Our expert says:
All alcohol is potentially fattening. If you consider that alcohol contains 29 kJ per gram which is the second highest energy content after fat (37 kJ/gram), then it makes sense to limit your alcohol intake to 1-2 drinks per day and not to drink every day. According to the SA Food Tables, spirits like vodka contain an average of 1044 kJ/100 ml and ciders an average of 176 kJ/100 ml. You would of course have a smaller quantity of vodka per drink. If you have a 25 ml tot of vodka vs 300 ml of cider then this equates to 261 kJ for the tot of vodka and 528 kJ for the glass of cider. Keep in mind that you will probably use a mixer with the vodka and that the mixer also contains kJ if it is a sweetened cold drink.
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