Summertime Alcohol Beverages With Hidden Calories

May 24, 2019

It has been a while since we've had a three day weekend. So for many it is a time to celebrate and relax with an alcoholic beverage. While the long standing advice from dieticians is for 2 drinks daily for a man and one for a woman is part of a healthy diet, new research says no amount of drinking is healthy.  Couple these findings with the calorie and sugar conundrum that comes with many alcoholic beverages and you begin to wonder if cutting alcohol out of your life might, in fact, improve it. While it is your decision to make, some knowledge about types of alcohol beverages might help you make better choices for your lifestyle. Hard sodas and spiked seltzers have been growing in popularity and while water has no calories, adding alcohol will and with many hard sodas containing added sugar, make sure to not be fooled into thinking these are a zero calorie drink. As for the popular craft beers, they are generally have more alcohol (aka a higher ABV or, alcohol by volume) than traditional macro-beers. And more alcohol means more calories. For example, a 12-ounce beer with 9% ABV has about 270 calories. But because craft beers don’t have to list their calorie count, it is hard to know what calorie costs those beers have. You can generally figure it out by multiplying the ABV by 2.5, then multiply that by the number of ounces in your beer. Another trendy summertime alcohol drink are the shandy-style craft beers. Although refreshing, they’re usually a combo of beer and sugary soda or juice.

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SOURCE: Men's Health

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