The Woodchuck Cidery uses apples to create fermented cider, which results in an alcoholic, or "hard" beverage. Apples contain several nutrients, but drinking alcohol in moderation may help protect your health. Moderate consumption is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association. The nutritional information for Woodchuck Cider varies only slightly among the different types available, but all are fat-free and contain 0 grams of protein.
Alcohol, Woodchuck's hard cider included, contains calories. Many people gain weight by not factoring liquid calories into their diets. A glass of Woodchuck's cider now and then isn't likely to derail your diet, but stick to one glass to prevent calorie overload. A 12-ounce serving of Dark & Dry Cider has 177 calories, while a 12-ounce glass if the Woodchuck Cider Amber has 198 calories. The same amount of Pear Draft Cider has 150 calories.
Carbohydrates are your body's main source of energy. If you follow a 2,000-calorie diet, you should consume 225 to 325 grams of carbohydrates each day; the occasional glass of Woodchuck's cider can contribute to this daily recommendation. A 12-ounce glass of the Draft Granny Smith cider contains 11 grams of carbohydrates, while the same amount of Raspberry Draft Cider contains 22 grams. A 12-ounce glass of Hard Cider has 21 grams.
Since Woodchuck's cider is made from apples, you get some of the antioxidant benefits that eating an apple offers. Antioxidants protect your body from free-radical damage that results from exposure to toxins in your environment, which can increase your risk of developing heart disease and cancer. Cider has a similar antioxidant content to that of whole apples, according to Dr. Erik Skovenborg. The benefit will vary by manufacturer, but Woodchuck uses fresh apples and only natural ingredients, which increases the potential antioxidant content of its products.
Apples contain natural sugars and some of the ingredients used to create the different hard ciders at Woodchuck's cidery increase the sugar content of the finished product. Getting too much sugar increases your calorie intake, which can lead to weight gain. Women should get no more than 6 teaspoons, or 25 grams, of added sugar each day and men should limit themselves to 9 teaspoons, or 37.5 grams. A 12-ounce serving of Woodchuck Draft Granny Smith contains 11 grams of sugar, the Pear Draft Cider has 18 grams and the Raspberry Draft Cider has 22 grams.