We are just a few days away from Christmas, and while we continue to watch out for the COVID-19 pandemic, it is time to celebrate the end of the year. On these dates we are exposed to excess food, but also alcohol that can affect our weight and our well-being. These are some of less fattening alcoholic beverages so you can take note of your upcoming celebrations.
Alcohol makes you fat, and quite a bit
The problem with alcoholic beverages is not only that, in excess, they can make you drunk, damage your brain and lead you into unimaginable situations with the consequent physical and moral harshness the next day. What’s more, drinking alcohol involves consuming hundreds of empty calories, that is, without any nutrients that even increase your need to consume foods rich in sugar or carbohydrates, such as juices or soft drinks.
If you do not want to start a fight against the excess fat that the alcohol of the Christmas holidays can leave in your body next January, take note of this list of the drinks that are less fattening.
Lower calorie alcoholic beverages
The National Library of Medicine of the United States has a list of the caloric content of alcoholic beverages and, from there, we have extracted those with the fewest calories per serving (up to 150) and, therefore, less fattening:
1. One mimosa (4 oz): 75 calories
2. 1.5 ounces of 80 proof gin, rum, vodka or whiskey: 97 calories
3. A cubalibre with low calorie soda (8 oz): 100 calories
4. Light beer (12 oz): 103 calories
5. One jaibol (8 oz): 110 calories
6. One Bloody Mary (4.6 oz): 120 calories
7. Pinot Noir Wine (5 oz): 121 calories
8. 5 ounces of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgundy, Claret, or Syrah wine: 122 calories
9. 3 ounces of whiskey sour or 5 ounces of red table wine or petite sirah: 125 calories
10. 5 ounces of white table wine, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Sauvignong blanc, Fume blanc or Pinot grigio: 128 calories
11. 5 ounces Muscat, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, or Red Zinfandel: 129 calories
12. One daiquiri (2.7 oz): 137 calories
13. One mojito (6 oz.): 143 calories
14. One Cosmopolitan (2.27 oz): 146 calories
15. Regular beer (12 oz): 153 calories
Consider as a reference that some foods that contain 150 calories can be a Greek yogurt with sliced strawberries, a hard-boiled egg with tomato slices, a cup of edamames, a can of canned tuna with a little avocado or two corn tortillas with beans. However, the nutritional content of these foods is vastly greater than that of an alcoholic beverage.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.