You might think that grapes are full of sugar - but fermentation is when yeast eats sugar and turns it into carbon dioxide and alcohol. The reason the wine has alcohol is that sugar was destroyed. While there might be trace amounts of sugar left in the resulting wine, the primary reason for a calorie count in wine is the alcohol.
Wine, or any alcohol, is not appropriate for people in the first two weeks of a low carb diet. Part of the first two week process is evening out your blood sugar level, and alcohol lowers blood sugar levels. While this is good in general, you want to have no effects on your blood sugar levels during those first two weeks so that your body becomes stabilized.
Once those first two weeks are done, you should feel free to have a glass or two of wine as part of a healthy diet. A 5oz glass of red wine only has about 3.5g of carbs in it. Wine generally would not have sugar added to it, so you really don’t have to worry about finding a “low sugar red”.
The only wines to be cautious of are Late Harvest / Icewines - these are harvested late in the year and are not fully fermented, leaving sugar behind in the wine. These are normally white wines and are clearly labelled.
So enjoy red wine with your low carb lunch or dinner! The red wine will help enhance the flavor of your meal, it raises your good cholesterol levels to help offset any fat you're eating, it lowers chances of cancer, heart disease, strokes, ulcers, and more. Recent research shows that it helps prolong life in general.
In addition to my low carb website I also run a wine site, WineIntro. I've written content on wine for about fifteen years. If you have any questions about wine, health, and losing weight, let me know. I'm happy to help out!
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