Beer & Calories

Alcohol in beverages comes from fermentation of sugars or starch; thus the higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories.

As for expanding waistlines, one should check their eating habits and lifestyle. Just because beer is such a good match for different types of food, one should not be too quick to blame the beer. Here is a bit of reality check:

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Beverage Calories per 100ml Standard Serving Calories
Beer - lager (5% abv) 43 330 142
Table wine (12% abv) 83 187 155
Spirits (40% abv) 231 50 116
Liqueurs (40% abv) 327 50 164
Whole milk 61 250 153
Regular cola / soda 42 330 139
Apple juice (unsweetened) 46 250 115
Orange juice (unsweetened) 45 250 113
Standard serving: beer/regular cola/soda = small can; table wine = single serve small bottle; spirits/liqueurs = miniature mini bar bottle; milk/apple juice/orange juice = small tetrapak
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Food Calories per 100ml Standard Serving Calories
Crisps 500 50 250
Nuts (salted) 600 50 300
Hamburger (regular) 250 110 275
Hamburger (large) 250 200 500
Pizza (medium) 270 150 405
French Fries 342 134 458
Sandwich 240 140 336


Source: http://www.nal.usda.gov