Build a healthy mocktail using these simple guidelines, and let everyone join in on the holiday cheer.
Are you a rum and diet Coke drinker or do you prefer a calorie-free cocktail blend made with artificial sweeteners? Whichever is your poison, recent studies have found that consuming artificial sweeteners with your booze can make you tipsy faster.
A 2006 study found that mixing vodka with a diet beverage containing artificial sweetener verses a sugar-sweetened beverage got folks drunk 15 minutes faster. Those downing the cocktail with artificial sweeteners also had a higher blood alcohol concentration by 0.02.
Although the recent study conducted by Northern Kentucky University had a pretty small sample size (about 16 subjects), the results pointed to the same conclusion. Researchers determined that sugar-sweetened alcohol is absorbed slower into the blood while the artificial stuff doesn’t hinder alcohol absorption.
While you may think that sticking to calorie free mix-ins like seltzer may be a better option, a 2007 study found that carbonated drinks cause alcohol to be absorbed quicker compared with flat mixers like orange and cranberry juice.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than 1 drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men. For beer, a “drink” is defined as a 12-fluid ounce bottle. Moderate alcohol consumption (as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines) can help reduce your risk of heart disease, reduce the risk of stroke, and lower the risk of gall stones.
The calories in a 12-fluid ounce bottle of regular beer vary from around 150 to 300. Lighter varieties usually run around 100 calories for 12-fluid ounces and are widely available in bars, restaurants and retail markets. However many bars offer pints (equivalent to 16-fluid ounces) with around 200 to 400 calories each.
If you’re looking for nutritional goodness, dark beer is the way to go. A 2011 study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that dark beers have more iron than both pale and non-alcoholic beer.
See the results of our light beer taste test.
Booze, booze, and more booze. That’s pretty much the theme of most holiday parties. This December, don’t guzzle down hundreds of empty calories. Instead, review these helpful tips before heading out to your next shindig.
The Downside of Too Much
When you’re in a roomful of colleagues, the easiest way to relax is with a few cocktails. I’m sure you’re aware that drinking too much alcohol can lead to calorie overload. Many of us forget that too many cocktails also lead to decreased inhibitions and loss of control. This can result in mindless flirting with your coworkers or losing control of how much you eat.
Typical holiday cocktail parties are overflowing with alcohol and high calorie foods, but you can be festive while watching your figure. These 5 swaps will save you a whopping 1000 calories at your next shindig.
Fresh Summer Cocktails
Cocktails don’t have to be full of sugary mixers or heavy ingredients. Integrate your summer fruit or herb purchases in with your cocktail recipes for some light and refreshing summer fun!
This week we asked you to share with us your favorite fresh summer drink recipes. You answered our call with some unique drink concoctions made from seasonal ingredients. We can’t wait to sip on these delicious cocktails this weekend!
With spring fever in the air (and Memorial Day barbecues this weekend), relax with a glass (or two) of your drink of choice. Beer, wine and cocktails can all be part of a healthy diet — just follow our tips to avoid overdoing it.
A glass of white wine is great on its own, but you can easily jazz it up by adding fresh fruit, fruit juices and other liqueurs. Try these recipes, from Snooth.com wine expert Gregory Del Piaz, for a cool change from your standard mixed drinks. (Also, check out his recommendations for 5 budget-friendly white wines.)
Toast July 4th (or any summer day) with a cool cocktail. But don’t go overboard! Cocktails can come with some hefty calorie counts, especially if you like your drinks strong. Before you fill your glass, remember these helpful hints so you don’t wind up drowning in sugar or, worse, with a nasty hangover the next day.