More calories than Coke? Gin and tonic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

If you thought you had beaten the system at its own game by ordering a chill G&T instead of a beer or cider when trying to shed some lbs, you may want to sit down before reading on.

According to experts in the field, our favourite tipple  – and the Holy Grail for dieters everywhere – can come in at around 150 calories which is 11 calories more than a full-fat can of Coke.

Yeah, we know – we're devastated too

"Some people assume it is healthier because it is a spirit and you may only use one shot of alcohol but this is still one unit, the same as half a pint of beer and one small glass of wine," said Rob Hobson Head of Nutrition for Healthspan.

Revealing something we all know deep-down, but generally refuse to accept, Rob added: "There is no healthy alcoholic drink unfortunately."

So, we now know that a shot of gin comes in at 75 calories and 250 ml of tonic water equals 150, but what about the sugar content?

According to Rob, a standard G&T can carry 19 grams per serving… and now we're crying.

"You can reduce the sugar and calorie value of gin and tonics by adding sugar-free tonic water, which is a better option," he advised.

"If you are worried about the amount of sugar and calories in your drink then you could stick to a spirit with a low calorie mixer or soda water and flavour it with fruit, vegetables (cucumber) or herbs such as rosemary and mint."

OK fine, pass the damn cucumber.

Well hello there!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device in cookies to serve you personalized content and ads.

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.