Most people don’t wonder when they open a bottle of wine, how many calories there are in it. But I bet you will now you’ve read this.
You see we pour over food labels, obsess about the sugar content of desserts and worry about the calorific content of a slice of pizza; but when it comes to wine, most people tend to turn a blind eye.
Why would you consider the number of calories in a bottle of wine? It’s wine, it’s a liquid. They don’t count if they’re consumed from a glass, do they?
If only that were true…
Calories in a bottle of wine
The truth of the matter is that there are, on average, 123 calories in a glass of wine. And seeing as a bottle typically holds 5 glasses, that makes each bottle of wine roughly 615 calories.
Which wine has the most calories?
How many calories are in:
- Chardonnay – 123 calories per 5 fl oz serving
- Rose – 105 calories per 5 fl oz serving
- Red wine – 125 calories per 5 fl oz serving
- Sauvignon Blanc – 120 calories per 5 fl oz serving
- Prosecco – 99 calories per 5 fl oz serving
- Champagne – 114 calories per 5 fl oz serving
Now, before you make any hasty decisions about teetotalism, hear us out.
Health benefits of drinking wine
The health benefits of drinking wine are vast and innumerable. We recently discussed the health benefits of red wine, so before you empty that bottle down the sink, maybe it’s not the calorie content you should be concerned about, but your lifestyle choices.
By which we mean, if you’re worried about the calorie content of a delicious, refreshing glass of white wine at the end of a long, hard day. Why not consider it a reward? And rewards need to be earned…
So, here are 10 fun things you can do to burn off a small glass of wine (100 calories):
- Go bowling. You could burn up to 100 calories in just 27 minutes when you hit the lanes. Burn off those calories and your competitive energy with a simple game of ten-pin bowling. You could work off more if you dance to the cheesy music between your turns.
- Walk the dog. You can burn up to 100 calories in just 18 minutes if you pick up the pace. You should really be doing this anyway, but if you need more incentive to take Fido for his daily constitutional, think of that condensation rolling seductively down the stem of your wine glass in a few hours time. Walkies!
- Go food shopping. Yes, your weekly food shopping expedition could really burn up 100 calories in just 38 minutes. Whoever thought trudging up and down the supermarket aisles would be so, energy expelling?
- Skip. Yup, commandeer your kid’s skipping rope and Rocky Balboa your way through 100 calories. Up the ante with the theme tune blasting and see if you can burn up your 100 calories in less than 8 minutes.
- Take the kids’ roller skating. Granted, you’ll have more to worry about than just how many calories you’re burning through, just trying to stay upright and keep up with the kids is going to be pretty all-consuming. But if you stick it out for just 12 minutes, you’ve earned that glass of wine this evening.
- Cooking. The calories burned here are likely to be used up when you eat what you’ve just made, but studies show that if you cook your food from scratch, you could burn up to 100 calories in 33 minutes diving around your kitchen.
- Housework. Hear us out. The average person will burn through 128 calories doing an hour’s worth of ironing. Combine that with binge watching that box set and that’s the easiest calories you’ve gone through.
- Clean out your garage. You’ve been meaning to get rid of all that junk for years, why not wage this evening’s glass of wine on you being able to get through it all in 38 minutes to smash those 100 calories.
- Go fishing. If you thought fishing was just sitting by quiet waters, you, the fish and the trickle of the river, you’d be wrong. Fishing expends 100 calories in a mere 30 minutes
- Nothing. Here’s a fun fact for you. Sitting doing nothing burns calories because we humans need to burn them to function. The average person, whilst sitting on their behind, doing diddly squat, quietly minding their own business for an hour, will burn off 68 calories. Just think what you could achieve if you were left to your own devices for 2 hours.
Now where’s that wine?