Does Alcohol Have Nutritional Value?
by David J. Hanson, Ph. D.
It's often said that alcohol has "empty calories" and no nutritional value.
That's technically true but very misleading. That's because no one drinks pure alcohol -- they consume alcoholic beverages. And alcoholic beverages not only have nutritional value, but they have little or no fat carbohydrates (carbs), cholesterol, or sodium (salt). In addition, alcoholic drinks tend to have fewer calories than most non-alcoholic drinks.
Although most alcohol beverages contain fewer calories than most non-alcohol beverages, some people are still concerned about gaining weight from consuming them. However, numerous scientific research studies have demonstrated that consuming alcohol tends not to increase weight and, among women, it is often associated with slight losses in weight.
To see a listing of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, visit Calories, Carbs & Fat in Popular Beverages
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