Answers to Common Nutrition Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about nutrition.

What are liquid calories, and where are they found?

Dr. Allen discusses liquid calories. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Liquid calories are calories found in things we drink, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ weight management program (USDVA).

If you’re trying to lose or manage your weight, it’s important to remember that eating calories is a better choice than drinking them, according to the USDVA.

Some types of drinks with liquid calories include:

  • alcohol
  • coffee with sugar
  • fruit drinks
  • lemonade
  • milkshakes
  • punch
  • sports drinks
  • sugary sodas
  • sweet tea

Instead, try drinking more water, unsweetened tea, juice with no sugar added, and low-calorie drinks.

Talk to your doctor for more information about liquid calories.

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Source: Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Joyce Tebbe, ACNP, Covington Family Care; Stephen Liptak, PsyD, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Paul Jennewine, MD, Middletown Medical Group; Kimberly Bethel, Trotwood Physician Center; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; C. Joe Northup, MD, Premier Weight Loss Solutions; Faisal Khatri, MD, Premier Family Care of Mason