Health Watch - Party Time: Drink Calories

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about enjoying the party season. If you’re watching your weight, you may be careful about resisting the holiday treats, but don’t forget about what you drink.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says alcoholic drinks may be loaded with calories and may also make you want to eat more. Mixed drinks with fruit juice and sweeteners can really pile on the calories, with up to 400 calories in a drink. Creamy drinks such as eggnog have even more calories. Limit these drinks or avoid them entirely. Wine is a better choice, calorie-wise, with about 150 calories a glass, and red wine even has some health benefits. The other problem with alcohol is that it can make you feel hungrier, so you eat more. Drink diet beverages or club soda, or avoid alcoholic drinks until after you’ve eaten.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.

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December 2009

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