What's "Fitness Wine" and Should You Be Drinking It?
According to the brand's web page, FitVine's blends of Chardonnay and Cabernet carry less residual sugar (sugar that's left over after the fermentation process) and fewer carbohydrates and calories than traditional wines. (Less sugar = fewer calories and carbs. Makes sense.) They also claim that their vino packs a heavier antioxidant punch than the competition thanks to their "top-of-the-line filtration and extended fermentation process". The only problem? We couldn't come across much proof that the drink lives up to its claim—and neither could the nutritionist we enlisted to investigate.
"Since there isn't a nutrition label available for review, I can't tell if this wine is nutritionally different from other wine varieties," says registered dietitian and fitness expert Isabel Smith. "Plus, not all wines have added sugars or high residual sugar counts, so if they are charging a premium for this, then it may not be worth the extra cash," she adds. "Regardless of the nutritional information, though, alcohol should still be consumed in moderation—especially if you're trying to lose weight. Picking FitVine over another type of wine certainly doesn't mean it's a free for all!"
As for the claim that it carries more health-protective antioxidants, there's no way for an average Joe—or a health expert—to tell if that's true. Although Smith says it's possible, she's still not convinced fitness wine is superior in any way: "When the grapes used to make the wine are processed at a lower temperature, it may help to preserve a higher concentration of nutrients. There's not enough information on the site for a nutrition expert like myself to say anything in regards to the product's health benefits with too much certainty," she adds.
If you're interested in giving the wine a try, go for it! Just don't count on it being any better for you than your go-to vino. But, sweet wine lovers, beware: The less residual sugar a wine has, the drier it will be. For some sweet better-for-you wine options check out these 16 Best Wines for Weight Loss.