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Absinthe nutrition, glycemic index, calories, net carbs & more

Alcoholic beverage, distilled, all (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey) 100 proof
*all the values are displayed for the amount of 100 grams
Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan by Victoria Mazmanyan | Last updated on March 07, 2021
Education: General Medicine at YSMU


Absinthe is high in calories but very low in nutrients, containing no carbohydrates, fats, or proteins.

Excessive but not moderate absinthe consumption can lead to weight gain.

Despite the misbeliefs, absinthe drinks sold today can be safely consumed if used responsibly and within limits.


Absinthe, also known as The Green Fairy, is a highly alcoholic, distilled drink made from various herbs, mainly grande wormwood, green anise, and sweet fennel. This drink has a long and curious history, filled with mysteries. To better understand absinthe, we will look into what nutritional compounds can be found in it and how it fits in different diets.


Naturally, depending on the level of alcohol and added ingredients, absinthe’s nutritional values can vary. 

The nutritional facts below are presented for a distilled, 100 proof alcoholic beverage.

Macronutrients and Calories

Absinthe can be bottled at different alcohol percentages and distilled with water before drinking. The drink we are discussing contains 57.5% water and 42.5% ethyl alcohol.

One serving size of an absinthe drink equals 1 fluid ounce or 27.8 grams.

Macronutrients chart

57% 43%
Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 50 g
Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 65 g
Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 300 g
Daily Value: 3%
57.5 g of 2,000 g
42.5 g


Even though absinthe is low in nutrients, 100g of an absinthe drink contains 295 calories. However, absinthe is not usually consumed in such large quantities. One serving size of absinthe contains 82 calories.

The reason for such a high caloric value in a beverage so low in macronutrients is ethanol. Ethanol can be utilized as a fuel in the liver, much in the same way as fats and carbohydrates.

Protein and Fats

Absinthe completely lacks both proteins and fats.


Absinthe contains no carbohydrates unless it has been bottled with added sugars.

Absinthe drinks with added sugars are usually sold as absinthe-liqueur.


Absinthe contains very low levels of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, and vitamin B6. It completely lacks the rest of the vitamins.


An absinthe drink contains some levels of magnesium, copper, zinc, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.

Absinthe is absent in selenium, magnesium, and calcium.

Mineral chart - relative view

0.018 mg
TOP 79%
0.021 mg
TOP 92%
0.04 mg
TOP 95%
0.04 mg
TOP 95%
4 mg
TOP 96%
1 mg
TOP 98%
2 mg
TOP 98%
0 µg
TOP 100%
0 mg
TOP 100%
0 mg
TOP 100%

Comparison with Other Foods

The question of which drink to order often comes up on a night out. To get a better idea of how absinthe compares with some other popular alcoholic drinks, let’s look at the comparisons of their nutritional values.

Absinthe vs. Vodka

Absinthe and vodka, both distilled alcoholic beverages, have similar nutritional compositions. However, absinthe is higher in calories, as well as most vitamins and minerals.

For a more detailed comparison of these two beverages, you can look at our “Absinthe vs. Vodka” page -

Absinthe vs. Whisky

The nutritional content of absinthe is not so different from that of whisky either. That being said, absinthe contains more calories when compared to whisky. Absinthe is also higher in most minerals, including sodium.

To further look into the nutritional differences of these two drinks, you can visit our “Absinthe vs. Whisky” page -

Weight Loss & Diets

Absinthe, like most other alcoholic drinks, is a high-calorie beverage. Even though it can be used during low-fat and low-carb diets, it is not a good fit for a low-calorie diet.

Alcohol contains what is commonly referred to as “empty calories,” meaning it provides a moderate-to-high level of calories, with very few or no nutrients.

Overall, various studies have shown that excessive alcohol consumption leads to an increased risk of weight gain and development of obesity, while light to moderate alcohol intake is not associated with weight gain (1).

Keto As a keto diet does not have limitations on ethanol consumption, containing no carbohydrates, absinthe can be used during this diet.
DASH Even though absinthe is very low in sodium, the DASH diet limits alcohol consumption to 2 drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women (2). Alcohol consumption has been positively correlated with an increased risk of hypertension (3).
Atkins Alcohol consumption is not encouraged for the first two weeks during the Induction phase. After this period, alcohol consumption is acceptable in moderation (4).
Mediterranean The Mediterranean diet includes daily moderate alcohol consumption (5).
Paleo Conversations about Paleo and alcohol are still inconclusive. Most sources advise avoiding alcohol during this diet (6).
Vegan/ Vegetarian/ Pescetarian As absinthe is made from herbs, it naturally fits into all three diets.
Dukan Alcohol consumption is not allowed during the first two phases of this diet, Attack and Cruise. Afterward, it is strongly advised to keep alcohol intake levels within limits (7).
Intermittent Fasting Like most other foods and beverages, you should refrain from alcohol during fasting periods but consume it in moderation during eating periods.
Low Fat & Low Calorie Absinthe contains no fats. At the same time, it does not fit into a low-calorie diet.
Low Carb

Absinthe spirits do not contain carbohydrates; therefore, they can be used during this diet. 

