Apple cider falls is a refreshing and healthy drink. The hard version of apple cider refers to an alcoholic beverage and has around 5% alcohol. It is normally consumed straight from the bottle or can be poured into a glass over ice. During winter holidays, consumption of apple cider increases.

Apple cider is a semi-dry drink with (obviously) a strong apple flavor. Cider, as many refer to it as, contains a lot of carbs, so it isn’t the best option for those looking to lose weight. This drink is commonly compared to red wine, which has many of the same properties as cider but with more calories and less antioxidants. Clinical studies have shown that cider has a high level of antioxidants, which can prevent various heart and cardiovascular diseases. Eight ounces of cider provide you with the same amount of antioxidants as an entire glass of red wine.

Apple Cider Calories

The calorie content of apple cider varies between producers. It depends on the type of apples used and whether it contains alcohol. Hard apple cider has around 144 calories in a 12 Oz amount. Regular apple cider contains less calories, coming in around 110 to 120 calories in the same 12 ounce quantity. Another form of apple cider known as the Crispin light has only 100 calories in the 12 ounces and only 8 grams of carbs.

Compared to red wine, which has 128 calories and 3 grams of carbs in 6 ounces, apple cider makes for a better alternative. Dessert wine contains a whopping 540 calories and 42 grams of carbs in a 12 ounce serving.

If you are calorie-conscious and want to avoid alcohol, regular apple cider is a perfect drink for you. In addition to a great tasting and low calorie beverage, cider contains a significant amount of phenols, compounds that may have some anti-oxidant properties, providing up to 2500 mg/l. This phenol count is comparative to red wine, which has approximately the same amount and significantly more than apple juice’s measly 25 mg/l.

According to Brewing Research International, cider has all the benefits of the red wine and is absorbed into the blood at a faster rate. Drinking cider provides the benefits of apples into a fast-absorbing and tasty drink.