Franzia wines are different than most other wines on the market because they come in boxes rather than bottles. In addition to blush and white wines, Franzia offers six varieties of red wines. Wine doesn't contain any fat, but it does contain calories and carbs, which means that you must factor any servings of wine you have into your daily eating plan. However, red wine also provides certain health benefits.
The six different red wines that the Franzia brand offers include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chianti and Burgundy. You can enjoy these four varieties at room temperature right from the box or chill them before drinking. Franzia also offers a red wine expressly made to serve chilled, as well as a fruity, red wine sangria.
Calories and Carbs
The Chianti red wine is the lowest in calories among the Franzia red wines with 95 calories per 5-ounce serving. A 5-ounce glass of Franzia Burgundy wine contains 100 calories. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and chillable red wine each contain 105 calories in each 5-ounce serving. A 5-ounce glass of the fruity red sangria contains 110 calories. A 5-ounce serving of the Franzia red wines also contain between 5 and 11 grams of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are an essential part of your diet, but the majority of the carbs you consume should come from fruits, vegetables and whole grains, notes the Harvard School of Public Health website.
Drinking red wine, including Franzia red wines in moderate amounts can be good for your health. Red wine can help increase your "good" cholesterol levels and decrease your risk of blood clots. An article published in the October-December 2010 issue of the "Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research" discusses how red wine helps reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, which can increase your chances of having a heart attack. In fact, having one or two glasses of red wine, per day can cut your risk of death by heart attack by about 30 percent, according to the American Heart Association.
Tips for Drinking Franzia Red Wines
The benefits of drinking red wine come into play with moderate alcohol consumption. In other words, drinking more won't offer increased benefits and can actually harm your health. Moderate drinking is defined as one drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A serving of red wine, including Franzia red wines, is equal to 5 ounces. Drinking more than this can increase your risk of cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, certain types of cancer and high blood pressure. Drinking too much can also increase your risk of car accidents and other unintentional injuries as well as alcoholism.