Health-conscious drinkers are loving the bubbly…and we’re not talking champagne! The drink of choice for a growing number of them is now hard-seltzer.
Manufacturers say it’s all about the nutritional focus:
- modest calories
- low carbs
These claims are promoted on their labels, through social media and on their websites, but are they the real deal or just hype?
Dietitians point out that the calorie difference compared to light beer is minimal, 5 -10 kcal. Also, at 5 to 6%, the amount of alcohol is pretty much the same as in a regular beer. When it comes to carbs, the difference is more noticeable. The usual hard seltzer drink has around 2 to 5 grams of carbs. While your typical beer ranges between 10 and 15 grams of carbs.
Consumers say the product has a time and place and they appreciate that it’s less bloating than beer and less boozy than wine. But only time will tell whether it’s a fad or if hard seltzer is here to stay.