What are Wine Carbohydrates?

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You have probably heard of the wine carbohydrates throughout the last decade, if you have paid any attention to health news or nutrition.

The carbohydrate is often referred to as simply a carb. There are good carbohydrates and bad ones, not to mention simple carbs and complex carbs. So how do you know what you’re actually eating and drinking? Did you know that there are even carbohydrates in wine?

What is a Carb Anyway?

So, you probably have a general idea of a carb, and that some carbs, like fat, should be avoided. However, it is not recommended to cut all carbs out of your diet, as they are essential to your health. First and foremost, carbohydrates are a main source of your body’s energy.

There are two main classes of carbohydrates including simple and complex. Carbs are commonly found in sugars, fiber, and starches, and each carbohydrate actually contains about 4 calories. When you consume carbs, whether via food or drink, your body converts the carbohydrates into energy by turning them into glucose, or blood sugar.

The Simple Carbs

Most of the time, simple carbs get coined as bad carbs, but it isn’t always the case. Not all foods containing simple carbs are bad for you as many fruits and vegetables are sources of simple carbs.

Simple carbs are commonly called fructose, sucrose, and galactose. The carbs that you eat become your body’s fuel, but if that energy is not used, the body will store the energy as fat.

The Complex Carbs

Like the simple carbs, complex carbs are found in many fruits and vegetables but they are mainly in food that is high in both starches and fiber. Complex carbs are better for your body because they take longer to be broken down into energy, thus burning more calories.

The more calories you burn, the less sugar is left over to be stored as fat. However, whether you have an excess of simple or complex carbs, you must still burn it off through plenty of activity.

Red Wine Carbs

A standard pour of wine is between 4 and 6 ounces and red wine contains just under one gram (.75 to .90) per each ounce. This means that red wine has about 4 to 6 carbs per glass. A good way to watch your red wine carbs is to figure the amount of ounces your glass is and estimate one carb per ounce.

White Wine Carbs

White wine typically has fewer carbs than red wine. The average amount of carbs in white wine is about .6 grams which means that a 4 to 6 ounce glass of wine has about 3.6 carbs or less. If you are concerned about the amount of carbs you consume each day, you may want to stick with the white wine.

But, do not assume just because it is a white wine that it has fewer carbs, as the sweet dessert wines and late harvest wines have about 2 to 5 carbs per ounce! Just keep in mind that the sweeter the wine is, the more carbs it will have.

Watching Your Carbs

Just because you may be watching your carbs doesn’t mean you have to eliminate red wine from your menu. Remember, anything in moderation is usually safe, and the same goes for wine carbohydrates. If you should happen to overindulge, simple take a walk and stay active.

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