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Only part waggery - gin versus beer

 
 
Reply Mon 13 Nov, 2006 01:43 pm
Say. I have just had a major shock. Gin has about 80 calories per ounce, give or take 30 for strength.

How/why does gin have any calories at all?

Please mix in some reality with the clever answers, OK? I really do want to know.

-Sal Embarrassed
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 13 Nov, 2006 06:54 pm
I think it's because alcohol is essentially a form of sugar. Sugar has calories.

I ask myself "gin vs beer?" almost everynight.
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patiodog
 
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Reply Mon 13 Nov, 2006 07:08 pm
If'n you want to know the nerdy ins and outs of it, the body metabolizes ethyl alcohol to acetic acid (vinegar), which is the same thing that your body breaks fats down to when it wants to use them for energy.
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SallyMander
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2006 02:10 pm
Thanks. I appreciate the responses, including the nerdy version, since there seem to be no carbs or fat involved.


"Well, m'dear," she sez to herself
pushing her gin to the back of the shelf,

"A teeny martini makes you fatter than beer.
No fat, no carbs, but stretching your garbs
--it's chemistry simple and clear.

"No wonder you're shedding a tear, m'dear.
Sapphire double has doubled your trouble
at 800 calories near."

We're loathe to discover the cause of our blubber
but the beer shall be preferable here.

Crying or Very sad
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patiodog
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2006 05:17 pm
Well, alcohol calories are offset somewhat by the metabolic cost of the liver dealing with it -- but this isn't really a good thing...
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SallyMander
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2006 08:38 pm
No--probably not good to tax one's liver needlessly, Patiodog. But at least the mystery is solved about where the calories come from--if there's no fat and no carbs. Embarrassed

There once was a liver from Liverpool.
Its owner drank hearty at grad-school.
But the scale became tipped
As the owner got ripped
And the liver weighed in to repair-the-fool.


Thanks.

Sal
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NickFun
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2006 09:59 pm
Actually, gin has NEGATIVE calories as you expend a great deal of energy staggering around trying to find your car.
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SallyMander
 
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Reply Wed 15 Nov, 2006 06:40 pm
Oh, well! If I just park my car obscurely enough, the daily double can again be mine! I like the way you think, NickFun.

Smile

-Sal

Is there life after Bombay Sapphire, a splash of vermouth, and two olives?
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 15 Nov, 2006 06:45 pm
Nick has the right answer - as usual. It's been shown by "scientists" that a few drinks a night is good for your health - calories or no. I like red wine, myself.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 15 Nov, 2006 07:02 pm
When I saw the title, I thought, "good bourbon versus a nice red wine?"
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 15 Nov, 2006 07:08 pm
Since vodka is my preferred drink over most other "hard" drinks, I though red wine, especially cabs and merlots would fit the bill.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 15 Nov, 2006 07:12 pm
Since vodka is my preferred drink over most other "hard" drinks, I though red wine, especially cabs and merlots would fit the bill.
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patiodog
 
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Reply Wed 15 Nov, 2006 07:47 pm
vodka v. slivowitz
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Wed 15 Nov, 2006 07:52 pm
Damn! There's a forum called Waggery.com???!!! First I've heard of it and it's been around for 2 1/2 years!!!???
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Builder
 
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Reply Sat 20 Oct, 2007 10:45 pm
littlek wrote:


I ask myself "gin vs beer?" almost everynight.


Same here, so I give in and have both....... :wink:
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 21 Oct, 2007 12:14 am
By golly, Osso, I'm going to go start a thread about a red wine I just found.
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Debacle
 
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Reply Fri 4 Jan, 2008 07:21 pm
Anyone got the gen as to which is preferable, ginerally speaking, Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 4 Jan, 2008 07:22 pm
Debacle wrote:
Anyone got the gen as to which is preferable, ginerally speaking, Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray?


I am a sapphire goil, meself.
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Fri 4 Jan, 2008 07:24 pm
dlowan wrote:
Debacle wrote:
Anyone got the gen as to which is preferable, ginerally speaking, Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray?


I am a sapphire goil, meself.


Me too. As I only use it for medicinal purposes, I like the botanicals :wink:
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 4 Jan, 2008 07:27 pm
Sapphire, like my eyes.

When I'm in a good mood.

And I'll be in a good mood if it's Sapphire.
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