Have you ever wondered why a bottle of wine doesn’t have a nutrition facts label?
Here’s what the folks at Wine Folly say.
Wine Nutrition Facts
Learn the nutrition facts of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and sweet wine. The calories can differ from wine to wine depending on one key factor: ABV
Q: Why doesn’t wine have nutrition facts on the label?
One of the reasons nutrition facts are not listed on a wine label is to stipulate that booze is not part of a daily diet. Unfortunately, wine is not calorie free! It’s time to understand what’s in your wine and how different types of wine affect calories and nutrients.
Why aren’t wine nutrition facts standardized?
Since alcohol is the primary source of calories in wine there can’t be a standard number. Fundamentally speaking, sweeter grapes ferment into higher alcohol wine. Besides carbs and calories, there are also nutrients in wine from grape skins. Red wines fall into this category and generally contain more minerals and antioxidants than most white wines.
Alcohol is the primary source of calories
Alcohol has almost 2 times the amount of carbs as sugar. Thus, alcohol affects the calories in wine more than sugar. In some cases, a slightly sweet and low alcohol wine will actually have less calories than a dry high alcohol wine.
Carbohydrates in wine
Carbohydrates in wine come from sugar and alcohol. Wine contains 9 – 19 grams of carbs per serving. This estimate does not include flavored wines which are much higher.
What other nutrients can be found in wine?
Flouride 40% –The benefit of flouride is from topical use and prevents tooth decay.
Manganese 10% –Antioxidant beneficial to brain, liver and nervous system.
Potassium 5% –Helps keep your heart beating.
Iron 4% –Delivers oxygen to your body.
Vitamin B6 4% –Helps access energy in your the body.
Vitamin B2 3% –aka Riboflavin. Antioxidant that aids in oxygen delivery in the body.
Phosphorus 3% –Bone strength, regulate hormones, aid in digestion.
Choline 2% –Helps in memory and liver function.
What about sulfites in wine?
Read about all the interesting additives in wine What You Need To Know About Wine Additives.
Should wine nutrition facts be on wine labels?
In early February 2013, the health minister of UK announced that there is new discussion of the “possible inclusion of calorie content on labels” on alcoholic beverages. The hope is to better educate consumers to the affects of what they’re drinking and reduce over-drinking. Allergy statements, such as sulfites, currently must be mentioned on most wine labels around the world.
Well, now you know!
Will you make different choices with regards to your wine consumption, based on the chart and information above?