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Is Wine High In Potassium? (Red > White?)

If you’re a wine lover like me, you might be thinking about the positive and negative effects wine has on your body (and mind).

For instance, researchers think that wine prevents stroke, heart attack, and heart disease. But is wine high in potassium?

Is wine high in potassium?

Wine has a considerable amount of potassium. A glass of wine (5 oz/150 ml) contains around 150 mg potassium. That’s about 3% of your daily recommended intake of potassium. Considering that a glass of wine isn’t your only source of potassium in a day, you might need to limit your potassium intake if you’re following a low-potassium diet.

Make sure to check out: Can You Check Your Potassium Level At Home? and The Best Low Potassium Snacks (Eat This, Not That).

How much potassium is in wine?

How much potassium a wine contains depends on the type of wine. For example, a very popular white wine – Chardonnay, contains 104 mg potassium in a single glass serving. On the other hand, Merlot, a red wine, has almost double the amount of potassium per glass – 187 mg.

Although this is under the standard recommended serving for a low-potassium food, drinking too much wine on a low-potassium diet isn’t a good idea as the amounts can quickly add up. 

On the contrary, if your goal is to add additional potassium to your diet, wine can help you do that. As always, it all hangs on your dietary needs and requirements.

If you want to consume less potassium from wine, the obvious choice would be to choose a white wine, as it has a considerably lower amount of potassium per serving.  

Is wine good for you?

Wine

This popular beverage has known and proven benefits if consumed in moderation. Just ask any Frenchman or Italian, and they’ll go on a rant about wine being the best drink in the world.

Joking aside, healthy people can enjoy many benefits from 1-2 glasses of wine per day. Here are some of them.

Wine reduces the risk of coronary heart disease

Wine, and indeed other alcoholic beverages, seem to decrease the threat of developing heart disease, heart attack, and even the hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis) by around 30%-50% compared with abstainers.

Wine can prevent type 2 diabetes

Drinking wine in moderate amounts seems to lower the risk of developing a severe condition – type 2 diabetes.

Wine helps keep good cognitive functions

Although this might seem counterintuitive, older men that drank one alcoholic drink per day throughout their lives seem to have better cognitive abilities in their late 70s and even 80s compared to non-drinkers.

There is a flip side, though. By having more than four alcoholic beverages per day in their middle age, people tend to have inferior memory and thinking skills.

Can you take in too much potassium from wine?

The recommended dose of wine is one or two glasses per day. That equates to 5-10 oz and will give you a considerable boost in potassium.

Drinking a whole bottle (5 servings), which isn’t that unusual for some people, can have adverse effects on your body (and mind, obviously) and isn’t recommended, especially if you need to limit your potassium intake.

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Is red wine high in potassium?

Red wine is high in potassium as a single serving (5oz/150 ml) contains nearly 200 mg of potassium. To be more precise, a single glass of Merlot, which is a popular red wine, contains 187 mg potassium. That’s almost 4% of your recommended daily potassium intake.

Is white wine high in potassium?

White wine has lower potassium than red wine, and a single glass of Chardonnay (5oz/150 ml) contains only 104 mg potassium. That’s only around 2% of the recommended daily potassium intake.

White wine has the upper hand over red wine in terms of calories, which it has slightly fewer, but it also has fewer vitamins and minerals such as iron, riboflavin, or niacin.

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Which has more potassium beer or wine?

Comparing the two of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world – beer and wine, we come to terms that wine has much more potassium ounce to ounce.

However, when you compare a can of beer (96 mg) and a glass of white wine (104 mg), for example, we see that, serving to serving, the amount of potassium is fairly similar, at least when compared to white wine.

We already know that red wine has more potassium than white wine, and therefore, a glass of red wine (187 mg) has more than double the amount of potassium as a can of beer.

Does drinking wine cause high potassium?

Wine can have adverse effects on your potassium levels that go way beyond just adding potassium to your body by drinking it. Yes, having a glass or two too many can give you a boost in potassium that you may or may not need, but by consuming too much of it, you may be causing hyperkalemia.

By having too much alcohol, muscle fiber starts to break down and release potassium into your blood. This, in effect, raises them to extreme levels.

Can you drink wine on a low potassium diet?

Although this depends on a person (and you should contact your doctor about it), having a couple of glasses of white wine per week shouldn’t add too much potassium to your body as long as you spread the said wine over a week and don’t consume other, high-potassium drinks.

What alcoholic drinks are low in potassium?

Alcohol

It’s easy to answer which alcoholic beverages have the least amount of potassium – spirits. Yes, spirits such as vodka, gin, tequila, and whiskey have virtually no potassium in them and can be safely consumed in moderation.

However, we already mentioned that drinking too much alcohol can break down your muscle fibers and start to release potassium into your blood, raising them to unsafe measurements.

Don’t know which foods are high in potassium? Read our article 15 Best Food Sources Of Potassium. We also have a guide on this important mineral: Potassium 101: All You Need To Know About Potassium.