Champagne: Low-Cal Cocktail?

Healthy Recipes and Nutrition, Nutrition
on February 19, 2008

When it comes to holiday spirits, it’s a no-brainer to steer clear of fat- and calorie-laden eggnog. But it may surprise you that champagne (and its Spanish cousin, cava) ranks as one of the healthiest choices among the rest of the colorful cocktails and once-a-year wines stocking a bar near you. Why bubbly? For one thing, it has built-in portion control, says nutritionist Cheryl Forberg, a Spry Support Team member. Because champagne flutes usually hold about 4 to 6 ounces, you’re only downing 90 to 135 calories per serving—and the carbonation might make you drink slower, too. What’s more, champagne is high in antioxidants that may boost your brainpower. Now that’s news we’ll drink to.