You probably know drinking too much alcohol isn’t good for you. When it comes to consuming alcohol, most medical experts agree that moderation is key.
But is it possible to incorporate your favorite alcoholic beverage into a healthy lifestyle?
The truth is alcohol really shouldn’t be considered a “healthy” beverage at all. And that includes some of the most popular hard seltzers that are marketed as low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, and low-sugar alcoholic drink options.
The Hard Truth About Hard Seltzers
Hard seltzers have become increasingly popular in recent years. They claim to have fewer calories than wine and beer, which may give a false impression that hard seltzers are a healthier alcoholic drink option. But when you look beyond the surface of the fizzy carbonated water and its refreshing fruity flavors, hard seltzers really aren’t as healthy as they may seem.
Myth #1: Hard seltzers are healthier than other alcoholic beverages.
One of the biggest misconceptions about hard seltzers is that they are healthier than other alcoholic beverages. While hard seltzers may contain fewer calories and carbohydrates than beer or sugary mixed drinks, they are still alcoholic beverages and should be consumed in moderation.
Myth #2: Hard seltzers are low in calories.
Hard seltzers and beer are similar in a few ways. However, the most notable difference between the two is that hard seltzer drinks are marketed as 100-calorie (or less) alcoholic drinks, while one beer can have up to 175 calories.
While hard seltzers do contain fewer calories than some other alcoholic beverages, they are not necessarily low in calories. A typical 12-ounce can of hard seltzer contains around 100 calories, which is similar to a light beer. However, many people consume multiple cans of hard seltzer in one sitting, which can quickly add up in terms of calories.
Myth #3: Hard seltzers are sugar-free.
Hard seltzers are often marketed as a sugar-free alternative to other alcoholic beverages, but this is not entirely accurate. While they may not contain added sugars, hard seltzers are made from fermented sugars and contain some residual sugar. Additionally, some hard seltzers contain artificial sweeteners, which can have their own health risks, as well.
Myth #4: Hard seltzers are better for hydration than other alcoholic beverages.
Hard seltzers are often touted as a hydrating beverage, but this is not entirely true. While hard seltzers may contain water and electrolytes, they also contain alcohol, which is a diuretic and can lead to dehydration. It’s important to drink water along with hard seltzers or any other alcoholic beverage to stay hydrated.
While hard seltzers may be a better option for those looking to cut down on calories or carbohydrates, they are not necessarily healthier than other alcoholic beverages.
It’s important to consume any alcoholic beverage in moderation and to be aware of the potential health risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption. So, enjoy your hard seltzers in moderation, and remember to stay hydrated and drink responsibly.