What are the calories in drinks?

At the end of a day, all we want is caloric deficit, Is not it? Or drink that drink that doesn’t give you that belly. But what is a caloric deficit? It is when we eat fewer calories than we expend and, thus, the weight loss process takes place.

That’s why we’re always curious and want to know: how many calories does that drink have? Does she get fat? Of course, we don’t just have to think about the calories in a food, but about everything it offers together.

Friends go out for drinks and you often don’t want to stick your foot in the jackfruit, but you’re also not sure if the spirit has fewer calories or if the beer has more, because that’s what you once heard from a friend. Isn’t it better to drink what you like carefully and in moderation and enjoy it now and then without any worries? Here we will list the drinks and their respective calories:

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How much energy does alcohol provide?

Alcohol provides approximately an energy value of 7 kcal per gram, and that’s no small feat! It is worth remembering that 1 gram of fat has 9 kcal and carbohydrate, 4 kcal.

Why do people say that alcohol has “empty calories”?

Because alcohol can suppress an individual’s caloric needs, even though it is not nutritious. So, in fact, there is only the promotion of energy without the correct nutrition.

Isn’t distillate fattening?

Nothing isolated can lose weight or gain weight. The big question is: do distilled beverages have fewer calories than fermented ones? Well, the first thing to do is analyze the amount of alcohol in each drink — vodka, whiskey, gin are distilled drinks that have a higher alcohol volume, so they are clearly more caloric, because for every gram of alcohol, 7 kcal. But how the calorie count is in a whole depends on what that drink is made of. Has sugar been added? fruits? This analysis is worth it.

So no, spirits are not less caloric, they have a higher alcohol content, increasing the amount of calories. The difference is that distilled beverages are consumed in smaller quantities because they are “stronger” than beer and wine, which have much less alcohol in their composition.

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Usually beer has a low alcohol content that reaches 5% of its volume. What makes it a caloric drink is the cereal from which it is made: malt, barley, corn, wheat. The most consumed beers here in Brazil have 87 kcal in 200ml.


Made from a variety of cereals, whiskey has a very high alcohol value, reaching up to 54% of its total volume. In a dose of 50 ml there are approximately 125 kcal.

gin and tonic

Just the 50 ml dose of gin has 65 kcal. Already half a can of tonic (175 ml), has 40 kcal. In total, we have a 225 ml drink with 105 kcal.


The wine, obtained through the fermentation of grapes and with an alcohol content of 12% to 14%, has, in 100 ml, approximately 72 kcal.


With a very high alcohol content, around 40%, a 50 ml dose of vodka has around 10 kcal. What will make a difference in this drink is whether you drink it neat or with fruit and sugar, for example.

sake caipirinha

Sake, a drink with about 16% alcohol content, has 65 kcal in 50 ml. What will make the difference in the calories of this drink will be the fruits and the amount of sugar added.

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zero sugar soda

Zero sugar soda actually has zero calories. There are nutritionists who don’t see any problem with it being consumed every day, but, in my opinion, just because a product has no calories doesn’t mean it brings any benefit or can’t do harm.

In Coca-Cola Zero Açúcar, for example, the ingredients are: carbonated water, kola nut extract, caffeine, natural aroma, caramel coloring IV, acidulant phosphoric acid, sweeteners, sodium cyclamate, acesulfame potassium, aspartame, benzoate preservative of sodium and sodium citrate stabilizer. That is, it is an ultra-processed product whose additives can bring future health problems.

regular soda

A 350 ml can of soda contains around 149 kcal, counting sugar as the second ingredient on its label.


The drink that should be the most consumed. We normally recommend drinking 35 ml of water daily for every pound you weigh. For example: if a person weighs 70 kg, we make 35 x 70 = 2,450 liters of water per day. On the caloric issue, water has no calories.

Sparkling water

Sparkling water also has no calories. It just has a higher amount of sodium than mineral water.

natural coconut water

Natural coconut water has 19 kcal in 100 grams of its composition.


Coffee has almost no calories. Sugar free, even better. A serving of 100 grams of prepared coffee has 7 kcal.

Orange juice

The orange juice is perhaps the most surprising, as it is actually quite high in calories. For those who want to have a caloric deficit, it is not a good option. A 200 ml glass has 90 kcal.

Whole Grape Juice

Whole grape juice has 114 kcal in a 200 ml glass, that is, it is supercaloric. What many people do for this type of juice is to dilute it in water so that its flavor is not as strong and, thus, they ingest a larger volume with the same amount of calories.

infusion tea

The calories that tea made by infusion contains are minimal, approaching zero.

Sugar-free industrialized tea

Zero sugar mate tea has a caloric value close to zero, with approximately 4 kcal per 200 ml cup.

regular industrialized tea

An industrialized peach tea, for example, has 36 kcal per 200 ml cup.

boxed chocolate milk

In 200 ml, representing a box, there are 167 kcal.

Fermented milk

An 80 g unit of fermented milk has 51 kcal. Remembering that fermented milk is a milk that has a lot of sugar.


A 250 ml energy drink can has 115 kcal.

Always remember to analyze the labels and it is also worth mentioning that the values ​​will always be approximate and not exact.


Marcela Andrade, a weekly columnist for Mega Curioso, holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication with a qualification in Public Relations, a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, a judicial expert in the field of Nutrition, and a postgraduate student in Public Health with an emphasis on Family Health Strategy.