If you care to stay lean, the next time you’ll think twice to order a drinks in a cafe
People in many other countries consume more calories through alcohol than over sweet drinks such as cola and lemonade, say the new data, which suggests to struggle with the problem of alcohol consumption could be more important to health than reducing the consumption of sugar.
Of the 24 countries included in the study for data analysis company Euromonitor International, all but one have a higher daily caloric intake of alcoholic beverages than of non-alcoholic beverages such as coke and lemonade. Adults in the UK eat more than 106 calories per capita each day over alcoholic beverages, compared with 98 calories from beverages sweetened with sugar.
The highest intake of calories through alcohol was recorded in South Korea, with close to 168 calories per person per day and only 44 calories from sweet drinks. A high intake is registered in Poland, the Czech Republic, Finland and Germany, and of all the countries surveyed only in Taiwan brings more calories over sweet drinks than alcohol. US not included in this study.
Sugar is the target of health experts and fighters against obesity. Some governments are introducing excise tax on beverages sweetened with sugar, which are considered to be the largest cause of obesity in children.
But very little is being said or done in conjunction with alcohol, for which new data show that even more important than sweet drinks to obesity in adults. Most people are not aware that alcohol can not be grown because – unlike the food – the number of calories is not routinely indicated on beer cans and bottles of wine and spirits.
Large glass of wine with 13 percent alcohol contains 228 calories and a standard glass of 160 pints of beer with 4 percent alcohol also contains about 160 calories.
In the United Kingdom, alcoholic beverages with more than 1.2 percent alcohol are currently exempt from the requirement that the labels have information on the number of calories. This research clearly shows that this exception should now be abolished – says prof. Sir Ian Gilmore, chairman of Alliance for the fight against alcohol.
The public has a right to know what is in their drinks to be able to make informed choices about drinking. These labels should be to inform the public, for example, that mug of beer standard volume contains about 180 calories, which is similar to a bag of potato chips, and to a large glass of wine has about 200 calories, which is about the same number of calories from donuts.
Food analyst from Euromonitor Sara Petersson says that this does not diminish the negative impact of sugar.
It is very interesting because it is the main reason why the non-alcoholic beverages exposed to attacks by what are calories in liquid form. We do not have a compensation mechanism which says that we should eat less after we consume. The same goes for alcohol, which not only has a negative impact on health, but also stimulates the appetite, which makes you eat more. This does not diminish the need to reduce sugar. It is essential because sugar is a very important source of excess weight – she says.
But, she said, troubleshooting alcohol consumption is also essential in the fight against obesity, which can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer and is threatening to cause serious financial problems, health care systems around the world.
Data on nutrition published by Euromonitor also show that the average daily caloric intake in the world is 1,398, with the lowest in India – 761 calories per capita per day – and the largest in Belgium – 2559 calories. They also show that most countries in the development of the surveyed (78 percent) more calories than enters through processed than over fresh food.