What are “empty calories” so many people refer to?

what are empty liquor beer calories

Do calories from hard liquor add just as much caloric energy/fat as calories from other sources? What are “empty calories” so many people refer to?

Excellent question. To make a long story short: A serving of alcohol is typically not very high in calories, BUT it is metabolized very differently than our food (90 percent in the liver), which can make weight loss tricky. For example, a light beer is roughly 100 calories and so is a handful of nuts. In terms of calories, this is not much at all, but in terms of metabolism, they vary significantly, partly because you have fiber, protein, and fat in the nut and virtually none of these in beer.

This is why we can’t say a calorie equals a calorie. Think of it this way, an empty calorie food or drink is something you can remove from the diet but still maintain optimal physiological function. Do our bodies need alcohol to survive? No. Candy? No. Soda? No. These are empty calories because they don’t have a purpose. Do we need lean protein to survive? Yes. Fresh produce? Yes. You get the idea…

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