by Lexi Petronis
photo: Romulo A Yanes When you're watching calories, alcohol is one of those sneaky things. I mean, there are some possible health benefits associated with a glass of two of vino--the reservatrol in red wine specifically may help keep your heart healthy--but it's easy to overpour and wind up drinking a lot more than you meant to. Eyeballing a 5-ounce serving isn't always easy.
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According to new research from Iowa State and Cornell universities published in Substance Use and Misuse, there may be an easy trick to pouring less: Use a narrow glass and pour the wine while the glass is sitting on the table.
And the researchers of the small study also found that people who pour wine while holding wider glasses in their hands tended to drink more. Why? The results of the study found that people tend to focus more on measuring the vertical than the horizontal--so when you drink from a narrower glass, your brain thinks that you're drinking more than you really are.
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So, says Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell: "If you want to pour and drink less wine, stick to the narrow wineglasses and only pour if your glass is on the table or counter and not in your hand--in either case you'll pour about 9 to 12 percent less."
Are you a wine overpourer? How do you measure your alcohol portions (if you do)?
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by Lexi Petronis