We’re all aware that alcohol isn’t the best choice of beverage for anyone who has serious health or fitness related goals, but at the end of the day many of us still choose to consume alcohol in social settings or to wind down after a long day. Let’s be clear, no alcohol is healthy for you- alcohol is filled with empty calories and has no nutritional benefits. Alcohol contains no protein, no essential nutrients and only contains simple carbohydrates in the form of sugars. With that being said, there are definitely healthier options for limiting the calories and health risks when choosing to consume alcohol. We have compiled a list of the 5 worst alcoholic beverages for you that you should avoid whenever possible.
One of these mixed drinks may have more than 300 calories due to the commercially made sour mix. The sour mixes are made from artificial lemon and lime flavoring along with corn syrup, coloring, preservatives, and stabilizers, which can have significant risks to your health. On top of that, it’s also jam packed full of sugar topping out at around 50-60g of sugar.
Long Island Iced Tea
These drinks are larger than most cocktails at a staggering 12 oz. or larger, so you’re already drinking more alcohol and sugar than you should be accounting for. A typical Long Island will contain 4-6 types of alcohol as well as soda and sour mix depending on the variety. It’s easy to see why this variety of cocktail sometimes contain up to 600 calories per drink.
Sugar, cream and alcohol is the perfect way to blow your diet and fitness goals. Just one White Russian can contain close to 300 calories thanks to the vodka, Kahlua, and heavy cream – which has a fat content of nearly 36% per serving.
A traditional Daiquiri is actually somewhat low in calories but most bars and stores have simplified the process of making this drink by using pre made mixed and ready to pour instant pouches. The frozen single-serve daiquiri pouches at the grocery store are 280 calories and 36 g of sugar each. Frozen Daiquiris at a bar can carry 240–417 calories per drink.
Besides hardly being a real whiskey itself, Fireball contains an ingredient known as propylene glycol (PG), which is found in antifreeze and other industrial products. In much smaller quantities (deemed “food grade” or “pharmaceutical grade”), PG is used as a flavor additive and preservative in many drinks, sodas, snacks, ice cream, and cosmetic products; but the use of PG has been known to cause liver, respiratory and kidney dysfunction which led to the product being pulled from the shelves of European stores.