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How Many Calories Am I Taking In With Each Alcoholic Beverage?

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Going out with friends to celebrate someone’s birthday, watching the selection game, chatting with your homies, singing at a Karaoke bar during the weekend, dancing at a disco… I could continue giving examples, however the activities in which people usually accompany moments of leisure with a beer are countless, and if you don’t like beer then a shot of the liquor of your choice will be your best company. But do you know how many calories you are taking in? What those calories are equivalent to? If you get any vitamin or mineral in particular? In this blog we will learn the answers.

Definitely when we talk about alcoholic beverages, the number of calories that they give us are many even though the portions are small. Obviously as we increase the amount of drinks, more and more empty calories add up. An empty calorie is one that gives us a lot of energy and few nutrients for the sole purpose of building up in our body as adipose tissue (FAT), mainly in the abdominal region.

On average, men and women alike drink three regular size beers (330 ml or about 12 ounces). This is equivalent to consuming 6 tablespoons of oil plus three slices of bread, giving an approximate total of 510kcal. If the beer is light, things change: three light beers give us the same amount of oil as the regular beer but without the bread.

On the other hand when we talk about drinks, three shots of 45 ml (1.5 oz) of whisky, rum, tequila, guaro, brandy or vodka would give us six servings of fat. If our drink is a sweet wine (150 ml or 5 oz) then we would be drinking two servings of fat plus ½ serving of bread. If on the other hand it is a dry wine (150 ml or 5 oz) then we would be consuming two fat servings.

Finally, as painful as it might be for many people, avoiding the consumption of any alcoholic beverage is recommended, especially those that are prepared commercially such as Bamboo, Smirnoff, Cuba Libre, cocktails, etc., since the mixture with soft drinks contributes more calories because of their high sugar content. It should be clarified that the only drink that provides certain vitamins and minerals is wine, and consuming approximately one glass of red wine daily is recommended.