Wine and Calories

By December 16, 2015News, Wine & Health, Wines

I am a life time member of Weight Watchers.

Weight has always been a struggle for me. In my elementary school days, my nickname was Roly Poly Marottoli.

8 points right here

As an adult I always wanted to weigh 190 pounds and the only time I weighed 190 was when I passed it on my way to 230. So I joined Weight Watchers and the struggle continues but so far I have stayed below my target weight. But it ain’t easy.

And recently WW increased the point value of a glass of wine from 3 to 4. For those of you not familiar with the system, you are alloted a certain number of points per day and an extra 35 to use during a 7 day period. (n.b. I still use a system which is not the current WW program but it works and I’m used to it.) My daily point intake is 27 so 1 glass of wine leaves me 23 points for the rest of the day. 3 glasses leave me 15 points, etc so as you can see there’s not much room left for food. The key is restraint.

If you’re not a member of WW but like to count calories, at least one company has started providing caloric amounts for their wines: Treasury Wine Estates of Australia. Treasury’s portfolio includes Penfolds, Stags’ Leap, Matua and Beringer.

I gleaned this information from a recent Wine Spectator report which indicates that according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, a 5 ounce glass of dry table wine contains about 120 to 130 calories.

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