Beer vs vine

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  • On 2nd June 2014

When you compare the ingredients that wine and beer contain, you find that the first is made from grapes, water and yeast. Grapes are a rich source of sugars and fiber, but only few of these parts survive the fermentation and filtered process.  On the other hand, beer is made from grain, water and yeast. Usually grains are barley and wheat (although you may find beers made with corn and rice), both loaded with a wide variety of vitamins that survive to the end of the elaboration process. cerveza o vino 2 If some of you are trying to control calorie consumption, the labels of beer and wine are no help. Unlike most other packaged food products, the beer and wine producers are not required to show the nutritional information. Despite this, there’re some brewmasters that show their relatively less levels of calories on their packaging. -Table wine and champagne: the calorie content for a portion of wine is relatively constant over different styles and brands. The majority of white and red basic wines like merlot, cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay have between 110 to 120 calories per portion. - Dessert wine: sweet and dessert wines have more calories per portion than table wine and champagne. For example, sweet wines of late harvest have an average of 176 calories. Oporto has 154 calories of average, while jerez has 146 calories per portion of 100g. – Beer: unlike wine, beers vary a lot in its calorie content. The calories contained in beer correspond, principally, with its alcohol content – 7 calories per gram-. Unlike the majority of table wines, that tend to have between 12 to 16 per cent alcohol volumes and possess calorie levels which are relatively consistent, beer can change depending on the style. For instance, a common USA lager like Budweiser has 145 calories and 5 per cent alcohol volume. However, a Barley wine like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot has 9’6 per cent alcohol volume and 330 calories. It’s true that practically all beers show the alcohol volume on their packaging. Therefore, if you try to reduce the calorie intake, you should choose beers with less alcohol quantity. Red wine and beer are consumed more in summer, so if you are in doubt about how to choose, we suggest a tool which can help you: a table that shows the nutritional differences between them. Table nutrients are shown for 100 cl of drink (about ½ a glass). It is also clear that the table values refer to blond beer derived from malt and a medium red wine, but depending on the brand and the season, some of the nutrients and their concentrations can change. valor nutricional de la cerveza Beer made from malt has a high content of hydrates and more B group vitamins than wine. And its alcohol content because of fermentation is less than wines alcoholic content. Meanwhile, red wine overcomes beer in potassium content and mildly with respect to magnesium. Both drinks are rich in minerals, but considering vitamins, the beer beats red wine, although the latter one has demonstrated   big benefits on health levels with powerful antioxidants like polyphenols. Definitely, a big part of the election depends upon our taste, but if you want to care about the quantity of alcohol you drink and moderate the drinks calories, you can to choose beer. Personally, I think that it is important to know a little more about the nutritional composition of drinks, because frequently when we consider a liquid, we forgot that these drinks provide nutrients, alcohol and calories.

Jordi Torras
Manager of Gruit Projects SL