Spirits & Hard Liquors: Calories & Nutrition Facts

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Spirits and hard liquors go through an extensive distillation process which leaves them relatively devoid of nutrients other than carbohydrate. Refer to the calorie counter for your favorite spirits and hard liquors to determine their nutritional value.

Nutritional Value

The majority of the calories in spirits and hard liquors come from carbs rather than fats or protein. These beverages cannot be said to be “healthy”, but they do contain modest amounts of certain vitamins and minerals in addition to their carbohydrate content. For example, vodka contains traces of vitamin B and rum contains small amounts of zinc and iron.

Calorie Content

The calorie content of spirits and hard liquor varies greatly from one type to another but, for the most part, they are much lower in calories than mixed drinks, beer, and wine. According to the USDA, a 1.5 ounce shot of distilled spirits and hard liquors (like rum, vodka, or gin) contains just under 100 calories while the average mixed drink can range from 250 to over 800. Refer to the calorie calculator to determine the number of calories in your favorite spirits and hard liquors.
While you should not drink spirits and hard liquors excessively, there are certain health benefits associated with enjoying these beverages in moderation. Spirits and hard liquors are known, for example, to aid in relaxation and some may even improve heart health.

Promotes Relaxation

There is a reason why people who are looking to relax after a rough day reach for a glass of their favorite spirits and hard liquors. Spirits like vodka and rum have been shown to provide relaxation benefits. The stress-relieving benefits of spirits and hard liquors are even greater than those of red wine and other alcoholic beverages – it also promotes restful sleep.

Improved Heart Health

The results of a recent study published in Circulation magazine suggest that there is a link between alcohol consumption and heart health. While many studies have proven that drinking red wine in moderation can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, this new study shows that the same benefits may be received by drinking spirits and hard liquor like vodka in moderation. Drinking vodka helps to develop new pathways for oxygen to reach your organs and reduces your risk for hardened arteries.