Are you wondering how many calories in glass of red wine? We will answer this question and break down everything you need to know about red wine in this post.
What Is Red Wine?
Red wine is a type of wine made from varieties of dark colored grapes. The wine can vary in color from a dark brown color for older red wines, to a brick red for mature wines, right down to an intense violet which is common in younger wines.
How Many Calories in Glass of Red Wine?
The short answer is that there are 85 calories in 100 grams of wine. Therefore in a large (175ml) glass there are approximately 120 calories, for perspective, this is the equivalent of one slice of takeaway pizza. Although there is no fat in wine, the calories come from both the sugar and the alcohol, therefore contributing to a person’s daily calorie intake and with the potential to be fattening. You can see the complete nutritional information for red wine presented below.
Amount per 100 grams
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 4 mg 0%
Potassium 127 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 2.6 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0.6 g
Protein 0.1 g 0%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 2%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 3%
*Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet which is recommended for an adult woman. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your dietary needs.
How Does Red Wine Compare To Other Wines and Alcoholic Beverages?
A small (125ml) glass of dry white wine contains approximately 85 calories, which is about the same as a small glass of red also at about 85 calories. Whilst a small glass of medium dry will have around 95 calories and a small sweet white wine will contain around 120. This is the same as a large (175ml) glass of red wine, which as we have said contains 120 calories. A pint of Guinness has around 170 calories.
Is Red Wine Actually Good For You?
Drinking a glass of red wine now and again has actually been said to be beneficial for your health. Whilst you do need to be aware of the high calorific value of wine and remember that drinking wine with a meal can add up to between 300-400 extra calories, roughly equivalent to an extra ham sandwich a day, wine can be enjoyed in moderation and benefit your health. Wine can be fattening but so can candy and processed meats, it is all about enjoying a small amount of wine as part of a nutritious and varied diet. For more information on what that diet should include, check out our Diet section or try following our Belly Fat Diet Plan for Women. We also recommend following an exercise program if you want to enjoy wine without piling on the pounds.
Recent research from Harvard University showed that 24 hours after a moderate intake of wine (a glass or two) you could expect to see improved blood flow, reduced clotting and an improvement in the lining function of blood vessels. This is particularly surprising considering that drinking alcohol is often linked with a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, but if you only drink a glass or two, this danger wears off after 24 hours. This is because blood pressure rises and blood platelets become stickier immediately after drinking alcohol. In the long term, regularly drinking small amounts of alcohol has been shown to contribute to an increase in levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, also known as good cholesterol, and reduction of blood clots.
Another study from Washington State University found that an ingredient in red wine called resveratrol, could help turn flab into calorie-burning brown fat. The research on mice showed that they were able to change their excess white fat to active “brown” or “beige” fat which reduces weight gain by burning up calories. Fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and apples are especially rich in the polyphenols, including resveratrol, which were found to have contributed to this effect. The compounds can be found in red wines such as merlot and cabernet sauvignon, but at lower levels than in grapes as some of the polyphenols get filtered out in the wine production process.
The research suggests that perhaps enjoying a small glass of red wine every evening may not be as damaging to your health as previously thought, and perhaps even less so than consuming other alcoholic beverages would. It may even be beneficial for your health, but please enjoy in moderation.
Sources: USDA & The Telegraph, Harvard University Press and Washington State University Press