This was the topic of Natalie Decant's latest newsletter.
Here is what she says: The good news is that you can drink wine without getting fat. When it comes to both calories and carbohydrates, moderate wine drinking won't ruin your diet. Wine has no cholesterol, sodium or fat, and it's low in carbohydrates. Several studies indicate that drinking a glass or two of wine a day may have little effect on our weight.
Regular, moderate wine drinkers tend overall to be slimmer than teetotallers, according to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. And a 1991 Harvard study, which followed 138,000 men and women over ten years, found that increasing their alcohol intake didn't cause the subjects to gain weight. In fact, the women decreased their body weight by an average of about 15%, instead of gaining the weight predicted according to the calories they consumed. (Intriguingly, the men's weight stayed the same.)
Of course, when it comes to wine, moderation is key. Drinking more than one or two glasses a day will pile on the calories, as well as increase your chances of liver damage and other health problems.
So all this is good news for us, female wine drinkers. Even if we plan to slim down and be ready for the bathing suit season, we don't have to abandon your dear daily glass of wine!
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