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  • Deanne Pandey

Do drink or not to drink?

Updated: Nov 6, 2022

Balancing your food and alcohol is surely one of the most difficult things to do, especially by the end of the year, during this festive season! The festive season is incomplete without a scrumptious table-full of treats. Relishing traditional delicacies and devouring desserts of the season with friends and family is what makes festivals so special. It’s easy to underestimate the number of calories you are drinking.  And since all these calories are empty calories they don’t have any nutritional value at all.  Alcohol already has calories; a shot of vodka contains 85 to 124 calories. But usually, people mix it with juice and soda, which contain even more calories, sugars, and carbs.

Did you know that the liver also plays a role in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins? When you consume an excessive amount of alcohol your body will focus on breaking down the alcohol instead of burning fat. This can damage your liver and affect the way your body metabolizes and stores energy from food. However, choosing the right type of alcohol is very important.

Here is a list of the healthiest alcohol options to choose from-

  1. Dry Wine-Not all wines are created equally, so make sure you choose wisely. Most of the sugar from the grape has been converted to alcohol during the fermentation process. Nevertheless, wine still contains a certain amount of calories. It varies depending on the sweetness of the grape you choose, but a glass of red or white wine ranges on average from 84 to 90 calories. So steer away from sweet wines and opt for dry ones instead since they have less than one gram of sugar per ounce.

  2. Mojito- If you’re a rum drinker and in the mood for a refreshing cocktail but don’t want the sugar bombs that come with the usual cocktails, a mojito is your best best. This Cuban classic has fresh muddled mint and lime. Although sometimes bartenders would add more than a splash of sugar. So just make sure they go easy on the syrup or you can even request them to leave it out altogether and just add extra mint.

  3. Whiskey on Rocks-Craving for something with hard spirits?  Whiskey on the rocks will give you an option without the added sugars. Drinking spirits on the rocks will help you avoid any further calorie intake since it’s basically a shot of whiskey and some ice.

  4. Bloody Mary- Skip the mimosa and order this alcohol mixed with tomato juice instead. Not only does it have less sugar, but it’s also packed with vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin A. If you want to skip the alcohol and the calories it comes with, order a virgin mary mocktail instead. It only has 29 calories per serving!

  5. White Spirits- Clear liquors like vodka, tequila, and gin are lowest in sugar and calories and are easiest for our bodies to metabolize.

Alcohol is never going to be considered a health food, Kober says. But if you're going to indulge, there are healthier options that you should reach for. The key with alcohol is drinking in moderation, and weighing any health benefits against the negative impacts of drinking. 

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