Champagne is surprisingly low in calories, and it has some amazing health benefits-that’s something you can toast to.
In 2007 the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a study indicating that bubbly provides a high level of polyphenols, antioxidants that protect the body’s cells from damage and death. It has a health benefit similar to red wine.
How much diet damage can it do?:
There are 95 calories in a glass of champagne (roughly 4 ounces).
There are approximately 570 calories in an entire bottle of champagne (25 ounces).
Alcohol can make it harder to lose weight, especially if you don’t use moderation in your drinking. Drinking too heavily in general leads to extra caloric intake, which in turn leads to extra pounds, especially if the pattern repeats itself over an extended period of time.
Some studies have suggested that alcohol (even the lowest calorie alcohol) slows your body’s ability to burn fat.
Maybe the biggest issue with trying to combine weight loss and alcohol is that it also makes you more prone to overeating and reaching for much less healthy food choices. Before you have had a drink or two, your goal of dropping a few pounds is probably still your first priority and first in mind when you make decisions about what to have for dinner. After a few drinks, however, you might find it much easier to have that mountain-high pile of cheesy nachos with half a pound of guacamole on top.
All in all, the extra cals that you consume from bubbly, even considering their health benefits and antioxidants, are still ones that should be consumed in moderation.
Other things to take into consideration regarding drinking alcohol, your health, and your diet
• Any alcohol, no matter it’s health perks, is only healthy when consumed in moderation
• The polyphenols in champagne can protect the brain’s cells against conditions such as Alzheimer’s and stroke
• The amount you drink, and how often you drink (if at all) is a decision that should be made after your general health, medical conditions, and family history have been considered