On its own, alcohol provides energy (7 calories per gram) but no nutrients, so distilled spirits, such as whiskey or plain, unflavored vodka serve up nothing but calories.
Beer, wine, cider, and other fermented beverages, such as kumiss (fermented milk), contain some of the food from which they were made, so they contain small amounts of proteins and carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
Other foods must be digested before being absorbed by your cells, but alcohol flows directly through your body’s membranes into your bloodstream, which carries alcohol to nearly every organ in your body!
(*) By the way, right now, alcohol beverages are the only entries in the food and drink market sold without a Nutrition Facts label.
The National Consumers League and the Washington-based Center for Science in the Public Interest are petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to create an ingredients label for alcohol beverages. The label would show the ingredients, the number of standard
servings in the container, and the alcohol content and calorie count per serving so you can compare products — and control what you drink. Smart!
(Taken from the book entitled, “Nutrition for Dummies” 4th Edition pages 116 - 117)
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