5 Alcoholic drinks that are keto-friendly
06/10/2021 / By Tonie Benally / Comments
5 Alcoholic drinks that are keto-friendly

Looking to lose some body fat? You may want to resort to a ketogenic or “keto” diet. This high-fat, moderate protein and low-carb diet is designed to use fat — and not carbohydrates — as your body’s primary energy source.

Most ketogenic diet plans recommend that you limit yourself to only 20 to 50 grams of carbohydrates a day. As such, it is important for you to know what exactly are the foods that are fit for this diet so you can experience optimum results.

But, you may have one question on your mind when starting a keto diet: “What about alcoholic drinks?” This question has some sense in it, since you might be on a keto diet and then a huge celebration happens, placing you in front of your friends, tempting you to drink a glass of alcohol. With this in mind, it is important to know which alcoholic drinks work with a keto diet.

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In fact, there are varying versions of the keto diet, some recommend not consuming alcohol due to its carbohydrate content. But there are actually alcoholic drinks that can be allowed in this diet due to their low carbohydrate contents, here are five of them.

1. Champagne

This drink only contains an average of 4.68 grams of carbohydrates per glass. With this in mind, just sipping one glass of champagne during a celebration shouldn’t affect your diet that much. In addition, this drink is heart-healthy and low in calories. It is also said that champagne is good for your skin and may help you drink less in the long run.

2. Light beer

Make sure to choose light beer because most beers are high in carbohydrates. In light beer, on the other hand, only has an average of 5.81 grams of carbohydrates in a can. Beer drinking is associated with several health benefits, which includes the following:  it contributes to your daily nutrient intake, it may lower your risk of diabetes, it may support your heart’s health, it may help strengthen your bones, it may boost your brainpower, it may help clean your teeth, it may reduce inflammation and it may prolong your lifespan.

3. Wine

Red wine has an average of about 4.7 grams of carbohydrates in a standard glass. The content is the same with white wine. Meanwhile, when it comes to sugar, dry wines have the lowest content. Red wines are rich in antioxidants and it may help you lower bad cholesterol, promote heart health, regulate blood sugar, reduce cancer risk, help treat common cold, keep the memory sharp, help control weight, reduce the risk of depression and promote a healthy digestive system.

4. Spirits

Gin, whiskey, rum and vodka, contain very little amounts of carbohydrates. Moderate consumption of 44 milliliters per drink may help reduce your risk of heart disease, ischemic stroke and diabetes.

5. Mixers

Although not alcoholic, these drinks are commonly mixed with alcohol in bars or parties. Only certain types of mixers such as club soda and sparkling water contain no carbohydrates. At the same time, be careful of energy drinks, juice, cola and lemonade, for these have high carbohydrate contents.

Drinking is fine, but only in moderation

While moderate drinking may give you some health benefits as mentioned, excessive drinking can result in serious health problems. Alcohol consumption is considered excessive if you drinks more than three servings in a day. In addition, it can also be considered as excessive drinking if you consume at least seven drinks a week if you’re a woman; at least seven drinks a week if you’re a man above the age of 65; and more than four drinks a day or more than 14 drinks a week if you’re a man below the age of 65.

Long-term excessive drinking may lead to certain cancers, pancreatitis, sudden death due to cardiovascular disease, heart muscle damage, stroke, hypertension, liver disease, brain damage, alcohol withdrawal syndrome and death or injury resulting from accidents while being drunk.

Visit Slender.news for more on keto and other healthy diet plans.

Sources:

MedicalNewsToday.com

TownAndCountryMag.com

NBCnews.com

WhiteHallLane.com

MayoClinic.org

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