Waistlines teeter on the drink
WATCH out — your Christmas tipple could pack more kilojoules than the sweet treats it’s washing down.
And while Australia’s food and drink regulations mandate nutritional information on food and beverage packaging, alcoholic drinks are exempt. Choice wants that to change.
“It doesn’t make sense that there’s one rule for a can of Coke and another for a premix can of Coke and whiskey,” spokeswoman Katinka Day said.
A LiveLighter review of kilojoules contained in alcoholic beverages revealed just how much of a punch some drinks deliver to the waistline.
Whiskey and cola premix cans contain 1069kj, twice the kilojoules of an average 150ml glass of red wine, while opting for a glass of sparkling wine with 438kj over a sweet white wine may save almost 200kj.
Beers range from 390kj for 375mL for light ale (2.5 per cent), 572kj for a full strength lager (5 per cent alcohol) to 845kj for a stout (6 per cent). However beer giants Lion and Carlton & United both voluntarily label nutritional information for beer products.
The daily energy requirement (or kilojoules) for sedentary adults range from 7600kj to 8400kj for females to 9100kj to 10300kj for males.
Ms Day said without labelling consumers couldn’t make direct comparisons on the energy they were consuming in their alcoholic drinks.
Alcoholic Beverages Australia executive director Fergus Taylor said customers knew they could drink moderately as part of a healthy diet.
A spokesman for Lion, which displays nutritional information for beer but not cider, said the most important information was alcohol content.
Early next year public consultation will begin on mandated energy labelling of alcoholic beverages.