There is a common misconception that wine, spirits and even beer, for example, contain no kilojoules and that this is reserved solely for food. Sadly, this is not the case.

So you may see a lot of people who will eat sparingly, but consume glassfuls of wine and spirits (and even beer) and wonder why they’re not losing weight.

Here are a few examples of wines vs. spirits in the kilojoules department:

  • 225ml glass of white wine = 659 kilojoules
  • 225ml glass of red wine = 641 kilojoules
  • 225ml glass of full strength beer = 341 kilojoules
  • 225ml glass of vodka (30ml tot) and soda = 266 kilojoules
  • 225ml glass of gin (30ml) and tonic = 545 kilojoules

Two large glasses (450ml) of white wine (1 318 kJ) are equivalent to:

  • Five chocolate chip biscuits – 1245 kJ
  • Seven jelly snakes – 1 292 kJ
  • Four medium apples – 1 354 kJ
  • Twelve squares of milk chocolate – 1 350 kJ
  • Five large, hard boiled eggs – 1 283 kJ
  • Seven chicken nuggets – 1 353 kJ
  • One toasted ham and cheese sandwich – 1 244 kJ

225ml glass of soda water = 0 kJ

225ml glass of water = 0 kJ

Although it’s doubtful that anyone would want to spend the rest of their weight conscious lives calculating kilojoule content per gram of lettuce or dollop of mayonnaise (lots!), hopefully these comparisons should give one pause when embarking on a liquid diet in the hopes of staving off the pounds from eating.

What we would suggest is rather chug-a-lug soda or spring water with your next packet of jelly snakes.  Even better if you’re trying to shed weight is to keep your water glass or water bottle replenished and make frequent trips to the water cooler station throughout the day.