A nice glass of rum and coke can be the perfect remedy after a long week. For those who like to enjoy a delicious glass of wine or bottle of beer on a Friday night or weekend escapades. Tread lightly, as hidden sugars lurk within those drinks!
While some alcoholic drinks may not taste so sweet, the sugar content may be higher than you think. Beverages that contain the most sugar are generally mixed drinks. For every ounce of soda, juice or tonic water, there is about 4 grams (or a teaspoon) of sugar. Mixed drinks such as margaritas, piña coladas and daiquiris are a different story. Those delectable beverages can contain over 30 grams of sugar per serving. It might be best to think of that mixed drink as dessert!
If you’re fond of hard apple cider, you are familiar with the sweet and satisfying taste. However, you may not be so familiar that the scrumptious brew contains 5 grams of sugar. To put that into perspective, adults are advised to consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. Multiple alcoholic refreshments throughout the evening can put you over the edge for your daily limit. This can be quite consequential for your choppers. Just remember to make sure to brush and floss those teeth after drinking your share of shots and spirits. Your smile will thank you in the long run.