7 Very Low Calorie Alcoholic Drinks
Alcohol contains a very high amount of calories with 8 calories of energy per gram, and comes second to fat which contains 9 calories per gram. A standard alcoholic drink containing 9-10 grams of alcohol can provide 80 calories to the body without even taking into account the other calorie sources in the drink.
Most alcoholic drinks also provide negligible amount of nutrition and hence can be deemed as ‘empty’ or very low calorie drinks. Apart from being high in calories, alcohol disrupts the body’s usual process of absorbing nutrients and burning energy and so promotes weight gain.
Studies have shown that the average alcohol consumer gains almost 2000 calories from the consumption of alcohol every month. It has been proven that regular drinking of more alcohol than is recommended by the NHS can have an adverse and visible influence on the waistline and also cause several serious health issues.
However, there are some low calorie drinks which are diet friendly and will not wreak havoc on the waistline.
These are the Low Calorie Alcoholic Drinks :
- Wine ( Red and White)
Wine is one of the best choices of alcohol for people who are watching their weight. It has an average of a 100 calories or even less per glass. White wine has an average calorie count of 92 calories per glass. Wines that are sweeter average a rise of more than 20 calories a glass. White wine, mixed with soda water adds volume to the wine without adding up calories.
White wines like Zinfandel, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigo have an average calorie count of 90 calories a glass. Red wine too is very low in calories. It is lower in sugar content in comparison to rose or white wine. A 140 ml glass of red wine comes at only around 98 calories depending on the sweetness level. Rhonewith, Rose and Marlot roughly contain 96 calories a glass.
- Gin and Tonic
A gin and tonic is a healthy choice for people who are on a diet and brings in only 97 calories. A diet tonic which has zero calories scores extra points for being diet-friendly. It is a simple drink and the bitter taste of it can be cured with a wedge of lemon or lime.
Gin is made from the extracts of the juniper and prevents bloating and infections in the urinary tract as it flushes out the toxins from the body, hence preventing weight gain.
Tequila is a far healthier choice than the high calorie cocktails, which are packed with carbohydrates and fats. A simple tequila mixed with soda comes in at just 69 calories. A single shot of tequila has only 66 calories and cocktails based on tequila is a good low calorie drink option.
Tequilas which have a combination of fruits and have no added sugar are good and healthy choices.
- Bloody Mary
It is considered to be the ultimate cocktail for people who are on a diet. It is filling and contains only 90 calories. A bloody Mary garnished with a stick of celery will cost around 120 calories. The tomato juice in the drink is rich with vitamin C and helps to prevent hangovers.
The celery stick contains zero calories, and the Bloody Mary is hence a very healthy and popular choice of drink among dieters.
Beer is considered to be one of the best choices for dieters with only 150 calories per serving of twelve ounces. Like wine, beer too is low in carbohydrate content. Half a pint of beer has only 82 calories. It is a good option for people who are not into drinking spirits( vodka, rum, whiskey etc).
Light beers contain only around 90-100 calories a glass, and will help to bring down the intake of calories without sacrificing the flavor of the beer.
Champagne is actually sparkling wine which is produced in Northeast France at a place with the same name. There are many benefits of drinking champagne instead of other varieties of wine. Champagne has defeated many other kinds of wine in its calorie count.
It roughly contains around 90 calories per four ounces. The serving sizes og champagne are usually smaller than many other alcoholic drinks too, which keeps the amount of calories even lower. The bubbles in champagne may also make individuals drink it slowly and feel more full, although this has not yet been proved by science.
While choosing a cocktail, a refreshing and cool mojito without the sugar syrup is a low calorie and diet-friendly choice. Since it is prepared with soda water which has zero calories and fresh ingredients, it emerges as a more preferable and healthier choice than other cocktails.
It can also be made more seasonal and fresher by adding of fruits. The adding of the fruits reduces the quantity of sugar that is added to the drink.