Liquor vs Non-Alcoholic Beverages for Health

Who’s the winner in the liquor vs non-alcoholic beverages health contest? Decide for yourself.

Nutritional Content

Liquor (distilled spirits) includes tequila, whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, brandy, etc. Virtually all are 80 proof or 40% alcohol. They contain no carbs, fats, cholesterol, sugars, or sodium.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has calculated the nutritional content of beverages.

Calories

The USDA reports there are 97 calories in a serving of any 80 proof distilled spirits. It also lists the caloric contents of a serving of each of these non-alcoholic beverages.

Beverage Calories
Prune juice 182
Carbonated regular cola 155
Grape juice (unsweetened) 155
Apricot juice 140
Lemonade 131
Tangerine juice (unsweetened) 125
Milk (2% fat) 122
Apple juice (unsweetened) 117
Orange juice (unsweetened) 112
Grapefruit juice (unsweetened) 94
Tomato juice 41

With 97 calories, liquor has fewer calories than all but two of these non-alcoholic beverages.

Carbohydrates

Spirits beverages also have no carbs. What about the other beverages? There’s no contest with any of them. These are their carb contents in grams.

Beverage Carbs
Prune juice 44.67
Carbonated regular cola 39.77
Grape juice (unsweetened) 37.84
Apricot juice 36.11
Lemonade 34.05
Tangerine juice (unsweetened)  29.88
Apple juice (unsweetened) 28.96
Orange juice (unsweetened) 26.84
Grapefruit juice (unsweetened) 22.13
Milk (2% fat) 11.41
Tomato juice 10.30
Fats

Distilled spirits have no fats. The other beverages? Here’s the listing of their fats in grams.

Beverage Fats
Milk (2% fat) 4.807
Apple juice (unsweetened) .273
Grapefruit juice (unsweetened) .247
Apricot juice .226
Grape juice (unsweetened) .202
Orange juice (unsweetened) .149
Lemonade  .149
Tomato juice .122
Tangerine juice (unsweetened) .098
Prune juice .077
Carbonated regular cola .000

Only cola competes with distilled spirits in the category of fats. And with no fats, there is no cholesterol in either cola or spirits.

Sugars

Distilled spirits have no sugars. Not so for the other beverages.

Beverage Sugars
Prune juice 42.11
Carbonated regular cola 36.78
Grape juice (unsweetened) 35.93
Apple juice (unsweetened) 32.67
Apricot juice 30.15
Lemonade 24.65
Orange juice (unsweetened) 21.81
Tangerine juice (unsweetened) 21.17
Grapefruit juice (unsweetened) 17.78
Milk (2% fat) 12.35
Tomato juice 7.09
Sodium

Distilled spirits have no sodium (salt). This is the listing for other beverages. The sodium content is in milligrams.

Beverage Sodium
Milk (2% fat) 120.0
Prune juice 70.7
Tomato juice 24.3
Grape juice (unsweetened) 12.7
Orange juice (unsweetened) 10.0
Apple juice (unsweetened) 9.9
Lemonade 9.9
Apricot juice 5.0
Tangerine juice (unsweetened) 2.5
Grapefruit juice (unsweetened) 2.5
Carbonated regular cola 1.2

Liquor vs Non-Alcoholic Beverages: The Winner?

liquor vs non-alcoholicNon-alcoholic beverages contain no alcohol. Most noteworthy, the US federal government  has determined that the moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and longer life than abstaining from it.

So consider the contents of the various beverages. Examine calories, carbs, fats, sugars and salt content. Then you decide the winner in the liquor vs non-alcoholic beverages health contest.