The calories, carbs, and fats in beverages can sabotage the best intentions to lose or maintain weight. That’s because we tend to be unaware of just how fattening some beverages really are.
Discover the Facts
The following list presents the calories, carbs, and fats found in standard servings of both alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages.
|Alcoholic Beverage||Calories||Carbs (grams)||Fats (grams)||Sodium (mg)|
|Non-Alcoholic Beverage||Calories||Carbs (grams)||Fats (grams)||Sodium (mg)|
|Apple juice (unsweetened)||117||28.96||.273||10|
|Grape juice (unsweetened)||155||37.84||.202||13.6|
|Grapefruit juice (unsweetened)||94||22.13||.247||2.5|
|Milk (2% fat)||122||11.41||4.807||115|
|Orange juice (unsweetened)||112||26.84||.149||4|
|Tangerine juice (unsweetened)||125||29.88||.098||2.5|
*Distilled spirits include rum, vodka, whiskey, gin, tequila, bourbon, etc. Source of data USDA. Food Composition.
It’s obvious that most alcohol beverages have fewer calories than most non-alcohol beverages. However, some people are still concerned about gaining weight from drinking alcohol. But alcohol beverages contain no fat and are very low in carbohydrates. Also, it appears that the “effective” calories in alcohol are much lower than the numbers listed.
For whatever reason, most research suggests that drinking alcohol tends not to increase weight. And among women, it is often linked with slight losses in weight. That’s even better news than the figures listed above would suggest.
In addition, the US federal government concludes that the moderate consumption of alcohol is linked with better health and longer life than abstaining from it.
You might be interested in these.
Drinking Alcohol and Weight, Obesity and BMI.
Alcohol, Calories and Weight. Facts Unknown to Most M.Ds.
Drinking Alcohol Reduces Weight Gain.
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This site doesn’t give advice about calories, carbs, and fats. For that, please see a doctor.