January 19, 2019
Wellness Tip

Beware Tonic Water with Sugar

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you drink regular tonic water, be aware that this carbonated cocktail mixer has almost as much sugar as soda: 32 grams (8 teaspoons) and 130 calories per 12-ounce can (compared to 39 grams in a cola, for instance). Quinine, derived from the bark of the chinchona tree, gives tonic water its bitter flavor, but you may notice the beverage’s (often cloying) sweetness. A zero-calorie alternative is seltzer or club soda—or else diet tonic water.

By the way, quinine used to be given at much higher doses to treat malaria. The dose in a glass or two of tonic water is rarely a problem, but some reports have linked it to a drop in platelet count (thrombocytopenia).

Also see Alcohol in Cocktails.