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Beer vs Whisky - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Beer and Whisky

    Food varieties used in this article are Alcoholic beverage, beer, regular, all and Alcoholic beverage, distilled, whiskey, 86 proof.

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    Mineral Comparison

    Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
    Beer
    4
    :
    3
    Whisky
    Contains more Calcium +∞%
    Contains more Potassium +2600%
    Contains more Magnesium +∞%
    Contains more Phosphorus +366.7%
    Contains more Copper +180%
    Contains more Zinc +100%
    Contains less Sodium -100%
    Equal in Iron - 0.02
    Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 1% 2% 3% 5% 2% 1% 6% 1%
    Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 1% 0% 1% 0% 5% 1% 2% 0%
    Contains more Calcium +∞%
    Contains more Potassium +2600%
    Contains more Magnesium +∞%
    Contains more Phosphorus +366.7%
    Contains more Copper +180%
    Contains more Zinc +100%
    Contains less Sodium -100%
    Equal in Iron - 0.02

    Vitamin Comparison

    Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
    Beer
    9
    :
    1
    Whisky
    Contains more Vitamin B2 +2400%
    Contains more Vitamin B3 +926%
    Contains more Vitamin B5 +∞%
    Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
    Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
    Contains more Folate +∞%
    Contains more Vitamin B1 +60%
    Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 2% 6% 10% 3% 11% 3% 0% 5%
    Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 2% 1% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
    Contains more Vitamin B2 +2400%
    Contains more Vitamin B3 +926%
    Contains more Vitamin B5 +∞%
    Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
    Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
    Contains more Folate +∞%
    Contains more Vitamin B1 +60%

    Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

    The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
    Vitamin Summary Score
    3
    Beer
    0
    Whisky
    Mineral Summary Score
    2
    Beer
    1
    Whisky

    Macronutrients Comparison

    Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
    Protein
    3%
    Beer
    0%
    Whisky
    Carbohydrates
    4%
    Beer
    0%
    Whisky
    Fats
    0%
    Beer
    0%
    Whisky

    Comparison summary table

    Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
    Beer Whisky
    Lower in Sodium ok
    Lower in glycemic index ok
    Lower in Sugar ok
    Rich in minerals ok
    Rich in vitamins ok
    Lower in Cholesterol Equal
    Lower in Saturated Fat Equal
    Lower in price Equal

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    Beer Whisky
    Low Calories diet ok
    Low Fats diet Equal
    Low Carbs diet ok
    Low glycemic index diet ok

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    Comparison summary

    Which food contains less Sodium?
    Whisky
    Whisky contains less Sodium (difference - 4mg)
    Which food is lower in glycemic index?
    Whisky
    Whisky is lower in glycemic index (difference - 66)
    Which food is lower in Sugar?
    Beer
    Beer is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.1g)
    Which food is richer in minerals?
    Beer
    Beer is relatively richer in minerals
    Which food is richer in vitamins?
    Beer
    Beer is relatively richer in vitamins
    Which food contains less Cholesterol?
    ?
    The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
    Which food contains less Saturated Fat?
    ?
    The foods are relatively equal in Saturated Fat (0 g)
    Which food is cheaper?
    ?
    The foods are relatively equal in price ($)

    All nutrients comparison - raw data values

    Nutrient Beer Whisky Opinion
    Calories 43 250 Whisky
    Protein 0.46 0 Beer
    Fats 0 0
    Vitamin C 0 0
    Carbs 3.55 0.1 Beer
    Cholesterol 0 0
    Vitamin D 0 Beer
    Iron 0.02 0.02
    Calcium 4 0 Beer
    Potassium 27 1 Beer
    Magnesium 6 0 Beer
    Sugar 0 0.1 Beer
    Fiber 0 0
    Copper 0.005 0.014 Whisky
    Zinc 0.01 0.02 Whisky
    Starch 0 Beer
    Phosphorus 14 3 Beer
    Sodium 4 0 Whisky
    Vitamin A 0 0
    Vitamin E 0 Beer
    Vitamin D 0 Beer
    Vitamin B1 0.005 0.008 Whisky
    Vitamin B2 0.025 0.001 Beer
    Vitamin B3 0.513 0.05 Beer
    Vitamin B5 0.041 0 Beer
    Vitamin B6 0.046 0 Beer
    Vitamin B12 0.02 0 Beer
    Vitamin K 0 Beer
    Folate 6 0 Beer
    Trans Fat 0 0
    Saturated Fat 0 0
    Monounsaturated Fat 0 0
    Polyunsaturated fat 0 0
    Tryptophan 0 Beer
    Threonine 0 Beer
    Isoleucine 0 Beer
    Leucine 0 Beer
    Lysine 0 Beer
    Methionine 0 Beer
    Phenylalanine 0 Beer
    Valine 0 Beer
    Histidine 0 Beer
    Fructose 0 Beer

    References

    The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

    1. Beer - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168746/nutrients
    2. Whisky - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174819/nutrients

    All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

    Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.