Wine Nutrition and Calorie Chart

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.

Wine Nutrition Facts

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?

50 Things Highly Productive People Do

Lifehack has the following advice for improving your productivity.

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I agree with most of the above advice, but not all of it. Here is what I disagree with, and why.

  • 01: I agree with the advice to use a text editor so you can just start writing, but it doesn’t matter what brand it is. What is important is using a text editor. Per Garr Reynolds, software with many editing options distract you from the content. Write, then edit.
  • 023: Only if you monitor your accounts for inputs/outputs. I find I do better when I manually pay everything online, because it forces me to balance my accounts on a monthly basis. I am more aware of what I have been charged, how much I have spent, and how much I have remaining in my checkbook balance.
  • 40: Uh, “no”. Regular, consistent sleep is better for you over the long run.
  • 47: How do you determine what you need to read versus not need to read without at least skimming over the entire document?
  • 50: Not everyone uses Windows. What should Linux, Unix, and Max OSX users do?

With regards to Lifehack’s advice, above, what do you agree with? Disagree with? Do you agree or disagree with my comments above?

Facebook User Privacy Habits, September-October 2013

Facebook user privacy settingsI care very much about my privacy on Facebook, but I find it frustrating to keep up with the various changes that occur on a regular basis. I check my privacy settings every few months, when I remember, or when there is a big kerfuffle online about the latest privacy settings changes. Therefore, I found this data about how often people pay attention to and actually use their Facebook privacy settings very interesting.

Facebook Privacy and User Habits , Sept-Oct 2013

Will you make any changes based on what you’ve read in this infographic? If so, what changes will you make?

[Infographic via Social Media Today.]

FINdonesia: Being #1 Is Not Always Something to Be Proud Of

I’d like to take a break from my usual publications about data and its taming, to discuss something else of importance to me: wildlife conservation.

If you aren’t familiar with “shark finning“, you may read more about it here. The good news is that shark fin soup has been outlawed by the Chinese Communist Party. However, many people around the world still eat the soup.

Why does this matter?

Shark finning kills an estimated 100 million sharks worldwide each year, and the soup – which experts say has no nutritional value – is brewed from fins frequently sawed off live sharks before their bodies are dumped back into the ocean to die.

There are other reasons for the decline: Shark fin has been removed from Hong Kong government receptions, and a celebrity-endorsed campaign to persuade hotels not to serve shark fin soup – and airlines not to carry the fins – has produced some high-level converts, notably the Shangri-La hotel chain, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific Airlines.

A growing environmental awareness among younger Chinese has also helped. Photographs of thousands of shark fins drying on the roof of a Hong Kong building in January 2013 went viral in China and triggered widespread revulsion.

Mark Thorpe, an Emmy and International film festival award-winning photographer and Twitter friend of mine, is raising funds for his project, “FINdonesia: Being #1 Is Not Always Something to Be Proud Of“, on Indiegogo. It’s about the shark fin industry in Indonesia.

FINdonesia Pilot
from Sea Wild Earth 1 month ago ALL AUDIENCES

Our Indiegogo crowd funding project page: indiegogo.com/projects/findonesia/x/5549768 for those of you who may be moved enough to support this film project. Thanks.

Indonesia is the Worlds leading exporter of shark fins to the SE Asian shark fin soup industry. Of late it is also playing an expanding role in the export of manta ray gill sections for Chinese medicines and potions. With some 17,500 plus islands supporting a population approaching 250 million it is no surprise these waters are rapidly being emptied of its diverse and iconic marine life. With an estimated 10% of the total population also dependent on the Oceans for their daily sustenance it comes as no surprise that these resources are dwindling, fast.

I will be aiming to travel the length and breadth of this amazing archipelago to document not just the negative side of this fishery but also to bring to light some stories of hope. Stories of local fishermen turning towards Eco-tourism after realizing the potential long term benefits and revenues of marine wildlife related tourism as opposed to the one off reward for selling a fished commodity.

I will be joining shark fishermen as they take perilous 12 day excursions in search of their prey, I will document the fishery in every element, the people surviving from it, the people benefiting from it and the questionable measures some will go to in order to continue their catches. It will be a definite eye opener.

The Music was composed and scored by Craig Gannon (The Smiths, Aztec Camera, Alison Moyet)

I shot the entire piece on a Canon 5DMkII on the islands of Bali and Lombok, Indonesia, and used FCPx for editing. The title sequence was created in Motion 5 using a template from MotionVFX

Please give to this project, or share this link with others who may be able to donate or share.

Thank you.

Science Says You Have Time for Happiness.

Happiness quote, Helen KellerThe “pursuit of happiness” is an “unalienable right” guaranteed to U.S. citizens by The Declaration of Independence. But…what is happiness, and how can one become happy?

Many researchers have studied this state of being we call happiness, and here are some of their findings.

