They don't call it a beer belly for no reason, and when you take a look at the carb contents of some of your favorite brews you may think twice about grabbing that 6 pack at the supermarket.
We all know that drinking alcohol will pack on the pounds, and do so through the consumption of some pretty empty calories – but for those who partake in a few cold ones but aren’t quite ready to give up on that six pack of a different kind, here is some information on smart buying that may keep you on the right track.
Carb Contents of Popular Beers (per standard bottle)
- Amstel Light - 95 calories - 5 grams of carbohyrdates
- Bud Light – 110 calories - 6.6 grams of carbs
- Budweiser – 145 calories – 10.6 grams of carbs
- Corona Light – 105 calories - 5.0 grams of carbs
- Corona Extra – 148 calories -14 grams of carbs
- Guinness Draft (bottle) 126 calories – 10.6 grams of carbs
- Heineken – 150 calories – 11 grams of carbs
- Keystone Light – 100 calories - 5.0 grams of carbs
- Michelob Light – 134 calories - 11.7 grams of carbs
- Michelob Ultra – 95 calories - 2.6 grams of carbs
- Miller Lite – 96 calories - 3.2 grams of carbs
- Milwaukee's Best 128 calories – 11.5 grams of carbs
- Rolling Rock Premium – 120 Calories – 10 grams of carbs
- Sam Adams Light – 124 calories - 9.7 grams of carbs
- Schlitz – 146 calories – 12.1 grams of carbs
All distilled liquors are carbohydrate free, but still high in calories.
- 1.5 ounces of gin has 120 calories.
- 1.5 ounces of vodka has about 100 calories.
Liqeurs are quite a different story, and these syrupy elixers can be quite high in calories.
- Crème de Menthe – 1oz – 124 calories – 12 grams of carbs
- Coffee Liquer – 1 oz – 111 calories – 10.5 grams of carbs
Most red wines contain about 5 grams of carbohydrate per 120 ml serving and 120 calories. Most white wines contain less than 1 gram of carbohydrate per same serving size and about 110 calories.
Coolers can pack a wallop, and the sugar laden Mike's Hard Lemonade packs on a massive 32 grams of carbs and 220 calories per bottle. Bartle's and James Classic wine coolers are only slightly better at 29 grams of carbs per bottle.
- 1 Pina Colada (4.5 oz) – 245 calories and 32 grams of carbohydrates
- 1 Tequila Sunrise (200ml) – 232 Calories 24 grams of carbohydrates
Any kind of drinking in excess is going to lead to weight gain, but even moderate drinking can cause an unwanted few pounds. Drinking in moderation and making smart drinking choices can make it easier to stay lean and stay healthy.
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Barb on July 26, 2015:
Is one 16 oz. beer a day OK, along with a low carb diet each day?
Aaron on January 09, 2013:
Leslie on January 09, 2012:
I'm really starting to watch my carbs and have been doing pretty well. I just wasn't sure with a big party coming what the best drink would be. I really like wine, but whiskey is nice too.
Cowpox on September 12, 2011:
Alcohol IS carbohydrate.
It is composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.
rio scafone on March 09, 2011:
NO MATTER WHAT I will not give up my afternoon and evening drink of wine. Then there is Goodnight Moon Hello Mommy's Special! nite nite S. Riley!
Georgina on June 24, 2010:
I lost 65 lbs in 3 months. Cut our carbs. For me... its the only way to go. Exercise adds the dimension of toning. Allergies and high blood pressure went away. Energy -rocketed. After 3 years I am not no-carb, simply low carb. Glycemic indexing deserves merit.
PGage35 from Hollywood, CA on April 10, 2010:
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I also show you all about how they make the beer..
Rose Barrett on February 23, 2010:
I always try to stay away from the frothier concoctions when I'm trying to watch my weight. But I cannot give up my little glass of white wine every now and then. Glad to hear I'm not doing too much damage.
madellen from British Columbia, Canada on August 16, 2008:
Shoot, I've just had my supper level with the carb count of my afternoon toddy.
My understanding of carbs is that they transport startch and fat through the blood stream, the fewer carbs, the more likely that these are not stored in the body but illiminated. So I guess carbs and calorie counting plus Fitness World, is the way to go.