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Drinks Comparison | Hard seltzer vs Beer vs Wine

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Drinks Comparison | Hard seltzer vs Beer vs Wine

Just the sound of cracking open a refreshing beverage after a long day at work can push any stressful thoughts aside for a while. But it’s the can’s content that's gonna make you happy… and may keep you healthy too. You choose!

We all have friends who are major beer lovers. Many of you are probably big fans of craft beer, too.

The US beer industry sold 203.1 million barrels of beer in 2019, while in Europe, there are 10154 registered breweries. 

I’m sure you’re not surprised at all with these figures. Beer is one of the oldest, most popular and widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the world. In fact, it comes third in popularity after water and tea.

But did you know that beer has a lot of gluten in it? If you’ve ever wondered why you got a bloated belly or a thick, heavy feeling after drinking beer - well, that’s the reason why!

More and more people today tend toward a healthier lifestyle and habits. They follow a healthier diet, do more physical activities and try to control their body weight.

The alcoholic drinks industry has already realised the changing needs of modern consumers. That’s why a new, low-calorie, low-ABV, yet refreshing and tasteful drink came down the pike to take the alcoholic beverage market by storm: Hard seltzers!

Is hard seltzer healthier than beer?

Let’s start with beer. 

This beloved alcoholic drink is made by brewing and fermenting cereal grains, yeast, hops, spices and additional CO2 for some extra fizz. A regular can of beer contains about five per cent of alcohol, but the figure can range from 0.5% to 67.5% depending on the type and brand.

Apart from some minerals and vitamins, beer doesn’t have any nutritional value.

On the contrary, it can spike blood sugar, stress the liver and pancreas and impede your weight loss efforts if consumed in excess.

And when it comes to the calorie count... beer is the king of carbs and calories! 

Dark beer has between 100-300 calories, a blonde one around 100 calories, while vintage sweet cider has more or less 580 calories.

And now let’s talk about hard seltzers and why they’re much healthier than beers.

Hard seltzers can be brewed similar to craft beers, but without any gluten ingredients or unfermented complex sugars used during the brewing process. Alternatively they can be made using distilled spirits and means hard seltzers have a rock-bottom calorie count!

For those of you who are on a keto or low-carb diet, but still want to have some alcohol on a Friday night, hard seltzer is the perfect drink for you! A regular can of hard seltzer has only two grams of carbs. 

Are you on a gluten-free diet? Most hard seltzers don’t contain gluten. If you have celiac disease though, make sure to ask your server or check the label on the drink, because not all brands are 100% gluten-free.

The exact count of calories and carbs for hard seltzers varies from brand to brand. Do your research and choose the brand that best suits your needs. 

For example, Served® Hard Seltzers contain 23 calories, zero grams of sugar, and zero grams of carbs per 100ml.

Is hard seltzer more hydrating than beer?

A hard seltzer can be as hydrating as water. And definitely more hydrating than beer.

Let’s break that down. The main ingredients of a hard seltzer are sparkling water and alcohol. 

Sparkling water hydrates our body as much as still water and helps increase our daily water intake. Healthline argues that its fizziness can further boost hydration levels, too.

When it comes to alcohol, most people believe that it tends to dehydrate our body because it increases urination. 

But, according to molecular biologist Patrick Schmitt, that’s not true. His research proved that alcohol consumption doesn’t lead to dehydration. Even though there’s increased fluid excretion after drinking alcoholic drinks, the “body doesn’t lose significant amounts of water.” Keep in mind, though, that this depends on the alcohol level of the drink, too.

So, we can safely say that mixing sparkling water with a dash of alcohol helps keep your fluid levels up.

But what about beer? Even if you enjoy drinking a cold beer - especially on a hot day - and feel instantly hydrated, the truth is that you’ll soon urinate more water than was contained in your drink. And this excess water comes from muscle cells or other stores within your body.


Hard Seltzer vs. Wine: Is hard seltzer healthier than wine?

It’s a matter of fact that canned hard seltzers have been striking out the wine industry over the last three years or so.

A standard, five-ounce glass of wine falls between 10-15% ABV, which is over twice the alcohol amount found in a standard hard seltzer. 

There are only a few wines with fewer ABV, such as moscatos; but many people find them very sweet and bubbly. The same goes for wine coolers which are also often considered too sweet and contain lots of sugar.

Apart from less alcohol, hard seltzers come with lower calories, carbs and sugar in comparison to wine. That’s why they’re healthier than a glass of wine.

Most alcoholic seltzers have 90 to 100 calories per 12-ounce can, while a standard glass of wine has a minimum of 120 per five-ounce. 

Wine contains anywhere from one to seven grams of sugar and an average of four grams of carbs. In contrast, the average hard seltzer might have up to two grams of sugar and an equal number of carbs. There are even hard seltzer brands like Served® that don’t contain neither sugars, nor carbs! 

For consumers who have an intolerance to sulfites (an ingredient found in wines to maintain their flavour and freshness), a can of hard seltzer is a great alternative!

The bottom line

Hard seltzers are available everywhere, from bars and restaurants to the shelves of the biggest supermarket chains.

They’ve taken the alcoholic beverage industry by storm because they’re much healthier, with less calories, sugars and carbs than any other alcoholic drink, including beer and wine.

They’re light, fresh, pure, fun and flavourful. Many even call them the powerhouse of the alcoholic beverage market!

If you want a UK-made hard seltzer that contains zero sugars and carbs, has no artificial ingredients in it and is totally gluten-free, ServedⓇ has the right drinks for you!

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