Keto and alcohol

Having a social life while on a keto diet is not an easy task, and a lot of people have difficulty doing so. Carbohydrates are present almost everywhere, especially when we decide to visit a nightclub and have fun with friends. Excluding pure beer and wine is a great start, but sticking to hard alcohol is usually the best choice. Although hard alcohol is made from natural sugars, cereals, potatoes, and fruits, during the process of fermentation and distillation, this sugar is converted to ethyl alcohol. Drinking hard alcohol may hinder your ketosis level but will slow down your weight loss. Drinking alcohol affects the metabolism of the liver, where the more you drink, the more your body produces ketones. When your liver takes care of the alcohol you drink, it converts to triglyceride, which can also positively affect the production of ketones. Keep in mind that many people experience dizziness and light drunkenness faster than usual. While this may be great for some, you have to be careful – especially while driving. Do not drink and drive. Be very careful when you are on keto diet and at the same time consuming alcohol. Many people also have the experience of having a bad hangover while they are on a keto diet, so make sure you are well hydrated. The most common but sure advice we can give you is to drink one glass of water per shot / cup of alcohol you will drink. Below you will find short and quick variants of everything you can use. Go down the page and read a more detailed explanation of each low-fat alcohol and what you should generally avoid. Here is a list of what you can drink when you want to consume low-fat alcohol.

Beers are very rich in carbohydrates and should be avoided. A typical light beer has information about ingredients online, so make sure you check them before consumption.

Wine

Unsweetened / non-aromatised champagne, dry red wine, and dry white wine. These will be the lowest carbohydrate wines you can consume. They contain between 4-5 grams pure carbohydrate per cup (150 ml), but be careful.
Strong alcohol. Vodka, rum, gin, tequila, whiskey. All unsweetened and non-flavored solid alcohols have 0 grams of pure carbohydrates. Liqueurs and most mixed alcohols have carbohydrates, so you better avoid them.

If you’re looking for something to sort out your alcoholic beverages to make it more enjoyable to eat, here are our suggestions:

Saturated water – one of the best choices, allowing you to give the taste you like.
Dietary carbonated beverages (or Zero calorie) – they look pretty fascinating at first glance with all their flavors and varieties but read the labels carefully so you will not be disappointed.
Sugar-free energy drinks – some brands choose to sweeten their energy drinks with erythritol or stevia. They can be consumed with alcohol and diversify your drink.
Other non-sugar beverages – non-carbonated beverages are available on the market and are available in a sugar-free version. You could also use them as an add-on to your drink.

IMPORTANT! : Be very careful with the sweetened drinks you drink or mix with your alcohol. Quite a bit, what is written on the front label differs from the information on the back, which has all the details of the product. READ CAREFULLY! Suggested Low Carb Alcoholic Drinks Despite the generally negative opinion on alcohol, however, it has several health benefits, so you do not have to feel bad when you have a cup of wine or a little liqueur. In moderate use, alcoholic beverages reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, help prevent cancer cells from forming in the body, and also favor improvement in insulin resistance. In general, alcoholic beverages are always the best option for a drink as long as you are on a low-carbohydrate diet. Typically, alcoholic beverages with 40% alcohol content (80 degrees) or higher will include exactly 0 grams of net carbohydrate. However, remember to be especially careful when consuming cocktails or other similar mixes of alcoholic beverages – especially when visiting bars and discos. In these cases, the final beverage mix contains ingredients with added sugar (such as different types of syrups, juices, and sweeteners).

Vodka

Typically, vodka is produced based on cereals such as potatoes, rye, or wheat. Most honorable o, its alcohol content is from 35 to 50%. That’s why, when you’re in the supermarket to choose something to drink or at the bar, try to stick to pure vodka – without any extra sweeteners or special tastes in it. On the other hand, if you are vodka fan with a special taste, keep in mind that it is commercially available in a variety of varieties, and most importantly with 0% carbohydrate content. However, if you stop at this stage, do your research on the internet beforehand, which would be the right drink for you, because some variants have lots of sweeteners and syrups.

Whiskey (Scotch / Bourbon)

Whiskey is made from fermented cereals, usually routine, wheat or wheat, and sometimes barley; this drink is 35-50% alcohol. Although it is a dark spirit drink, all types of whiskey are free of carbohydrates (or sugars). That’s why it’s an ideal option for people who are on a ketogenic diet. One barrel of mature whiskey is also much higher in phenols and ellagic acid (the latter, by the way, successfully overcomes the free radicals in the body) compared to red wine. Depending on the origin of the whiskey, it may be of a different type. For example, Scotch, whiskey, and bourbon are in themselves specific forms of the common concept of whiskey as a spirit drink. Some people find it hard to tolerate the taste of whiskey as it is a bit sharper and stronger. If you are among them, bet on vodka because it is much softer as a fragrance.

Tequila

Most types of tequila are prepared from the core of the agave plant and have an approximate 40% alcohol content. You will not find many different types of tequila on the market, so in this case, you should not worry about the presence of sweeteners or carbohydrates. However, keep in mind that some manufacturers mix tequila with other types of alcohol. What we can recommend in terms of your low-carb diet is to avoid such tequila and stick only to the one that is entirely extracted from the juice of agave. INTERESTING FACT: The plant itself is grown in many places, but depending on the specific place, tequila is always more specific than the other specific taste. Thus, in regions with higher altitudes, tequila has a sweet and aromatic flavor.

Rum

Rum has the main ingredient sugar cane or molasses and exists in different variations. It also contains no carbohydrates and sugars, but care should be taken with flavored rums. Usually, the darker the rum, the richer the taste is and the longer it is. On average, the rum has a content of about 35 vol.% Alcohol. Once it is first distilled, the rum becomes a transparent liquid. Then, it is usually placed in a barrel to acquire the oak taste and the dark color you are used to seeing. The taste and color of the barrels do not affect the carbohydrate content.

Gin

Gin is made from a cereal base and is traditionally about 35% by volume of alcohol. Usually contains citrus, such as lemon, orange or lime, but watch out for flavored or sweetened rum. Sloe gin is a popular flavored gin produced in England and flavored with wild leaved fruit. They have added sugars and correspondingly added carbohydrates. Most people associate gin with gin and tonic cocktails, but tonic and other popular mixers have carbohydrates, so be careful with them.

Brandy

Brandy is made from must and juice, wine or grapes. There are many types of brandy, but the most popular is brandy, which is made in the French Cognac region. Brandy usually has a varying percentage of alcohol content of 35% to 60% by volume and sometimes ages in barrels. Some companies choose to add caramel dyes to their brandy instead of leaving them in barrels, so be careful with the added dyes because they can contain extra carbohydrates.
Selection of low-carbohydrate wines

Wine can be great for moderate consumption because of its healthy beneficial properties (such properties come from polyphenols, antioxidants, and resveratrol). As a whole, the driest wines have the lowest sugar content. They are traditionally made from not ripened grapes (which is why the lower sugar content) and usually do not go through the process of adding sugar during fermentation. Red wine typically has the lowest carbohydrate value among all wines. If you see a wine marked as “late harvest,” it will be of a very high carbohydrate standard and should be avoided during keto mode. There are many branded wines on the market. Since there is no accepted standard for presenting nutrition information on alcohol, you could consider choosing a traditionally branded wine and