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By Shannon Pierce
Nutrition labels on booze? Talk about a buzz-kill. When it comes to some areas of our diets, including cake, French fries or cocktails, we may just not want to know how much we are damaging our figures. We just want to enjoy every last decadent bite or smooth sip, without all the guilt. However, others may be very focused on watching their weight, and for that reason nutrition labels on their favorite alcoholic beverages may help them reach their health goals.
The global alcohol company called Diageo states that it will begin to put alcohol content and nutrition information on labels. Brands like Smirnoff, Bailey’s, and Bushmills will all sport the new tags, including information like fluid ounces, calories, carbs, fat content and alcohol by volume. The company has been aiming to include the labels for some time now, in an attempt to appeal to their low-carb diet consumer demographic. The info exists currently on the company website.
With $17.5 billions dollars in revenue last year for Diageo and the world’s largest distillery in London, the news for consumers is widespread. Even though the United States government has permitted such labels on alcohol products, the nutritional content is only voluntary.
What many people don’t know, and the nutrition labels won’t state - is that alcohol can be classified as a drug, and the most widely used drug in the world. Medicine.net states according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in the United States, 17.6 million people - about one in every 12 adults – are either abusing alcohol or depending on alcohol. Also the nutrition labels may not state that alcohol interferes with the body’s ability to process and store nutrients from the healthy foods you eat. Yikes.
So, before the labels are officially published, what can we do to watch out for our own health? What should we drink at the next cocktail hour that won’t do too much damage? Surprisingly, there are some antioxidants in beer, from the barley and hops used in the brewing process. In wine, the antioxidants come from grapes. Having a glass of wine, especially during the week should feel like a treat. Having a beer while you grill on the weekend never hurt anyone. Low calorie and low carb options have popped up all over the alcohol industry. However, boozing in moderation is crucial to optimal health. Overdoing it on the gin and tonics will effect your health negatively.
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