Wine Education on Sugar Content

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Wine Education on Sugar Content

People sometimes ask about the sugar content of wine. While it's always good to see anyone taking steps to improve their diet, there are much more effective ways to reduce your sugar intake than worrying about what’s in your wine glass.

The average American is definitely eating way too much sugar. In fact, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, average consumption is almost 20 teaspoons a day compared to government recommendations to limit sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories, which is about 12 teaspoons, or 50 grams.

Here are some helpful points to keep in mind about wine and sugar.

Drink in moderation. As much as we love wine, we all need to be getting most of our calories from stuff that provides more nutrition so wine isn't likely to be a significant source of dietary sugar. In fact, a generous 5 ounce serving of red or white wine usually has only about 1 to 1 and a half grams of sugar. Dessert wine might have as much as 7 grams, but you're not likely to be drinking it every day.

Cut back on processed foods. The best way to cut back on sugar is to eat less processed food. Fill up your plate with vegetable and fruits. You could also taper back on sugar in your coffee.

Check with wine producers. How did the sugar get in wine in the first place? Most of it is residual sugar from grapes, and some producers add sugar or grape concentrate. The US doesn't require sugar content to be listed on labels, but many producers will tell you the amount of residual sugar upon request.

Our knowledgeable staff at Vino is always happy to answer your questions so you can enjoy our outstanding selection of wines and spirits to the fullest. Contact us today.


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