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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Diet-Friendly Wines To Try Out

September 16th, 2020

Can you have your usual glass of wine even when you’re trying to cut down on the calories? Fear not, because you certainly can! There are actually diet-friendly wines out there for us calorie-conscious wine lovers. So you don’t need to sacrifice that happiness in a bottle:

Diet-friendly wines for you!

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Calorie-friendly reds…

You don’t need to sit back and state enviously at family or friends boozing it out with their favorite reds. There are calorie-friendly red wines that will satisfy your palate without busting your waistline. We recommend sticking to merlot, pinot noir, or rosé. Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., creator of the F-Factor Diet, broke down the calorie count on these reds. She said they each contain about 88 calories, 3 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of sugar per glass. That being said, avoid marsala and sherry if you are looking to lose weight. Those glasses are loaded with 164 calories, 14 grams of carbs, and 8 grams of sugar.

Diet-friendly whites

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Choosing your whites well…

Now let’s move on to the whites. You’d want to get acquainted with the lighter white wines to work with your weight loss program. Diet-friendly ones include chardonnay, white zinfandel, or sauvignon blanc. Expert studies show that these are all under 85 calories, with 2.6 grams carbs and 1 gram of sugar per glass. Stay clear of sweet dessert wines like riesling or moscato. These are the real killers because of their calorie, sugar and carb contents. Each glass contains about 160 calories or more, 12 grams of carbs, and 8 grams of sugar.

Sugar-free sparkling, proseco & champagne…

Ever heard of sugar-free sparkling wines? There’s also the sugar-free champagnes, prosecco, and cavas. But not everyone is well-informed about them. A little digging around helps a lot! You’ll be able to unearth a niche collection of bone-dry vinos that go by a few different names. “Zero dosage”, “brut nature” and “pas dose” will all contain less than 3g of residual sugar per litre. Note that some can be particularly great as an aperitif or with seafood. You get that crisp, refreshing taste with just the right level of mouth-watering acidity. Others might be a bit harsh on the palate, so choose carefully. Check out those that are labeled extra brut. They usually contain a maximum of 6g of sugar. While still a very dry style, you’ll often find a bit more complexity in these. Plus compared with the sugar in a regular brut which is around 9-12g, they’re obviously more diet-friendly. ^_^


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