Alcoholic Seltzer: New Healthy Booze Trend

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:

  • gluten-free
  • 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?

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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.

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