By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.
Tis the season to be jolly but lots of cheer may actually help you add a few pounds before the New Year. It’s amazing how many calories alcohol can add to your daily calories if you are not careful. Plus, most of the time when you are drinking and socializing, you may be eating high calorie foods as well.
The Health Benefits of Alcohol
Moderate alcohol use does have some health benefits if you are an older adult or high risk for heart disease but if you don’t drink don’t start hoping you will get some extra health benefits. The health benefits include: reducing your risk of developing heart disease, reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack, possible lower your risk of strokes, lower your risk of gallstones, and maybe reduce your risk of diabetes. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that one drink a day for women or two a day for men is considered a moderate amount of alcohol. One drink, as defined by AICR, the USDA and other health organizations is: 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.
But…Alcohol Can Add Calories which Might Mean Gaining Weight
Check out how many calories are in alcohol, beer and an assortment of popular alcoholic drinks below. If you want to help prevent a new ring around your waist in 2013, you may want to strategize on how to cope with the extra calories that are found at many of the holiday parties.
Strategies to Prevent the Ring Around the Waist
After this Year’s Holiday Parties
- Nurse one drink all night.
- Drink light beer instead of regular beer.
- Mix your alcohol with water or diet drinks.
- Cut down on your snack calories by getting away from the buffet table.
- If these strategies, don’t work for you, then choose your drink, like a Cosmopolitan (my favorite) which is 200 calories. So, before the party you can walk for 40 minutes or run for 20 minutes to burn about 200 calories.
Calories in Alcohol
|Gin, 90 Proof||1.5 fl oz jigger||110|
|Rum, 80 proof||1.5 fl oz jigger||97|
|Vodka, 80 proof||1.5 fl oz jigger||97|
|Whiskey, 86 proof||1.5 fl oz||105|
|Red wine||5 oz||106|
|Rose wine||5 oz||103|
|White wine||5 oz||100|
|Dry dessert wine||5 oz||185|
|Sweet dessert wine||5 oz||225|
Calories in Beer
|Beer, light||12 oz||99|
|Ultra light beer||12 oz||64 – 95|
|O’Doul’s non-alcoholic||12 oz||70|
|O’Doul’s Amber non-alcoholic||12 oz||90|
Calories in Liqueurs
|Coffee, 53 proof||1.5 fl oz||175|
|Coffee, 63 proof||1.5 fl oz||160|
|Coffee w/cream, 34 proof||1.5 fl oz||154|
|Crème de Menthe, 73 proof||1.5 fl oz||186|
*From Bowes & Church’s Food Value of Portions Commonly Used. 18th edition. Jean A.T. Pennington & Judith Spungen Douglass.
How Many Calories in Popular Cocktails**?
So just how many calories are in your favorite cocktail? These calorie counts for popular alcoholic drinks are approximate, based on popular recipes, but may vary depending on ingredients and portions.
|Pina Colada||6 oz||378|
|Chocolate Martini (2 oz vodka, chocolate liqueurs, cream, ½ oz crème de cacao, chocolate syrup)||4 oz||438|
|Green Apple Martini (1 oz vodka, sour apple, apple juice)||2.5 oz||148|
|Martini (gin, vermouth)||2.5 oz||160|
|Port wine||3 oz||128|
|Bloody Mary (tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice)||5 oz||118|
|Champagne||5 oz||106 -120|
|Wine spritzer||5 oz||100|
|Eggnog with rum||8 oz||370|
|Eggnog with whiskey, 86 proof, 1.5 fl oz jigger||8 oz||404|
|Hot chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps||8 oz||380|
|Gin and Tonic||7 oz||200|
|Mai Tai (1.5 oz rum, ½ oz cream de long, ½ oz triple sec, sour mix, pineapple juice)||6 oz||350|
|Hot Buttered Rum||8 oz||292|
|White Russian (2 oz vodka, 1.5 coffee liqueur, 1.5 oz cream)||5 oz||425|
|Long Island Tea||8 oz||780|
|Spiced Cider with Rum||8 oz||150|
|Mulled Wine||5 oz||200|
|Vodka & Tonic||8 oz||200|
|Rum & Coke||8 oz||185|
|Rum & Diet Coke||8 oz||100|
|Mike’s Hard Lemonade||11 oz||98|
|Daiquiri (rum, lime juice, sugar)||5 fl oz||280|
|Manhattan (whisky, vermouth)||5 fl oz||320|
|Tequila Sunrise (orange juice, tequila, lime juice)||7 fl oz||240|
|Tom Collins (club soda, gin, lemon juice, sugar)||7 fl oz||113|
|Whisky Sour (lemon juice, whiskey, sugar)||7 fl oz||284|
|Orange juice||4 fl oz||55|
|Light Orange Juice||4 fl oz||25|
|Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice||4 fl oz||70|
|Ocean Spray Light Cranberry Juice||4 fl oz||25|
|Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice||4 fl oz||3|
|Red Bull||4 fl oz||55|
|Sugar Free Red Bull||4 fl oz||5|
|Coke||4 fl oz||53|
|Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut||4 fl oz||520|
|Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut Lite||4 fl oz||440|
|Master of Mixes Sweet n’ Sour Mixer||4 fl oz||110|
|Master of Mixes Lite Sweet n’ Sour Mixer||4 fl oz||10|
|Master of Mixes Margarita Mixer||4 fl oz||130|
|Master of Mixes Lite Margarita Mixer||4 fl oz||10|
|Master of Mixes Strawberry Daiquiri Mixer||4 fl oz||190|
|Master of Mixes Lite Strawberry Daiquiri Mixer||4 fl oz||20|
How to figure out how many calories are in your drinks?
Add the calories up with all the ingredients so you can figure out how many calories are in the drink. Example,
The Authentic Pina Colada
|2 fl oz Coco Lopez||260 calories||2 oz low fat Coco Lopez||220 calories|
|2 fl oz pineapple juice||35 calories||2 oz pineapple juice||35 calories|
|1 ½ fl oz Rum||97 calories||1 ½ fl oz Rum||97 calories|
|Total||392 calories||352 calories|
Beer 146 calories
Light Beer 95 – 117 calories
Pina Colada 392 calories
Lite Pina Colada 352 calories
Margarita 280 calories
Lite Margarita 71 calories
Sweet n Sour 284 calories
Lite Sweet n Sour 62 calories
Strawberry Daiquiri 250 calories
Lite Strawberry Daiquiri 71 calories
**Adapted from: www.webmd.com.
Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition. The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 30 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers. Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara has private practice, DayByDay Nutrition, www.DayByDayNutrition.com, where she counsels clients on weight loss, cholesterol management, performance nutrition and an array of other medical issues. Visit Barbara’s new website which is an on-line health & wellness magazine, www.KentuckianaHealthWellness.com. Barbara writes nutrition and health columns for www.LiveStrong.com as well as a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. She also designs and presents employee wellness programs to small and large businesses. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker and a mother and grandmother to 12 grandchildren.