Full Guide To Keto Alcohol
We hear “what alcohol can I drink on Keto?” To be blunt alcohol is not a weight loss supplement nor does it aid in the weight loss journey. The more alcohol you drink the slower the weight loss process because the body tends to burn alcohol before any fats or sugars.
Let me get off my soap box. There is a wide variety of drinks when talking about how many carbs they contain - some drinks are ok but others are horrible, as you can imagine. We can’t go thru all the drinks so to make it easy we’ve decided to break it down like this:
Wines is much lower in carbs than beers, most people who eat keto choose wine because of that fact. Pure spirits like whiskey and vodka contain zero carbs, but watch out for sweet drinks – they may contain massive amounts of sugar. Below is a guide that will help you understand better.
Guide: The numbers represent the grams of carbs per a serving. Keep in mind that sweet brands of wine or sparkling wine may contain more carbs, while other brands may contain a bit less.
On a keto diet you can probably have a glass of wine fairly regularly. And on a moderate low-carb diet, wine is not a problem. Please keep in mind that dry wines usually contain less than 0.5 grams of sugar per glass. Using the number 2 grams of carbs per glass of dry wine is conservative. All dry wines fit well within a keto diet. Sweet dessert wines - Moscatos, Rieslings, White Zinfandels- contain a lot more sugar.
Beer is a major problem on keto. There’s a reason people talk about “beer bellies”. There are lots of rapidly digestible carbs in beer – it’s been called liquid bread. For that reason, most beers are a disaster for weight control and should be avoided at all cost on keto. Note that the amount of carbs in beer vary depending on the brand. There are a few possible low-carb options for keto. Below we have listed a few beer that will keep you in ketosis if absolutely have to have a brew .
The numbers represent grams of carbs per drink.
When it comes to drinks, it’s pretty straightforward. Pure spirits like whiskey, brandy, cognac, vodka, tequila contain zero carbs and they are all fine on keto however, avoid sweetened drinks. Keep in mind that the popular drink Gin & tonic contains about 14 grams of sugar – a common mistake on keto. Switch to vodka, soda water and lime instead, and you’ll have zero carbs. The worst option of all is to mix alcohol with soda or juice, this will be a sugar bomb for sure.
The numbers represent grams of carbs (sugar) per bottle.
So, wine coolers…? They’re just like regular soda with alcohol in them, and should be avoided by everyone who wants to avoid drinking massive amounts of sugar.
The numbers above are the grams of carbs in one 12 oz. bottle of beer (355 ml).
There are many brands and they all are different and most contain too many carbs to remain on a keto diet. Their are a hand full of light beers that can work occasionally. Check out the brands to the left in the graphic above.
5 Keto Approved Alcoholic Drinks
On a keto diet, you can still enjoy a delicious drink or two on special occasions. Even though many alcoholic drinks contain a lot of sugar, there are still some really good keto options, with little or no sugar or other carbs. Here’s our list of the top 5 keto alcoholic drinks.
Champagne or sparkling wine (extra dry or brut) – one glass contains about 2 grams of net carbs.
Dry wine – red or white – one glass contains about 2 grams of net carbs.
“Skinny Bitch” – one long drink contains 0 grams of carbs.
Whiskey – one drink contains 0 grams of carbs.
Dry Martini – one cocktail contains 0 grams of carbs.