One 2010 study found that women who had a couple of glasses daily were less likely to be overweight. Other studies suggest that a compound in red grapes can help burn fat but it may be lost in the wine-making process.
TV shows like Scandal and The Good Wife gave a shiny halo to wine, with the lead and lean stars savoring heavy pours. We, as viewers, tend to mimic their habits, leading to more calories and lower inhibitions.
Millennials make up one-third of the industry's customers, and a demand for healthier vino has created a market boom for organic wine and resulted in new brands such as FitVine, which promises lower sugar and calories.
The Final Word
Alcohol, no matter the form, is still empty calories. And most wines pack about 120 of them per five ounces. What's more, few people pour that slim of a serving. Like any indulgence, moderation is key. And if you're drinking vino regularly, you'll need to make room in your diet elsewhere, such as by skipping dessert, to maintain a healthy weight.