Alcoholic Beverage Nutrition Labels

Alcoholic beverages are the only consumable products in the U.S. that don’t have nutrition labels.

The National Consumer League points out that not even the most basic nutrition information is found on the labels of alcohol beverages because the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) prohibits such labeling.

Consumers are being kept in the dark about serving size, alcoholic content, calories, carbohydrates, fats, protein, cholesterol and other nutrition information. This is information they need to make informed choices about what to consume.

Beer and wine contain no fat or cholesterol and distilled spirits (vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey, gin, etc.) contain no fat, no cholesterol and no carbs.

Regular beer has about as many calories as most non-alcoholic beverages. Wine, distilled spirits and lite beer have fewer calories than virtually all non-alcoholic beverages.

Consumers have a right to know.

References:

  • Consumer Group Pushes for Alcohol Nutrition Labels. nbc4.com (October 12, 2005).