Diabetes & Beer: The Nutrition Information Revealed

beer and pretzelsDoes beer have carbohydrate? How much carbohydrate is in a can of beer? How many calories are in a can of beer? Do all types of beer have the same carbohydrate content? As a diabetes educator these are the types of questions I’m asked on a daily basis — especially during the hot summer months. For people with diabetes it’s important to evaluate the calorie and carbohydrate content of all beverages and foods consumed. But finding the nutrition information for beer is not always easy. That is, until now.

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This month the Beer Institute introduced the Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure initiative by which member companies like Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, HeinekenUSA, Constellation Brands Beer Division and others, will voluntarily provide you with meaningful information about their products.

Through this initiative beer companies will change their labels or packaging to include calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat and alcohol by volume, by including a serving facts statement. In addition, they will provide freshness dating, and disclose ingredients via a list, a reference to a website with the information, or a QR code. You’ll no longer have to wonder about the grams of carbohydrate or calories in beer.

“The Beer Institute, and its member companies, is proud of its commitment to quality and transparency,” says Dr. Joy Dubost RD, Senior Director of Science at the Beer Institute. Dubost, a registered dietitian, is keenly aware of how important nutrition labeling is for consumers — particularly those with diabetes. “We believe including a serving facts statement, which includes calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and alcohol by volume, on all products as well as disclosing ingredients will empower consumers when they make decisions regarding the beer of their choice.”

You can expect to see this information in the marketplace immediately and many companies have committed to provide this information on all of their product labels, packaging or websites by the end of 2020.