What Are Some Healthier Alcoholic Drink Options?

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Let’s be honest, we’re human and we are going to have a few drinks from time to time. Obviously, the key here is consumption in moderation. The more you drink, the more empty calories you are taking in. Alcoholic drinks are often stockpiled full of sugars, which will lead to weight gain. The key here is to find a healthy alternative you can enjoy.


I covered the topic of beers a while back, so let’s take a look at wines and spirits. Here are a few healthy alternative options for you:


Vodka: Skinnygirl vodkas have been around for a while now. They target those who are trying to stay fit when consuming alcohol. On the label, it claims they have a fewer amount of calories per serving than the regular vodkas. Well, a closer look reveals this is true only because of the smaller amount of alcohol per volume. Simply put, it is a more watered down version of vodka, so watch yourself in thinking this is actually a healthier alternative.  


Tequila: Tequila is made from agavin, a naturally occurring sweetener which can lower blood glucose levels. Since tequila is naturally sweet, you can enjoy it by simply adding soda water and perhaps a splash of lime instead of dumping the works into a bowl and making a 400-calorie margarita. Did you know tequila is also gluten-free?


Whisky: Maker’s Mark is roughly 110 calories per 1.5 oz serving. Jack Daniels is 98 calories per 1.5 oz serving. Jim Beam runs close to 100 calories per 1.5 oz serving.


Gin: Tanqueray runs the highest, at close to 120 calories per 1.5 oz serving, while its competitor, Gordon’s, runs at around 95 calories per 1.5 oz serving.


Wine: Wine is the most calorie-friendly alcohol option.  An ounce contains 20 calories, so a basic five-ounce serving is only going to cost you 100 calories. Pretty good, right?  Dessert wines may have more calories, however, because they are a lot sweeter.  As you know, wine contains antioxidants, which are very good for your heart. Not only that, but they also increase HDL, help protect against heart disease, and decrease LDL. My suggestion would be a nice glass of Pinot Noir. For you wine drinkers, check out this website:http://winefolly.com/tutorial/wine-nutrition-facts/. It will give you a great breakdown on which wines to choose.


Now you have the facts—just remember, always in moderation. If you have any more questions about this topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be glad to help you.

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