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Sugar and calories in alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks

Sugar and calories in alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks

It is funny how the mind works. You can drink bottle after bottle of beer, or glass after glass of wine - and then, if you decide to take a break or have a night off, you can get very preoccupied about the sugar content of the alternatives. In our minds they feel worse for us, and there are only so many ginger beers you can drink on a night out anyway.

In part that is because the alternatives actually taste sweeter. But we also know many contain added sugar. So what is the real score with sugar, and what does it mean for you trying to moderate your drinking?

For example, pure orange juice contains 8.1 grams of sugar per 100ml. But there is no added sugar, it is all naturally present in the fruit.

Likewise, beer and wine have no added sugars. Any sugars in the them come from the grapes, or maize or barley malt. This is why they are lower in sugar. In spirits, the sugar content mostly comes from the soft drinks that are used as a mixer.

The dealcoholised versions of beers and wines also have no added sugar, but they do often have a higher natural sugar content. This is because they have been produced differently to their alcoholic counterparts.

Read the complete post, including information about sugar and calorie content of soft drinks and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers, wines and ciders, here: