Spiked Seltzer: Is It the “Healthiest” Alcohol Option? | You Versus Food | Well+Good

Spiked Seltzer: Is It the “Healthiest” Alcohol Option? | You Versus Food | Well+Good

(upbeat music) – Hi, I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman. I’m a registered
dietitian in New York City and it’s my job to help you figure out what to eat and why. Tailgate season is upon us. These days, that means
cracking open a cold beer. I mean, spiked seltzer? But do you know what’s
actually in spiked seltzer? Are there really now laws
when you’re drinkin’ the claw. In this episode of You Versus Food, we’ll see if spiked seltzers are really the healthiest
option bubbling up. Aside from being an appealing beverage that makes you wanna let your hair down, what really is in the spiked seltzer drink that has taken over my Instagram feed? Well, spiked seltzer,
also known as hard seltzer is normally made out of carbonated water, alcohol from fermented cane sugar, and fruit flavorings. Many of the brands add natural flavors which is an unregulated claim. Therefore, we just have
to trust the companies aren’t throwing in any
artificial flavorings in addition to their natural flavors. At this point, there is no telling what is in these delicious drinks. (upbeat music) Alcohol is not a healthy drink in any form and should not be consumed
under the legal age. If you do choose to drink to alcohol, it should be always in moderation. A 12 ounce can of spiked seltzer
contains around two grams of sugar, 100 calories,
two grams of carbs, and provides about 5% ABV on average. Similarly, a five ounce glass
of wine contains one gram of sugar, 120 calories,
four grams of carbs, and provides about 11% ABV. In comparison, a 1.5 ounce
shot of tequila or vodka contains zero grams of
sugar, 100 calories, zero grams of carbs and
provides about 40% ABV. One can of spiked seltzer on its own seems like a great better-for-you option but be careful. The light taste, coupled with the idea that it is a healthier
choice can make it easy for people to drink them in excess which is never good
regardless of the drink. Lastly, if you’re someone
who suffers from acid reflux, IBD, or IBS, the carbonation
may cause tummy troubles. (upbeat music) With the most eye catching
can featuring a name and imagery inspired
by the white claw wave, White Claw Hard Seltzer tugs on all of our boozy heartstrings. In fact, this millennial
drink became so popular that it experienced a
national shortage in September and we might not see a
full restock until 2020. I’m shook. It’s made with seltzer
water, gluten-free alcohol, cane sugar, fruit flavoring, and is low in calories and carbs. The drink is crisp, refreshing, and has a 5% ABV. One difference is that White
Claw uses juice concentrate which is technically an added sugar which is why the grams of carbs and sugar are higher on this one
than some competitors. Some truly love this drink. With 13 flavors to choose
from and 5% ABV coming from fermented cane sugar, Truly has a similar nutrition
profile to White Claw. But with one gram less
of sugar and less sodium. For shelf stability and flavoring, Truly uses citric acid which
is acid from citrus sources, think lemon, oranges, et cetera. They use Mandarina hops
which is also used in beer so if you recognize that
similar, sour, citrusy flavor, that’s the hops talkin’. I love Truly, madly, deepy. Like its competitors,
this brand is also made from sugar, natural
flavors, and is gluten-free. Bon&Viv changed their products this year to cut back on the calories and sugar but it also reduced the alcohol content which made fans pretty unhappy. I’m a big skeptical of
the no-added-sugar claim since they use corn syrup and malted rice, both of which contain sugar. Very interesting. (upbeat music) This refreshing sip is
made from real fruit juice, not from less nutrient dense and sometimes shady fruit concentrate and has zero added sugar, checking off several boxes
in the eyes of any dietitian. It clocks in slightly higher
in the carb department by one gram but I’m
willing to take that risk in order to enjoy this
better-for-you option. This one has my seal of approval. Briggs is made with only carbonated water, alcohol from fermented
sugar, and real fruit juice. And doesn’t contain any
preservatives or additives. In comparison to other brands, Briggs does have more
carbs and sugar coming from real fruit which
offers a more natural option but once again, I’m willing to spring for the real ingredients. (upbeat music) Spiked seltzer is really no better for you than wine, tequila, or vodka and you do run the risk of some
mysterious added ingredients with every can you crack open. It is, however, a lower
calorie, carb, and sugar option than beer and sugary mixed drinks. If you are of legal drinking age, just drink it in moderation. At the end of the day, you
are still consuming alcohol. Be mindful and remember
that alcohol in general can mess with your sleep, mood, food cravings, energy
levels, and even hormones. So, regardless of the type of alcohol, it still has the ability
to affect your body a lot. Ultimately, if you’re
drinking in moderation, you should enjoy whatever buzzy, I mean, bubbly, spiked seltzer you prefer. Catch you later for another
episode of You Versus Food. A round of a-claws if you subscribe to Well+Good’s YouTube channel. I know you can do it. (upbeat music) Nothing can stop the claw!

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