Reality check The skinny on ‘skinny’ alcohol

It’s no secret that alcohol harbours a load of calories that deliver little to no nutritional value (often called “empty calories“), yet many are reluctant to cut it out of their diet. As a result, the “skinny” alcohol category has grown in recent years to include all manner of reduced-calorie drinks from margaritas and vodka to wine and champagne.

But in some cases, consumption of these beverages can do more harm than good. The perception that these drinks are healthier can lead to over-consumption and while they are typically lower in sugar than regular alcohol (which is how they save you calories), some use sugar substitutes like Stevia, which comes with repercussions including lowering blood pressure and interfering with certain medications. Then there is the question of just how many calories they’re actually saving you in the long run.

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