Alcohol You Can Drink on Keto
And You Still Can On Keto
To quote Homer Simpson, “alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems!” Luckily, alcohol doesn’t have to be a problem for your low carb, ketogenic diet. There’s enough carb free booze that you won’t miss out when you’re at the bar, at the party, or just watching Netflix at home. Not only that, but some alcohols also are also said to have nutritional benefits, so you may even be better off with some hooch in your meal plan! So, let’s crack open a bottle, pull out the ice, and pour ourselves a glass of education!
Thanks to tasteaholics we have the ultimate keto alcohol guide. Simply put: clear liquor that's 40% alcohol are safe to drink. That means vodka, tequila, gin, whisky, rum, scotch, brands, and cognac. That's a long list of booze with 0 grams of carbs! At home or at the bar, on ice or with some soda, these are the cream of the crop of keto alcohol. And while mixing your drink with diet soda can increase the potency of your drinks, don't drink diet soda! It's not good for you and you risk desensitizing your taste buds in such a way that you'll fail to properly appreciate the flavor of your drinks. Besides, since being in ketosis decreases your appetite, and drinking on an empty stomach will make your consumption potent enough!
Yes, you can drink wine while doing your low carb diet. Wow, I know! Woof. Deep sigh of relief! Before we precede, remember that we're only paying attention to net carbs, which is the total number of carbs minus however many grams of fiber or sugar alcohol are in what you're consuming (not that wine is high in fiber!). A serving of wine is 5 ounces. When it comes to red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon has 3.8 carbs, Pinot Noir has 3.4 carbs, Merlot has 3.7 carbs, and Malbec has 3 carbs. They’re all around 120 calories per serving.
Meanwhile, Pinot Grigio has 3.2 carbs, Sauvignon Blanc has 2.7 carbs, Chardonnay has 3.7 carbs, Riesling has 5.5 carbs, and champagne is 1.5 carbs. All but the champagne are about 120 calories per serving. Champagne is also different in that it has a lower alcohol content, so you might find yourself drinking more to get the same effect. Make sure to add strawberries, one a fruit you can eat while doing keto, to your bubbly to really bring out the flavor.
Believe it or not, but you can actually drink beer and remain in ketosis. This is not a joke! It’s not part of someone’s late night comedy routine. It’s no laughing matter. YOU CAN DRINK BEER AND STILL DO KETO! It’s actually a pretty long list too! Bud Select, MGD, Rolling Rock Green Light, Michelob Ultra, Bud Select, Miller Lite, Natural Lite, Michelob Ultra Amber, Coors Light, Amstel Light, and Bud Light run the gamut with Bud Select at 1.9 grams of carbs to Bud Light at 6.6 grams of carbs. If you do your keto math right you can have several 12 oz servings of a cornucopia of light beers, which, btw, would also make a great centerpiece for a Thanksgiving dinner. Literally, a cornucopia filled with bottles of beer.
Keto Friendly Cocktails
Don't worry, though, there are recipes for keto friendly cocktails. A simple Google search will reveal recipes such as low carb margaritas, low carb sangrias, low carb old fashioneds (thank you sugar free syrups!), low carb moscow mules, low carb mojitos, and even low carb hot buttered rum!
What Not To Drink
Obviously, don't drink it if it's sweet. That means no high carb sweet wines (moscato, port of sherry, dessert wines, sangria, or zinfandels), no sugary mixers (triplesec, whisky sour mix, blue curaçao, sugar syrups, grenadine, margaritas, ), no flavored alcohols, juices, syrups, wine coolers, or fruit add-ins (including those delicious black cherries that no bartender has yet to tell me where to buy myself). And, surprise, regular tonic water has a carb count of 33 grams in a 12 oz serving.
Why Not To Drink
Alcohol can be fun, delicious, and having a robust knowledge of drinks can facilitate social bonding. (Bringing the right wine to the party, ordering the right wine at dinner, and knowing your way around the wine aisle are all great ways to impress somebody.) However, there are a few reasons not to drink. When HealthLine published "Keto and Alcohol: The Best and Worst Drinks to Choose", they included a length section on why to steer clear of beer (and wine and liquor too). Consuming at least two drinks per day may cause weight gain in women in the long term, alcohol may interfere with fat burning while the added calories may end up in fat storage, and too much drinking is associated with diabetes, poor cardiovascular health, liver disorders, and even cancer. Luckily, what it means to drink moderately is an allotment of one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. Not bad, especially on an empty stomach! Phew, and here I was fearing I’d compromise my weight loss with my gin and soda.
Reasons To Drink
As reported by the Mayo Clinic, it’s long been thought that wine consumption reduced risks for heart disease and cancer thanks to moderate wine consumption. In particular, red wines, contain resveratrol, which has long been thought to lower the risk of inflammation and heart disease (resveratrol is found in the skins of grapes, and since red wines' longer fermentation period means more time with grape skins it's higher in resveratrol than white wine).
There are other positive effects of alcohol that may motivate your alcohol consumption. Forbes identified five reasons drinking whisky is healthy for you: studies have shown whisky lowers the risk of both dementia, cancer, and heart disease. In fact, a Google search for the health benefits of most alcohols will reveal fruitful results. The Independent reports the surprising health benefits of tequila, which include links to improved calcium absorption and aiding in digestion; Men's Health reported six reasons why drinking vodka is good for health, including a link to reducing risks associated with diabetes and lowering bad cholesterol; and MSN reported seven surprising health benefits of drinking gin, which, thanks to the juniper berries the concoction is made of, includes anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the risk of both liver and kidney disease.
All of these are great reasons to further enjoy the alcoholic drinks you’re already having!