym!

So, if you’re deciding what to drink at that night out with friends, opt for an aged red wine such as a Brunello di Montalcino or a Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon and treat yourself to a healthy way to drink!