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Friday 2 December 2016

Is low-cal 'skinny prosecco' really any healthier for you?

Skinny brand Prosecco will be available in Ireland next year
Skinny brand Prosecco will be available in Ireland next year

A brand of prosecco supposedly containing half the amount of sugar as regular fizz is due to start appearing in Irish supermarkets early next year.

The Thomson & Scott Skinny Champagne collection retails in the UK at £17.99 (€18.50). After its launch in high-end London stores last April, it quickly became the best-selling wine on Selfridge's website.

Amanda Thomson created the drink after being inspired by other sugar-free products on supermarket shelves.

Demand

"With so many other food and drink products cutting their sugar content, why shouldn't champagne too?" she said.

"We laughed when we were called the 'basic bitch drink of the summer' in the media, but demand has been off the scale. It said something quite significant about the gap we'd discovered in the wine market."

But is it really any healthier?

The average glass of prosecco already contains a relatively low number of calories, which makes it "one of the more diet-friendly alcoholic drinks".

One glass of prosecco is estimated to contain around 1g of sugar and 80 calories, while the skinny prosecco claims to contain 67 calories.

The average bottle of champagne typically contains between 12 and 32g of sugar per litre and prosecco contains between 12 and 15g per litre, while the skinny drink has only around 7g. However, despite skinny prosecco's popularity, some remain sceptical about its low-sugar credentials.

Wine expert Victoria Moore said the difference between a glass of skinny prosecco and 'full fat' bubbly can be very slim.

"Brut champagne must by law contain no more than 12g of sugar per litre - same for Brut prosecco - and most of the big champagne brands contain less than that," she said.

"For example, Veuve Clicquot orange label has about 8g per litre, so if you were to drink a whole litre of the Veuve rather than the skinny prosecco, you'd only be consuming one whole extra gram of sugar."

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