Archive for April, 2010

Calories in Corona and Corona Light

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

corona extra bottle caloriesAs we head into warm weather season, we certainly have an eye on our waistlines, so it’s important to think about what we’re going to drink. After all, Corona and its light counterpart are definitely among the top beers drank in the summertime. Actually, Corona is the #6 selling beer in the country and one would imagine that the bulk of its sales are in the Memorial Day to Labor Day. Corona is sold by the pail in many parts of the United States, not to mention Mexico. Onto the calorie analysis:

  • Corona Extra: 148 calories, 4.6% ABV, 60.3% efficiency
  • Corona Light: 99 calories, 4.1% ABV, 80.4% efficiency
  • Coronita aka. Corona Pony: 86 calories, 4.6% ABV, 60.3% efficiency

If you’re wondering what the heck efficiency is, check out the main beer page. The conclusion is that if you’re trying to look good and stay lean, go with Corona Light. Even though it has a bit less alcohol, it’s got way less calories..

This can be most easily seen using the beer calculator. when equating the alcohol content of the two. To get the same amount of alcohol as 8 Coronas, you’d have to drink 9 Lights. Here’s the catch, 9 Lights have 295 less calories than 8 Extras, which is a pretty significant calorie savings. Obviously, the math doesn’t change much for the ponies: it’s the same brew as Corona Extra, just smaller quantity.

Enjoy your Corona Lights on the beach this summer!

If Your Drink Isn’t 100% Efficient, What’s Leftover?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I wanted to add a brief technical discussion to cover some questions that have been raised in this site’s short life.

Calories are  derived from 4 macronutrient sources: carbohydrates, fat, protein, and alcohol. By (this site’s own) definition, a drink is 100% efficient if all of it’s calories are from alcohol, ie. there’s no carbs, fat or protein. So what happens when a drink isn’t 100%? Generally, there are residual sugars, which have not been fermented for one reason or another. Someone asked if it matters what the source of the sugars is for different types of booze, eg. whiskey (corn), rum (sugar), sake(rice) grapes (wine). The answer is: not really. Whether your carbohydrate is complex, like corn, it has been partially broken down by the fermenting yeast and there’s absolutely no fiber, so it’s not like it’s going to be any healthier than the residual grape juice in wine.

As far as the other macronutrients, fat is a non-factor unless you’re ordering a Mississippi Mudslide from Fridays. If you’re reading this site, that’s an unlikely scenario. As for protein, the barley in beer contains some, and the resulting beer contains anywhere from .3 to 2 grams per 12 oz, but meatheads shouldn’t get too excited. The protein’s biological value is probably near zero.