For now, the Feds will keep you guessing how many calories are in your favorite drink. But we won't.
Some beverage companies are already listing details voluntarily. That's particularly true of distilled-spirits makers, who are happy to point out that their products have fewer carbs or calories. "We're adamant about the need for putting alcohol content on labels," says Monica Gourovitch, PhD, senior vice president of scientific affairs at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, a trade group that includes producers of rum, vodka, and other spirits. But Gourovitch says her group wants listing nutrients and ingredients to be done on a voluntary basis, and left up to the individual producers.
|Red wine (5 oz.)||102||22 g||0 g||Rich in antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, which may lessen risk for cancer and heart disease|
|White wine (5 oz.)||96||1 g||0 g||Has fewer polyphenols than red wine, because antioxidant-rich grape skins are removed to keep color white|
|Regular beer (12 oz.)||146||13 g||0 g||Has twice as many antioxidants as white wine and about half as many as red wine|
|Light beer (12 oz.)||99||5 g||0 g||Has fewer antioxidants than dark beer|
|Margarita (3 oz.)||157||9 g||0 g||Has small amount of lime juice, which is rich in vitamin C|
|Mojito (7 oz.)||172||11 g||0 g||Has small amount of lime juice and fresh mint, which is rich in antioxidants|
|Cosmopolitan (6 oz.)||143||13 g||0 g||Has some cranberry juice, which is rich in antioxidants and proanthocyanidins, compounds that may inhibit infection-causing bacteria|
|Gin & tonic (7 oz.)||179||12 g||0 g||Tonic water has sugar; save 50 calories with diet tonic|
|Piña colada (5 oz.)||245||32 g||3 g||Extra calories come from the coconut cream and pineapple juice|
Note: A standard drink serving is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, and 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits.