Alcohol and Counting Calories

Calories in Alcohol
Calories in Alcohol
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According to data pulled from Google by iQuanti (a marketing research firm), the most popular New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to “get healthy” with 62,776,640 searches, a 13.77 percent increase over last year during the same time period, when it was searched 55,177,290 times.

If you are watching your calories this new-year, keep the following information in mind when reaching for your evening beverage.

Alcohol has 7 calories per gram, making it the second-most calorie-dense macronutrient. That’s just below pure fat, which has 9 calories per gram. This means 1.5-ounces (the standard jigger size) of vodka has almost 100 calories. This adds up especially if you tend to drink alcohol with a sugary mixer. The average mixed martini, daiquiri and margarita can contain anywhere from 275 to 750 calories!

The good news is the standard serving of beer, wine or spirits mixed with a sugar free, zero calorie mixer will only set you back somewhere between 100 and 145 calories.

Average Calories Per Beverage

5-ounce glass of champagne: 90 calories
5-ounce glass of white wine: 100-121 calories
5-ounce glass of red wine: 105-125 calories
12-ounce bottle of light beer: 103 calories
12-ounce bottle of regular beer:153 calories
1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof liquor: 97 calories
1.5-ounce shot of 90-proof liquor: 110 calories
1.5-ounce shot of 100-proof liquor: 124 calories

Wine aside, most beverages including beer have the calorie content listed on the bottle. The basic formula used to calculate the calories in wine is as follows:

% of Alcohol X Ounces X 1.6 = Calorie Content

This formula indicates that a six-ounce glass of wine that has an ABV of 15% has about 144 calories compared to a six-ounce glass of wine that has an ABV of 12%, which has about 115 calories. Keep in mind, a standard serving of wine is actually 5oz but most of us tend to pour a little heavy. Just like food, every ounce counts!

Good luck reaching your health and fitness goals in 2017! Remember the golden rule- everything in moderation!



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