So, your cheat day has arrived, but you are careful not to over indulge as it could make your efforts at the gym and efforts of sticking to a balanced diet ¨fruitless.¨ Therefore, what do you choose to splurge on? Is it a glass of wine or a brownie? Let us help make your decision easy.
According to Susan Bowerman, R.D, brownies have health benefits, ¨Cocoa flavanols are considered heart healthy because they help to lower blood pressure and fats in the blood.¨ Regrettably, the advantages of eating a brownie are outnumbered by its disadvantages. Kelly Johnston, R.D, states, ¨An average brownie packs about 14 grams of sugar. Because a brownie is also highly processed, it loses almost all of the nutritional benefits we can typically get from quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content. A typical two-inch square brownie has approximately 130 calories, 14 grams of sugar, 22 grams of carbohydrates, five grams of fat, and less than two grams of protein.¨
When consumed in moderation, wine works like a charm on your well-being. Johnston says, ¨Red wine contains polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that can boost immune function and improve flexibility of blood vessels.¨ Scientific research has also concluded that red wine contains a natural compound resveratrol that plays a pivotal role in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels; it also helps improve blood sugar control. A glass of red wine would typically consist of 125 calories, four grams of carbohydrates, two grams of sugar and zero fat. You should also take into consideration that consuming a glass of wine takes more time than eating a brownie, giving you more pleasure time. However, it is almost impossible limiting oneself to only one glass of wine, isn’t it?
So, what should you go for?
A glass of wine is undoubtedly the winner if we are to only consider the fat, sugar, calories and carbs. However, they don´t do one thing i.e. satisfy your insatiable craving for chocolate. Rene Ficek, R.D states, ¨As a dietician, my advice would be to eat whatever item you want more!¨ However, you can consume both a five-ounce glass of wine and dark chocolate with more than 70 percent cocoa content to get a taste of the best of both worlds.