Information on Tonic Water
Tonic water is also sometimes referred to as Indian tonic water. It is a carbonated soft drink which is flavored by quinine. It can be characterized by a bitter taste which comes from its quinine content. Bitter flavoring is supposed to avail certain medicinal effects from the tonic water. The first purpose of adding quinine to tonic water was the prevention of malaria because tonic water was meant to be sold in the tropical areas of Africa and South Asia. Malaria is endemic in those regions. Gin and tonic is a popular drink nowadays. It originates from India but it is now popular everywhere around the world.
Tonic Water Ingredients
Tonic water was first meant to be used for numerous
medicinal purposes. It contained only carbonated water with the addition of
large amounts of quinine. Nowadays, the amounts of quinine are much lower because
it is added to the water simply to provide it with its characteristic flavor.
Tonic water is less bitter nowadays and during the production it gets sweetened
by sugar or corn syrup. There are certain types of diet tonic water but they
commonly contain artificial sweeteners.
The FDA allows 83 parts of quinine per million which comes to 83 milligrams per liter. It is equal to half of the concentration of quinine commonly used for the production of therapeutic tonic. 16 fluid ounces of carbonated tonic water contain 166 calories, 0.005 miligrams of manganese, 42.94 grams of total sugars, 0.029 milligrams of copper, 0.49 grams of ash, 0.49 milligrams of zinc, 42.94 grams of carbohydrates, 59 milligrams of sodium, 5 milligrams of calcium and 0.05 milligrams of iron. Carbonated tonic water does not contain any dietary fiber, selenium, protein, potassium, fat, phosphorus or magnesium.
Calories in Tonic Water and Vodka
Each fluid ounce of carbonated tonic water contains 10
calories while each fluid ounce of vodka contains 64 calories. One and a half
fluid ounces of jigger contain somewhere around 95 calories. Flavored types of
vodka usually contain even more calories. Cocktails commonly contain juices and
liqueurs which add even more calories to the bill. Screwdriver contains 6
ounces of orange juice and 84 calories. A shot of vodka with cranberry juice
may contain up to 140 calories.
Tonic and gin is actually among the lowest calorie alcoholic drinks. Quinine from the tonic water may provide a relief for all those who suffer from night cramps.