Whether you have five minutes to relax or a year to focus on building lasting habits, here are 16 scientifically-backed ways to boost your happiness levels.

Happiness Matrix

Smile. A 2011 study showed that thinking about something positive that makes you smile can actually make you happier (fake smiles don’t do the trick), while 2003 Clark University research found that smiling activates positive memories.

Go for a run. Physical activity boosts the brain’s release of endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters that can improve mood and well-being.

Pray. Spirituality and religious involvement is linked with greater well-being and happiness, according to a review of more than 300 studies on the connection between spirituality and health, while prayer is thought to relieve stress.

Laugh. In addition to relieving stress, laughter can boost mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Go for a stroll in the park. There are many health benefits to spending time in nature, including, perhaps, increased well-being. One UK study showed that subjects were significantly happier when in natural environments as compared to when they were in urban environments.

Perform an act of kindness. Do something nice for someone else today — it could make you happier, according to University of California research.

Listen to happy music. Students who listened to “happy” music while making a concerted effort to feel happier experienced elevations in mood, according to a small study published this year in the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Walk tall. Walking with an upbeat stride might make you feel happier, according to Florida Atlantic University research. In the study, walkers who were told to take long strides with their arms swinging and heads held high reported feeling happier after a three-minute jaunt than a group that shuffled and looked downwards while walking.

Meditate. Meditation may be helpful in lowering stress levels and reducing symptoms of mild depression, and has been linked with emotional well-being and improved sleep.

Keep a gratitude journal. Be thankful for what you have! A number of studies have found a strong correlation between gratitude and well-being, starting at a young age. Teaching kids gratitude in schools has been linked to boosts in positive emotions and optimism.

Go on vacation. The mere anticipation of an upcoming trip can boost overall happiness for up to eight weeks before you take off, according to a 2010 Dutch study.

Play with a puppy. Your brain may be wired to enjoy playing with puppies. One study suggested that petting a furry friend can increase activity in the left-side of the brain, which is associated with pleasure and happiness, and pet ownership has been linked with increased well-being.

Take a nap. Sleep deprivation can up your stress levels. One experiment showed that after memorizing a list of words, sleep-deprived college students could remember 81 percent of words with a negative connotation (“cancer”), and only 41 percent of positive or neutral words (“sunshine”). What’s more, researchers have linked catnaps with improved mood.

Enjoy a nice cup of tea. Noticing and appreciating life’s small pleasures can literally rewire the brain for happiness by shifting the brain’s negativity bias, according to psychologist Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness. “We’re surrounded by opportunities — 10 seconds here or 20 seconds there — to just register useful experiences and learn from them,” Hanson told The Huffington Post.

Volunteer. Helping others could go a long way towards helping yourself. A recent University of Exeter study found that volunteering can boost happiness, ease depression and even help you live longer, Everyday Health reported.

Have sex. Sex might just help you relieve stress and boost well-being. A study by the Institute For The Study of Labor found that people who have sex at least four times a week tend to be happier and less depressed — not to mention make more money. Plus, it could even keep your heart and immune system healthy!

Think of happy times. Feeling nostalgic about the past can make you feel happier and more optimistic about the future, according to a recent University of Southampton study.

What makes you happy? Is there anything you do to boost your own happiness that isn’t on this list? What advice would you give to someone on how to be happy?

[Article by Carolyn Gregoire at The Huffington Post.]

Types of Baseball Pitches

Ken Burns - BaseballI spent the fall and winter of 2013-2014 working my way through all ten innings of Ken Burns‘s documentary series on Baseball.

I’d like to honor all of those great players by posting this set of black and white photos that show nine types of pitches: the circle change up, the knuckleball, the knuckle curve ball, the four seam fastball, the change up, the curve ball, the split finger fastball, the two seam fastball, and, the forkball.

The Nine Types of Baseball Pitches

Do you have a favorite pitch? What about pitcher?

[Image via honeyandfitz.]

Simple Time & Organization Tips for Your Computer, Home, Office, and Life

How to Be the Most Organized Person in the WorldIs one of your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions to better organize your life? Do you need some help getting started re-organizing your computer, home, office, or life? If so, the writers at Greatist have compiled this infographic called “How to Be the Most Organized Person in the World“.

It’s filled with nifty tips and tricks to help you better organize all aspects of your life. The information is divided into sections: computer, home (bedroom, kitchen, & bathroom), workplace, purse or briefcase, and life. The authors include pointers to books and links with more in depth information to help you better organize your time, home, computer, office, and life. (One note: the authors recommend using Google Reader to organize RSS feeds. Google discontinued their Reader, but otherwise, RSS is alive and well. RSS-readers.org has compiled a list of alternatives to Google Reader.)

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What are some of your favorite time and home, office, and computer organization tips?