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Caloric cocktail?

As restaurants add calorie information to their menus, COCKTAIL calorie secrets are being exposed too. Those calories from alcohol are frequently ignored when watching one’s weight, so let the shock factor begin.

Those big summery, fruity (AKA sugary) drinks…piña colada (600 cals), frozen daiquiris (550 cals) and margaritas (600 cals), Long Island tea (780 cals) anyone?

There are multiple problems with those drinks – volume being the first. When served in huge glasses or in pitchers, the calorie counts often soar over 500/drink.

Secondly, once one starts drinking and because these are sweetened drinks, they just seem refreshing and not so alcoholic. So here comes a second one. Oops. Thirdly, these drinks typically are accompanied by high calorie snacks. And finally, a celebratory atmosphere tends to encourage more than one drink.

A funny aside is that bars and restaurants were trying to find a loophole on their cocktails by stating calories in the alcohol alone avoiding the calorie-laden mixers.

What to do? Obviously limiting your drink to one is helpful (and your liver will thank you). Avoiding high calorie mixers, including fruit juice which to the body looks just like soda, will save a few calories. Beer and wine, in proper portions, tend to be lower in calories.

Think before you drink to be well,

Marcia

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