Have you ever wondered why does beer not have nutrition facts? I know I have. I mean, everything on the shelf has nutritional information nowadays, right? Well, apparently not! Beer is often made from special kinds of malted grains, water, yeast and hops. No nutrition facts are no surprise because beer has no nutritional value. That being said though, beer is not ALL that bad. So let’s talk about why beer does not have nutrition facts first, then let’s chat about the fun nutritional stuff!
A Quick Note on Beer Calories
If you’re counting calories, just know that most beers have a good amount in them…especially since they are essentially “empty calories” (or calories that provide no nutritional value). The average beer has about 100-200 calories per 12 oz serving (5%). Grapefruit IPA and some stouts can get up to 300 calories for a 16 oz pint. Moderate drinkers can expect to take in around 400-500 calories in a day.
What is Beer and How is it Made?
Beer is a fermented beverage that can range from a clear, light lager to a dark, heavily hopped ale. Alcoholic beverages, whether wine or beer, have been brewed for thousands of years.
In order to make beer from the grain malt, barley cereal grains are heated in water and allowed to germinate. The malt is then dried and ground up. Hops are often added to give the beer its bitterness and flavor. In some cases hops may be heated to release more flavor before being added to the malt mixture during processing.
The process of making beer involves two main steps: mashing and boiling. Mashing is a fairly complicated process that converts the grain’s starch into sugars by soaking it in hot water. Boiling then occurs, which creates fermentable liquid for yeast to begin the second step of making beer.
So Is There Nutrition in Beer?
Ultimately, as a fermented liquid made from cereal grains and hops, beer is not naturally nutritious or calorie-dense by itself. It has no protein, carbohydrates or fat. Because of this, it can fall into one of three nutritional categories: non-nutritious, low calorie or high calorie.
Non-nutritious beer is typically lower in alcohol content and may be flavored with additives like lemon juice. Low-calorie beer has fewer calories than regular beer but still contains an average of 100 to 150 calories per 12 ounce serving. High-calorie beers have the same amount of calories as regular beer and some higher-alcohol varieties may even exceed 250 calories per serving.
On average, a 12 ounce (335.2 mL) bottle of lager contains 145 kcal and 0 g carbohydrates — however, it also contains more alcohol than other beers on average at 5% ABV (alcohol by volume).
Beer is often used in low-calorie cooking, since it helps to tenderize meats and also provides a flavor boost. It can be used in place of water or milk in many recipes for breads, muffins, pancakes and cakes to add moisture while reducing calories.
So at the end of the day…this is why beer does not have nutritional facts…
Beer has no nutrition facts because it is made from malt, yeast and hops. It does not contain any protein, fat or carbohydrates when consumed by itself. Beer can be considered to have non-nutritious calories (less than 150), low calorie calories (150) or high calorie calories (>150). Non-nutritious beers are typically lower in alcohol content with additives like lemon juice added for flavor while low calorie beer contains 100 to 150 calories per serving. High calorie beers also contain the same amount of cals as regular beer but may even exceed 250 calores if they’re higher in alcohol content. Ultimately though, beer should only count towards one’s daily caloric intake if they drink more than two servings a day–even then its nutritional value is low.