Many people don’t realize what exactly you’re putting in your body when you drink alcohol.
A group is looking to put labels on the booze you buy, to show you how much sugar or how many calories you’re consuming with each drink.
Lalitha Taylor, a spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada told Global News, that if you choose to take the light option, you might not be saving as many calories as you think.
“Five ounces would be considered a serving of wine, and that’s about 100 calories. 1.5 ounces of hard liquor (is also) around 100 calories. And 12 ounces of beer can run you up to about 140 calories,” Taylor explained. “So when we actually compare that to a light alcoholic beverage, we’re only looking at a discrepancy of maybe about 20-60 calories.”
Taylor added that you may be getting a larger portion than you might be expecting.
“It’s crazy, because when you go to restaurants these days you’re not typically ‘here’s five ounces’ it’s more ‘here’s the nine ounce version (of wine) or here’s a pint of beer’,” Taylor said. “And so our portion sizes, in general, for alcohol have really increased. I think there’s something to be said when it comes to looking at those guidelines about moderation.”
Taylor added that in some cases some drinks can contain as much sugar as a chocolate bar. Most people will eat one chocolate bar, but will have more than one drink.
Taylor also said that the labels could help people with diseases or allergies make informed decisions.
“I think for some people, they are aware of dyes affecting their health. Some alcoholic beverages have blue dyes in them, maybe even some red dyes. So that increased transparency of having the ingredient list there and available can help consumers make more informed decisions, if there is something going on with their health that they are aware of.”
Nutritional labels on alcohol are being implemented in the U-S, but so far there’s no law in Canada that requires them. With files from Global News (km)