The U.S. Food and Drug Administration only loosely monitors the calories and nutritional content of alcoholic beverages, according to the Cornell Daily Sun. Bottles of hard liquor must show their alcohol content, but that is the extent of it. Consumers must check websites or call the distributor for information they're looking for, but when it comes to Bacardi products, this can be daunting. Bacardi Limited distributes Dewar's whiskey, Bombay Sapphire gin and Gray Goose vodka, as well as brands of tequila and sparking wines. The company also sells more than 10 kinds of rum, according to DietFacts.com.
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Forget what you have heard about rum and sugar, advises David L. Hanson, Ph.D. The fermentation process only leaves fructose behind in wines. In hard spirits, such as rum, the process leaves ethyl alcohol, which contains no carbohydrates. Bacardi's rum varieties contain little sugar and several contain none at all.
Bacardi's Razz has the highest carb count, with 16.7 percent of its calories coming from carbohydrates and 3 grams of sugar in each fluid ounce. The carbs and sugar don't come from the rum itself, but from other flavoring ingredients. The company's Vanilla, Limon -- lemon lime -- and Coco -- coconut -- brands all contain about 2 grams of sugar per fluid ounce, again from their added flavoring, with approximately 12 percent of their calories coming from carbohydrates. If you are on a low- or no-carb diet, choose Bacardi's Gold, Anejo or Superior rums, none of which have any carbohydrate content.
Overall Calorie Content
If you are counting calories, stay away from Bacardi 151, which has 122 calories per fluid ounce. Four Bacardi rum products offer almost half the calories for the same serving: Anejo, Gold, Superior and Vanilla. Razz is somewhat higher, with 72 calories per fluid ounce. None of the calories in Bacardi rum products come from fat or proteins.
There is barely a trace of sodium in any of Bacardi's rums, with the exception of Razz and Limon. Razz contains 900 parts sodium per million, or ppm, and Limon has 440 ppm. Comparatively, Superior -- Bacardi's signature and best known brand -- contains only 1 part per million of sodium.
Bacardi rum products contain no vitamins, minerals or fiber. The flavored rums – Razz, Limon, Vanilla and Coco -- contain the least alcohol by volume, only 35 percent. Bacardi's 151, a much higher proof, contains 75.5 percent alcohol by volume. Most other products are the standard 40 percent by volume.
There are serious health risks associated with drinking alcohol, reports the National Institutes of Health. From risks associated with drunkenness, such as falling down or driving a car while impaired, to serious health risks such as liver disease, damage to the pancreas and several cancers including breast, colon, esophageal and liver.
- The Cornell Daily Sun: Is This Bad for You? How Do I Know?
- DietFacts.com: Bacardi Nutrition Facts
- Alcohol Problems and Solutions: Calories, Carbs &amp; Fat in Popular Beverages; David J. Hanson, Ph.D.
- Bacardi Limited
- National Institutes of Health Medline Plus: Alcohol Use and Safe Drinking
- National Institutes of Health Medline Plus: Health Risks of Alcohol Use