Dieting is no stranger to the US population. In fact, four in ten Americans follow some kind of structured diet or eating plan, with the Ketogenic diet being the preferred diet for 12.9 million of them. This type of diet focuses on eating very low carb, but high fat in order to put the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. This means that since carbohydrates have been reduced and replaced with fat, the body burns fat for energy, rather than carbohydrates. Weight loss is not the only result of this — the Keto diet also has been said to cause reduction in blood sugar and insulin levels, and produce ketones, which supply the brain with energy.
What is the Keto Diet?
The main thing to follow when on a Keto diet is to eat a diet filled with healthy fats like avocado and nuts, meat, fish and eggs, and to limit the amount of carbs you are eating to no more than 50 grams per day — and don’t forget, sugar is a carb.
Can you drink Wine on a Keto Diet?
Typically, alcoholic beverages are considered a no-no when you’re following a Keto diet. After all, most beer is carb central! Traditional mixed drinks are loaded with sugar due to mixers and other sweeteners, and some liquors and wines are high in sugar as well. For those who are Keto but still like to go out for happy hour or have a drink with dinner, don’t worry — there are options!
If liquor is your thing, drinking pure alcohol like vodka, tequila, gin, rum and whiskey on the rocks without any additional mixer is fine. No carbs or sugar to worry about there! Aside from diet sodas and seltzer, the industry has definitely expanded to meet the needs of those following Keto diets. Now you can find many options for Keto-friendly mixers. Many use all natural sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit, or sugar alcohols, all of which are fine for the Keto diet. Be careful with sugar alcohols though, some people find that excess consumption can cause bloating or gassiness.
If you’re more into cracking open a brewski, there are a lot of choices for light beer that are low enough in carbs that they are okay for a Keto diet. The trick, however, is to make sure you are drinking moderately. Even if you stick to light, low-carb beer, if you drink too many of them, the amount of carbs adds up and can potentially knock you out of ketosis.
Can you have Red Wine on a Keto Diet?
Even one or two glasses of red or white wine is acceptable, most common varieties have about 3-4 grams of carbs/sugar in a 5 ounce pour.
Prosecco is the best wine for Keto Diet
But the best Keto-friendly alcohol option? Prosecco! As long as you do your research and make sure to stick to dry varieties without too much added sugar, most bottles of bubbly can fit perfectly into a Keto lifestyle, with around 1-1.5 grams of carbs/sugar per 5 ounce serving.
You may notice that Prosecco is often labeled Brut, Dry and Extra Dry. These labels can be confusing, because in actuality, the Dry and Extra Dry varieties have more sugar in them than a Brut. An Extra Dry Prosecco has around 12-17 grams of sugar per liter, and Dry has even more: 17-32 grams! There is also a Demi-Sec Prosecco. This incredibly sweet Prosecco has the most sugar out of all the different types: 32-50 grams per liter.
If you are cutting sugar and carbs, and especially if you follow a Keto diet, stay away from Extra Dry, Dry and Demi-Sec Prosecco, and always make sure to look for Brut on the label!
If SYLTBAR is your preferred Prosecco, you are in luck! Not only is Mr SYLBAR Premium Prosecco labeled as a Brut, but its sugar contents are even less than that of other popular brands. A 6 ounce glass of Mr contains less than half a gram of sugar. This is due to the extra long fermentation time during the winemaking process, which allows the Glera grapes to fully ripen and there is no need for our wine producers to add extra sugar or sweeteners to make it more palatable. A lot of mass produced brands skip the long fermentation process, and add sugar and sulfites in order to save time and money while still preserving the wine’s taste and freshness.
SYLTBAR has even been lab tested against other well known sparkling wine brands and had its sugar contents compared. The studies done by the University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute prove that Mr is significantly lower in sugar than other brands, and that the other brands tested had glucose levels that were 1.6 to 4.2 fold higher than SYLTBAR. Our Mrs Sparkling Rosé showed the same results.
Whether you follow a Keto lifestyle, or simply just want to sip on something that has absolutely no added sugar, sulfites or other chemical preservatives, SYLBAR is the answer. Shop SYLTBAR Keto-friendly wine at our online store, or look for it in select local retail stores.