Before we get into detail about the Ketogenic diet, most commonly referred to as simply Keto, and what kinds of food and drinks are included in this particular kind of lifestyle, let us be clear about one important thing: we are not “diet people.” We don’t look for the next fad diet to follow, count calories, or restrict ourselves from the things we love, but we fully support anyone who does follow a diet in order to better themselves or follow a path to a healthier lifestyle.
We believe in moderation and balance. After all, the SYLTBAR owners are German and the SYLTBAR winemakers are Italian. These are countries that pride themselves on the good food of their culture, and Mr Premium Prosecco and Mrs Sparkling Rosé pair perfectly with all of it. We believe that you can eat delicious meals and still be mindful by carefully selecting the things you put in your body — both food and drink. That’s where Mr and Mrs come in handy!
Low Sugar Wine for Keto Diet
When our winemakers first produced SYLTBAR, they did not intend to create a low-sugar, low-carb, Keto-friendly wine. It just happened that way because of their 100% natural production process that uses no added chemicals, sulfites, sugars or sweeteners. It’s pure and natural wine, as it should be.
Now, let’s get back to what exactly Keto is. Keto focuses on a low-carb and high-fat diet, which is said to help people lose weight and has also been said to provide health benefits that fight against conditions such as diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. You’re probably thinking how does a high-fat diet help with weight loss? The way this works is that when you drastically reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume (remember, sugar is a carbohydrate) and increase the amount of fat in your diet, it causes the body to go into a metabolic state called ketosis. Ketosis is a state in which the body very effectively and efficiently burns fat, instead of carbs, for energy. By significantly changing the amount of carbs you give your body to use for energy, fat is the only thing left to burn, and thus, the reason why many people who properly follow a Keto diet see a noticeable change in their weight and body composition.
The recommended amount of carbs to consume while on Keto is about 20-50 grams per day, depending on your current state of health and your goals. The focus should be on healthy fats and protein.
Types of food included in Keto Diets
Here’s an idea of the kind of foods you can include in your Keto meals:
- Red meat such as steak, bacon and sausage
- Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna
- Heavy Cream
- Unprocessed cheeses
- Nuts and seeds
- Healthy oils such as avocado, coconut and olive oil
- Leafy greens and low-carb vegetables such as tomatoes, onions and peppers
- There are also many Keto-friendly brands out there now that make Keto breads, pastas, crackers, desserts, cereals, protein bars, and other snack foods.
When it comes to the food and beverages to avoid, basically anything that is high in carbohydrates and sugar. One thing to remember is that although fruit is considered healthy, most are very high in sugar and are not part of a Keto diet. If you absolutely cannot live without fruit, berries are considered ok in small amounts. Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries… These fruits are very low in sugar. The same goes for veggies. Yes, vegetables are considered a healthy part of our diet, but starchy vegetables have a lot of carbs and sugar, i.e., carrots, beets and parsnips. Potatoes and sweet potatoes should also be avoided, along with all grains like rice and pasta, beans and legumes like peas and lentils, and a lot of condiments and sauces that have a lot of added sugars. Stay away from low-fat, sugar-free and other “diet” foods, processed vegetable oils and mayonnaise too.
Typically, alcohol is not consumed while on Keto, especially things like carbohydrate-loaded beer and sugary cocktails. However, it might not be the most realistic thing for someone to 100% give up alcohol completely, so many people turn to clear liquor, like vodka or tequila, and pair it with sugar-free mixers like club soda or sparkling water.
Fortunately, there are some wines that can be considered okay during a Keto diet, in moderation of course, and SYLTBAR is one of them! SYLTBAR wines are considered Keto-friendly due to their incredibly low carbohydrate and sugar content per serving.
Do you follow a Keto diet or have you been thinking about giving it a try? You don’t have to give up your beloved wine! SYLTBAR makes it possible to follow Keto and still enjoy a glass or two every night with dinner or on the weekends when you’re hanging out with friends. All six of our wines, sparkling and still, are low-carb and low-sugar so you won’t spoil your diet by opening a bottle. Shop for all of your Keto wine at syltbar.com or check our locator to see if there are any restaurants or retailers that have SYLTBAR in your area.