A tip of the glass to Livestrong.com which recently sent along some information to make St. Patrick’s Day (and March Madness, and spring training, and pretty much any occasion) a little more fun for dieters: which beer is best if you are concerned with calories?
Most of the calories in beer come from the alcohol and the residual sugars that remain after fermentation, but many major domestic and imported beer manufactures have low-calorie and low-carb options. And since this is all about fitness, remember to choose a designated driver before you have that beer: low-cal or not.
So here it is, with the permission (and blessings) of the great folks at Livestrong.com we’re naming names. (And btw, if you’re looking to stock up on light beers and you live in San Jose, BevMo seems to have a selection that includes all these on the list. If you know of anothers, add them in the comments section).
The Healthiest Beer for Dieters (from major brewing companies)
Michelob Ultra was the first marketed low-carb beer. The original Ultra has 2.6g carbs and 96 calories and the Amber Ultra has 3.2g carbs. You can also get a variety of Ultra flavors, however, these beers are higher in carbohydrates because they have more sugar.
- MillerCoors Brewing
The best options from MillerCoors are Miller Lite, MGD 64, Coors Light, and Keystone Light. Miller Lite is 110 calories and 7g carbohydrates per 12 oz. serving. For lower numbers, MGD 64 has only 64 calories and 2.4g carbohydrates. Coors Light is 102 calories and 5.3g carbohydrates and per 12 oz. serving, while Keystone Light is 103 calories and 5 g carbohydrates.
- Anheuser Busch
Budweiser, produced by Anheuser Busch in St. Louis, Missouri, has two products on the market — Budweiser Select and Budweiser Select 55. Budweiser Select has 99 calories and 3.1g carbohydrates. Although Budweiser Select 55 offers fewer carbs and calories — 1.9g and 55 calories, you also only get a beer with a 2.4 percent alcohol content. Also by Anheuser Busch is Busch Light with 95 calories and 3.2g carbohydrates.
- Imported Beers
If you prefer imported beers, you may want to try Amstel Light or Corona Light. Amstel Light has 5g carbohydrates and 95 calories, 35 percent fewer calories than the regular lager. Corona Light contains 5g carbohydrates.