Drinks On Keto?
Are Drinks Allowed On Keto?
First, the obvious: alcohol doesn’t help weight loss. The more alcohol you drink, the harder it is to lose weight, since the body tends to burn alcohol before anything else.1 Drinking alcohol can also make you want to eat more.
Keeping that in mind here are some drinks that can be used during keto.
Even on a keto diet (below 20 grams per day) you can probably have a glass of wine fairly regularly. And on a moderate low carb diet, wine is not a problem.
Dry wines usually contain less than 0.5 grams of sugar per glass. Fermentation byproducts in wine, like glycerol, should have a minimal effect on blood sugar or insulin levels
Beer is a problem on keto. There’s a reason people talk about “beer bellies.” Beer is made from grains, which provide a lot of rapidly digestible carbs. It’s even been called “liquid bread.” For this reason, most beers are bad for weight control and should be avoided on keto.
There are Keto friendly beer available in the market but its wise to not have beer.
When it comes to drinks, it’s pretty straightforward: pure spirits like whiskey, brandy, cognac, vodka, gin, and tequila contain zero carbs and are all fine on keto.
Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks. Don’t add juice, soft drinks, or sweet flavourings to spirits. Adding tonic to zero-carb gin boosts its carb count to 16 grams per serving! Have vodka, soda water and a twist of lime instead for a refreshing carb-free drink.
Top Keto Friendly 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.
Vodka, club soda, and lemon or lime: one tall drink contains 0 grams of carbs.
Whiskey: one drink contains 0 grams of carbs.
Dry martini: one cocktail contains 0 grams of carbs.
Soft Drinks And Other Drinks
Water is wonderful. Whether flat or sparkling, it has no carbs and is a great thirst-quencher. Add a sprinkle of salt if you have keto flu or a headache.
Another great choice is tea or coffee — but don’t add sugar! An occasional glass of wine is okay, too.
Diet soda is OK. Unsurprisingly, regular soft drinks are out, as a single 12-ounce can of Pepsi has 41 grams of carbohydrates. If you want to satisfy your soda craving, you'll have to opt for diet sodas, which use artificial sweeteners. The same serving of Diet Pepsi has zero carbs.
The fake sugars won't knock you out of ketosis. But he does say that artificial sugars, in addition to raising numerous health concerns, may trigger cravings that cause people to eat more.