However, absinthe can be sold with added sugar and called absinthe-liqueur, which should be avoided.

Anti Inflammatory Moderate alcohol consumption has been researched to be associated with a lower level of inflammation. However, heavy drinking escalates the inflammation process (8). 
BRAT Alcohol should be avoided on a BRAT diet (9).

Daily Values

A one hundred gram serving of absinthe, equal to about four serving sizes of this drink, can make up 11% of the necessary daily value intake of calories.

The same amount of absinthe also provides 1% of the daily value of phosphorus. 

Absinthe does not provide a significant level of other macronutrients, minerals, or vitamins, being deficient in most nutrients.

Glycemic Index

An absinthe drink with no added sugars contains no carbohydrates, and therefore, has a glycemic index equal to 0.


The potential renal acid load demonstrates how much acid or base the given food or beverage produces inside the organism.

Based on the PRAL value, the acidity of absinthe has been calculated to be 0.1, making it slightly acid-forming.

Toxic Compounds

For a long time, absinthe has been considered to have toxic properties. These properties are potentially due to a neurotoxic terpenoid compound called thujone (10). Thujyl alcohol is found in the essential oils of wormwood - one of the main ingredients of absinthe.

Thujone, in high doses, can cause convulsions resembling epilepsy (11). This same compound was responsible for the false belief that absinthe had hallucinogenic properties.

However, available versions of absinthe today contain such a low level of thujone content that it does not pose a threat to health.


Absinthe originally gets its natural green coloring from herbs. However, this chlorophyll then can quickly turn into a light yellow color, especially when exposed to sunlight. Because of this, many green absinthe drinks today are artificially colored.

The most common artificial dyes used for absinthe are mixtures of tartrazine (E102), patent blue V (E131), and brilliant blue FCF (E133) (12).


  6. Diet Review: Paleo Diet for Weight Loss
  7. Dukan Diet Update: Can You Drink Alcohol on the Dukan Diet
Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: March 07, 2021

Important nutritional characteristics for Absinthe

Glycemic index ⓘ Source:
The food is assumed to have 0 or no glycemic index bason on the fact that it has no carbs and that foods with 0 carbs have no glycemic index
Check out our Glycemic index chart page for the full list.
0 (low)
Insulin index ⓘ
Net Carbs ⓘ Net Carbs = Total Carbohydrates – Fiber – Sugar Alcohols
0 grams
Serving Size ⓘ Serving sizes are taken from FDA's Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs)
1 fl oz (27.8 grams)
Acidity (Based on PRAL) ⓘ PRAL (Potential renal acid load) is calculated using a formula. On the PRAL scale the higher the positive value, the more is the acidifying effect on the body. The lower the negative value, the higher the alkalinity of the food. 0 is neutral.
0.1 (acidic)
70% Calories
64% Alcohol
25% Net carbs
21% Manganese
8% Copper
Explanation: The given food contains more Calories than 70% of foods. Note that this food itself is richer in Calories than it is in any other nutrient. Similarly, it is relatively rich in Alcohol, Net carbs, Manganese, and Copper.

Absinthe Glycemic index (GI)

The food is assumed to have 0 or no glycemic index bason on the fact that it has no carbs and that foods with 0 carbs have no glycemic index
Check out our Glycemic index chart page for the full list.

Mineral coverage chart

Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium Choline 0% 2% 0% 2% 1% 1% 2% 7% 3% 0% 0%
Calcium: 0 mg of 1,000 mg 0%
Iron: 0.04 mg of 8 mg 1%
Magnesium: 0 mg of 420 mg 0%
Phosphorus: 4 mg of 700 mg 1%
Potassium: 2 mg of 3,400 mg 0%
Sodium: 1 mg of 2,300 mg 0%
Zinc: 0.04 mg of 11 mg 0%
Copper: 0.021 mg of 1 mg 2%
Manganese: 0.018 mg of 2 mg 1%
Selenium: 0 µg of 55 µg 0%
Choline: 0 mg of 550 mg 0%

