Calories in Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Brandy, Cognac, Whiskey

Learn how many calories are in a shot of vodka or another 80 proof distilled spirit including gin, rum, whiskey, cognac, brandy and tequila. Do alcohol calories count? Can vodka calories hinder weight loss?

What is considered one serving of alcohol?

A shot is considered one serving of alcohol. It contains about an ounce of a beverage.

How many calories are in a shot of vodka?

A shot of vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, brandy, cognac, or tequila has 65 calories. Regular vodka, as well as other mentioned distilled spirits, is 80 proof. Beverages that are lighter in proof, such as for example, domestic grain vodka, are also lighter in calories.

Vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, brandy, cognac, and tequila contain no protein, carbohydrates or fat. Where do the calories come from? All calories are from alcohol. Does it make a difference? Does it matter where the calories come from?

Do vodka calories count?

Alcohol calories do count, and they can hinder weight loss. A gram of alcohol contains 7 calories. When you add sweetened soft drinks, juice or cream, you add calories to your beverage. Liqueurs are higher in calories, with 188 calories per serving (1.5 ounce), as liqueurs are high in sugar.

To restrict calorie intake, dieters tend to eat less on drinking days. Such calorie restriction increases odds of getting drunk, which in turn increases the risk of getting injured.

Alcohol has no vitamins or minerals beneficial for health, so calories in alcohol are often referred to as “empty calories”. When choosing between alcohol and healthy foods packed with vitamins and minerals, the choice is obvious: alcohol should be limited (or even avoided) to reduce calorie intake.

Watch how much alcohol you drink as calories in beverages add up quickly. To lose weight, one has to restrict vodka and other alcoholic beverages to no more than one drink per day.

References

  1. Alcohol and Nutrition – Alcohol Alert No. 22- 1993.
  2. Why the Body May Waste the Calories From Alcohol – New York Times.

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