In the lead up to the weekend we thought we share an article about the “no-calories myth”, as seen in Body and Soul, written by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

One of the big nutrition issues is how many calories are in alcohol. But don’t worry, people say, because vodka has zero calories.

After all, the myth claims, vodka has no carbs – and therefore it has no calories. But while the word ‘vodka’ does come from the Russian word ‘voda’ meaning ‘water’, the truth is that alcohol does contain energy. Gram for gram, the energy content of alcohol (seven calories) is alot more than carbs (four calories), and only a little less than fat (nine calories).

Alcoholic drinks are mostly made up of water. Beer is 95 per cent water, with carbs and alcohol making up the rest. Vodka is about 50 per cent water and 50 per cent alcohol. All alcoholic drinks (including ‘low carb’ beers) have about 95 to 145 calories – alot more if you add sweeteners and creams.

On the other hand, if you have a few vodkas, you probably won’t worry about the calories. The worry about gaining weight is quickly dispelled by your increased lightheadedness.”

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki features in Body and Soul regularly.

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  • Very interesting article and information. I do think the sugars in some drinks can change your metabolism if a regular drinker and it impacts your weight.


  • Never heard this myth but knew the calories were more, I’d rather eat my calories


  • I have never heard about this myth,oh well!


  • I know what they mean when they say “don’t drink your calories” now! Wow, just wow


  • A really interesting article! Thank for this read!


  • Oh no! Myth busted. Now I have to take booze into consideration for my calories again!
    Always did.


  • Well back to water martinis for now


  • Water and air are my only options now haha


  • Lol it is funny the things we believe


  • Well there goes that plan, I always put it down to the orange juice that I mixed with it!! Think I really knew but was in denial!! Oh well all in moderation, will have to cut back somewhere else, LOL



    • here….. let me emphasize that for you NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! LOL


  • Im not a vodka fan at all


  • haha never heard this myth but a light hearted read :)


  • I must admit I’d never heard this myth – I thought everything had calories (except broken biscuits – they’ve leaked out).

    • That’s exactly what one of my work colleagues always said at morning tea time if she got a broken biscuit out of the packet. A good excuse to have another one. A “big” problem if the pack has been dropped and then rolled around in the boot of the car hen she drove around bends and corners. Because she is diabetic we used to have to confiscate the packet.


  • If it’s not just plain water then it more than likely has calories haha


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