Alcohol contains little in the way of nutrients, while having a high calorie count. This is what you can expect from the bourbon nutrition facts: a lack of nutrient value and substantial calorie content, about 64 calories per ounce, according to The U.S. Department of Agriculture .
An Overview on Whiskey
Bourbon is a type of whiskey produced in the United States not exceeding 160° proof. It's made from a fermented mash of no less than 51 percent corn and stored at no more than 125° proof in charred new oak containers, says GovInfo.
Other types of whisky include rye, wheat, malt, which are produced in the same way, though instead of using corn, they're made with rye, wheat, malted barley or malted rye grain. The composition of corn whiskey varies slightly. Rather than containing no less than 51 percent corn, it's composed of at least 80 percent corn grain, explains govinfo.
Whiskey that's "straight," as in "straight bourbon" or "straight rye" has been stored in charred new oak containers for two years or more. According to govinfo, "light" whisky is produced in the United States at more than 160° proof. "Blended" whiskey is the result of combining different types of whiskey. Sometimes whiskey is identified not by how it is made, but by where it's made.
Scotch whiskey, for instance, is produced in Scotland, while Irish whiskey is a product of Ireland. Canadian whiskey, as you may have already guessed, is manufactured in Canada.
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Bourbon Nutrition Facts
According to MedlinePlus, alcoholic drinks have little to no nutritional value, so it's best not to look to your shots or pints for your daily vitamin intake.
About 1.5 ounces of 80° proof whiskey, which is the equivalent of about one shot of whiskey, will contain about 97 calories, according to the National Institutes of Health alcohol calorie calculator. Though the amount of calories will vary by brand. Makers Mark calories, for instance, amount to around 69 per shot. Though that doesn't seem like many calories, going out for a few drinks can easily add up to 500 calories or more.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture lays out the nutrition information for 80° proof whiskey. One ounce of bourbon contains about 64.2 kilocalories and 269 kilojoules of energy, 18.5 grams of water, 9.28 grams of ethyl alcohol, .556 milligrams of potassium, and .278 milligrams of sodium. The number of carbs in bourbon: zero.
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Alcohol and Weight Gain
A January 2015 study in Current Obesity Reports found that alcohol may be a risk factor for obesity in some individuals, though the evidence is varied. Better Health Channel says that the relationship between alcohol intake and weight gain isn't as straightforward as you may think.
Moreover, whether or not you gain weight from drinking alcohol can depend on a number of different factors, such as what you drink, how often you drink, genetics, your level of physical activity, your overall diet, age and gender. In fact, a positive association between alcohol and body weight is more likely to be found in men rather than women.
While the relationship between alcohol and weight gain isn't completely known, there are a few reasons why they may be related. The first is that alcohol stops your body from burning fat. It's also high in calories, which can add up quickly over the course of one sitting. Moreover, alcohol leads to greater hunger and you're more likely to make poor decisions when it comes to food choices.
- govinfo: "Subpart C—Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits "
- Better Health Channel: "Alcohol and Weight Gain"
- USDA: "Alcoholic Beverage, Distilled, All (Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey) 80 Proof"
- NIH: "Alcohol Calorie Calculator"
- MedlinePlus: "Calorie Count - Alcoholic Beverages"
- Current Obesity Reports: "Alcohol Consumption and Obesity: An Update"