November 9, 2006 at 10:28 am
Why don’t alcoholic drinks have nutritional information listed on the sides of their containers? Even bottled water labels have to say their contents contain 0 calories and 0 carbohydrates and 0 sodium. Which makes me wonder if bottled water companies are actually selling me anything at all since by all nutritional measuring standards there appears to be nothing in the bottle at all. Perhaps they’ve bottled a mirage and are just selling me the illusion of water?
I don’t drink often, lately out of fear of empty calories, but if I do decide to imbibe I have to go online to figure out how a can of Coors Light factors into my energy consumption for the day. I don’t really track calories, but I do like to be aware of approximately how many calories are in what I’m eating for the same reason that I like to check the price tag of an item before I bring it to the cash register. I like to know what it’s going to cost me.
But the only information I’ve seen on beer cans or wine bottles is the amount of alcohol contained inside. Why is this? I did some googling and it appears that the problem is that food is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and alcohol is regulated by the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). So the problem is bureaucracy. The National Consumers League (NCL) seemed to be trying to do something about it, but that article is from 2003 so I guess it hasn’t gone so well.
I guess I should be glad I can find this information online if not on the label, but it’s annoying and a bit late to look up nutritional information after you’ve drunk something. At least if I overpay for an item I can return it to the store.