Love your alcohol? You might want to know that, generally, the higher the alcoholic content, the more calories the beverage contains.
“A gram of alcohol provides up to seven calories of energy, so the higher the alcoholic content, the higher the total number of calories,” says Louis Yap, a dietitian at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. He adds that the number of calories the drink contains also depends on other macronutrients such as carbohydrates.
So why, then, do people say having a glass of wine a day could be good for your health?
Louis says that this is because there is research evidence that supports the benefits of red wine, which is attributed to the presence of resveratrol, an antioxidant, and other compounds that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
He says, “This was discussed in the French-Paradox hypothesis—the French have lower coronary heart diseases despite their higher intake of dietary cholesterol and saturated fats.”
He however points out even if the hypothesis is correct, there are other variables involved that could affect how we are affected by wine.
“The studies were done on the French and Singaporeans may not necessarily enjoy similar benefits,” he explains.
OK, so while drinking a glass of wine every day might not necessarily lower your risk of heart disease, we do enjoy a good drink, especially after a long day at work. But as with all things, it’s important to do things in moderation, especially where calories are involved.
So just how many calories does a 150ml glass of your favourite wine contain? Scroll through the gallery to find out.