It summer holidays! That means rest, relax, spend time with the family, eat and drink a bit more than usual. No problem……
Maybe a little problem; do you know what lurks in your festive drink?
Calories, lots and lots of it!
Alcohol is made by fermenting a natural source of starch and/or sugar, such as grapes, barley and wheat, with yeast. During the fermentation process the grapes turn into carbon dioxide and ethyl alcohol. This is the base for alcoholic drinks. So, lots and lots of calories.
It is so easy to forget that all drinks, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, contains calories and we should keep that in mind whenever we do the “eat, drink and be merry” thing. We all know by now that too many calories pack on around our hips and stomach. We need to keep the amount of calories we ingest, within our daily allowance and that counts for all “liquid” calories as well.
Consuming alcohol in moderation usually does not affect our bodies too much. However, in excess in can be harmful. It can slow our reaction times with dangerous consequences, impair our judgement as well as lead to other silly and sometimes risky behavior. Drinking huge amounts in short times may result in acute alcohol poisoning.
To help you make an informed decision as to how much liquid calories you can fit within your daily allowance, I compiled a list of the most popular drinks’ calories content.
To keep this in context, here are some other food’s calories:
- 2 slices of white bread (shop- sliced) – 133 cal or 557 Kj
- 1 ounce/30 g Cheddar cheese (about a matchbox size)- 114 cal or 477 KJ
- 1 medium apple (about 3 inch/7 cm in diameter)-72 cal or 301 KJ
I am not saying do not drink. I saying be careful and keep you weight in mind and make your safety a first priority.
With these quick reference guides you can still have a wonderful time and enjoy every moment!