RAJESH SURESH DAKE Raigarh, India 210 Questions 106 Answers 0 Best Answers 32 Points View Profile 0 RAJESH SURESH DAKE Asked: February 26, 2020In: Doctor Do calories from hard liquor add just as much caloric energy/fat as calories from other sources? What are “empty calories” so many people refer to? 0 Do calories from hard liquor add just as much caloric energy/fat as calories from other sources? What are “empty calories” so many people refer to? Share Facebook 1 Answer Voted Oldest Recent RAJESH SURESH DAKE Raigarh, India 210 Questions 106 Answers 0 Best Answers 32 Points View Profile RAJESH SURESH DAKE Added an answer on February 26, 2020 at 8:23 am To make a long story short: A serving of alcohol is typically not very high in calories, BUT it is metabolized very differently than our food (90 percent in the liver), which can make weight loss tricky. For example, a light beer is roughly 100 calories and so is a handful of nuts. In terms of calories, this is not much at all, but in terms of metabolism, they vary significantly, partly because you have fiber, protein, and fat in the nut and virtually none of these in beer. This is why we can’t say a calorie equals a calorie. Think of it this way, an empty calorie food or drink is something you can remove from the diet but still maintain optimal physiological function. Do our bodies need alcohol to survive? No. Candy? No. Soda? No. These are empty calories because they don’t have a purpose. Do we need lean protein to survive? Yes. Fresh produce? Yes. You get the idea… Kylene Bogden, MS, RD, CSSD, LD: Ms. Bogden is a registered clinical dietitian who works in the Department of Nutrition Therapy at Cleveland Clinic. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerCancel replyYou must login or register to add a new answer.