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Posted by: Christa | 2008/06/17

kJ contribution of wine during cooking

As alchohol evaporates during the cooking process, can one add it during food preparation without being too concerned of the kilojoule contribution it might make when trying to lose weight?

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Dear Christa
If all the alcohol in wine or spirits evaporates during the cooking process then the only contribution to energy intake would be from the carbohydrate content. The latter varies from 0 gram in spirits to 12 g per 100 ml in sweet wines or port, which would contribute 192 kJ per 100 ml. You can take a value of about 4 g of carbs/100 ml for other wines and beer, which provide 64 kJ/100 ml (i.e. very little energy).
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