There are many diets out there with new ones hitting the market all the time. However, one of the most popular and enduring is the Keto diet.
The aim of the keto diet is to reduce your carbs, to zero if possible, which kick starts a new type of metabolism to lose weight.
I’m a big wine drinker but i have recently switched to non alcoholic wine, i want to know if you can drink non alcoholic wine on keto diet and which are the best to try.
Can you drink non alcoholic wine on keto diet?
In general non alcoholic wines are quite high in carbs and wouldn’t be suitable for the keto diet. However, there are a range of very low carb non alcoholic wines that would be suitable for someone on the ket diet, when drank in moderation.
It is important to still have something of what you like when on any diet and for many people that is wine. Alcoholic wine can switch off ketosis but is lower in carbs than non alcoholic wine. There are some non alcoholic wines with a lower carb count than alcoholic wine and without the alcohol of course.
What is the keto diet?
The Ketogenic diet or Keto diet for short, is a low carb and high fat diet which can offer many health benefits.
The aim is to slash your carb intake and replace it with fats, this puts your body into a state called a ketotic state or ketosis, hence the name.
When you enter this state, your body becomes much more efficient at burning fat for energy and therefore you lose your stored fat easier.
The most popular version would be the SKD – Standard ketotic diet. Your nutrient breakdown would be 70% fats, 20% protein and only 10% carbs.
With carbs reduced way down to 10%, you have to be very careful what you eat and drink. Beer is known to have carbs so the question is can you drink any non alcoholic beers on the keto diet?
Can you drink alcohol on the keto diet?
The theory goes that drinking alcohol when on the keto diet won’t kick you out of ketosis but it will likely impact it. For that reason, alcohol is usually not recommended on the keto diet.
If you do want to drink alcohol on the keto diet, the lower carb version the better. The lowest carb alcohols are the pure spirits like vodka or gin.
Is alcoholic wine high in carbs?
Trying to generalise across all the wine varieties is very difficult but a ball park figure would be something like 3g of carbs per 100ml.
Is non alcoholic wine high in carbs?
From all the non alcoholic wines i have reviewed, which includes sparkling, red, white and rose, the average carbs per 100ml is 6g.
This means that on average, a non alcoholic wine will have twice the carbs that an alcoholic wine will have.
Which non alcoholic wines are low carb and keto friendly?
So if you can have a few glasses of non alcoholic wine on the keto diet, the next question is, which ones are the lowest in carbs?
Below is a list of the 5 lowest carb non alcoholic wines i can find anywhere. Some may not be available in your region but they serve as a good benchmark for just how many carbs you should be shooting for.
Absolute Zero Dry 1.1g/100ml
So coming in at number one as we have already seen is their South African chart topper. 1.1g per 100ml is hard to believe and it is a brilliant achievement to have made a wine like this. Hats off to Absolute Zero.
Two Hoots Non Alcoholic Rose 2.1g/100ml
Apart from losing the top spot, the Aussies absolutely boss the low carb non alcoholic wine world. They have taken the non alcoholic wine bull by the horns and lead the world.
This Two Hoots rose comes in at 2.2g of carbs per 100ml. Despite having twice the carbs of Absolute Zero Dry, this still takes second spot. It shows just how low 1.1g per 100ml really is.
The other thing that makes this so impressive is that in general, rose wines are sweeter, higher in sugar and therefore higher in carbs. To produce a tasty one as low carbs as this is quite the achievement.
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2.5g/100ml
Another Aussie comes in at number 3, Giesen is a big name in the Marlborough area and with their zero Sauvignon Blanc they have produced a very low carb wine.
They are helped slightly by southern hemisphere sauvignon blanc grapes being reasonably dry (low sugar) but there is still plenty of work to do to make a great wine which is also very low in carbs.
Tread Softly Everything Except Pinot Grigio 2.7g/100ml
No prizes for guessing where the 4th lowest carb non alcoholic wine comes from, that’s right, Australia. This time is hails from the Victoria and South Australian vineyards.
Pinot Grigio is one of the driest grapes about so that certainly helps keep the sugar and carbs to a minimum.
The added selling point or USP of this brand is their vegan stature and that they are committed to a carbon neutral product. They even plant a native Australian tree for every case sold!
Newblood Chardonnay 3g/100ml
Rounding out the top 5 is once again, an Australian non alcoholic white wine. Chardonnay isn’t the driest wine but it isnt the most sugar laden grape out there.
Newblood is a triple distilled and alcohol removed wine with a vibrant bouquet of citrus blossom and honeysuckle. What’s not to like?