Vitamin coverage chart

Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 2% 1% 1% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin A: 0 IU of 5,000 IU 0%
Vitamin E : 0 mg of 15 mg 0%
Vitamin D: 0 µg of 10 µg 0%
Vitamin C: 0 mg of 90 mg 0%
Vitamin B1: 0.006 mg of 1 mg 1%
Vitamin B2: 0.004 mg of 1 mg 0%
Vitamin B3: 0.013 mg of 16 mg 0%
Vitamin B5: 0 mg of 5 mg 0%
Vitamin B6: 0.001 mg of 1 mg 0%
Folate: 0 µg of 400 µg 0%
Vitamin B12: 0 µg of 2 µg 0%
Vitamin K: 0 µg of 120 µg 0%

Vitamin chart - relative view

Vitamin B1
0.006 mg
TOP 95%
Vitamin B2
0.004 mg
TOP 96%
Vitamin B6
0.001 mg
TOP 96%
Vitamin B3
0.013 mg
TOP 96%
Vitamin B12
0 µg
TOP 100%
0 µg
TOP 100%
Vitamin B5
0 mg
TOP 100%
Vitamin C
0 mg
TOP 100%
Vitamin A
0 IU
TOP 100%

All nutrients for Absinthe per 100g

Nutrient Value DV% In TOP % of foods Comparison
Calories 295kcal 15% 30% 6.3 times more than OrangeOrange
Protein 0g 0% 100% N/ABroccoli
Fats 0g 0% 100% N/ACheese
Vitamin C 0mg 0% 100% N/ALemon
Net carbs 0g N/A 75% N/AChocolate
Carbs 0g 0% 100% N/ARice
Cholesterol 0mg 0% 100% N/AEgg
Iron 0.04mg 1% 95% 65 times less than BeefBeef
Calcium 0mg 0% 100% N/AMilk
Potassium 2mg 0% 98% 73.5 times less than CucumberCucumber
Magnesium 0mg 0% 100% N/AAlmond
Fiber 0g 0% 100% N/AOrange
Copper 0.02mg 2% 92% 6.8 times less than ShiitakeShiitake
Zinc 0.04mg 0% 95% 157.8 times less than BeefBeef
Phosphorus 4mg 1% 96% 45.5 times less than Chicken meatChicken meat
Sodium 1mg 0% 98% 490 times less than White BreadWhite Bread
Vitamin A 0IU 0% 100% N/ACarrot
Vitamin B1 0.01mg 1% 95% 44.3 times less than PeaPea
Vitamin B2 0mg 0% 96% 32.5 times less than AvocadoAvocado
Vitamin B3 0.01mg 0% 96% 736.4 times less than Turkey meatTurkey meat
Vitamin B5 0mg 0% 100% N/ASunflower seed
Vitamin B6 0mg 0% 96% 119 times less than OatOat
Vitamin B12 0µg 0% 100% N/APork
Folate 0µg 0% 100% N/ABrussels sprout
Trans Fat 0g N/A 100% N/AMargarine
Saturated Fat 0g 0% 100% N/ABeef
Monounsaturated Fat 0g N/A 100% N/AAvocado
Polyunsaturated fat 0g N/A 100% N/AWalnut
Tryptophan 0mg 0% 100% N/AChicken meat
Threonine 0mg 0% 100% N/ABeef
Isoleucine 0mg 0% 100% N/ASalmon
Leucine 0mg 0% 100% N/ATuna
Lysine 0mg 0% 100% N/ATofu
Methionine 0mg 0% 100% N/AQuinoa
Phenylalanine 0mg 0% 100% N/AEgg
Valine 0mg 0% 100% N/ASoybean raw
Histidine 0mg 0% 100% N/ATurkey meat
Omega-3 - EPA 0g N/A 100% N/ASalmon
Omega-3 - DHA 0g N/A 100% N/ASalmon
Omega-3 - DPA 0g N/A 100% N/ASalmon

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Nutrition Facts
___servings per container
Serving Size ______________
Amount Per 100g
Calories 295
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 1mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Total Sugars g
Includes ? g Added Sugars
Protein 0g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%

Calcium 0mg 0%

Iron 0mg 0%

Potassium 2mg 0%

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Health checks

Low in Cholesterol
 ⓘ Dietary cholesterol is not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease in healthy individuals. However, dietary cholesterol is common in foods that are high in harmful saturated fats.
No Trans Fats
 ⓘ Trans fat consumption increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality by negatively affecting blood lipid levels.
Low in Saturated Fats
 ⓘ Saturated fat intake can raise total cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels, leading to an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Dietary guidelines recommend limiting saturated fats to under 10% of calories a day.
Low in Sodium
 ⓘ Increased sodium consumption leads to elevated blood pressure.
Low in Sugars
 ⓘ While the consumption of moderate amounts of added sugars is not detrimental to health, an excessive intake can increase the risk of obesity, and therefore, diabetes.

Absinthe nutrition infographic

Absinthe nutrition infographic
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The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article and glycemic index text the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.


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