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Low Carb Alcohol

Low-carb diets are becoming more popular with more people wanting to lose weight without calorie counting or being hungry and improve their health. Most people typically start by cutting out high-carb foods like bread, pasta, and starchy vegetables and instead focus on healthy fats and proteins.

However, many people are uncertain about whether alcohol can be consumed on a low-carb diet, and if you read the news stories, it’s no surprise there is a confusion.

Many alcoholic drinks are high in carbohydrates, some containing more carbs per serving than soft drinks, sweets and desserts. For example, real ale typically has a VERY high carb content because sugar and starch are one of its primary ingredients. It generally contains 3–12 grams of carbs per 12-ounce (355-ml) serving, depending on various factors, such as whether it’s a light or regular variety.

Low Carb Alcohol

Thankfully, certain alcoholic drinks can fit into a low-carb diet when consumed in moderation. For example, red wine (we recommend Malbec) and lighter beers are both relatively low in carbs in comparison to other options, with just 3–4 grams per serving, maybe less.

“Pure” forms of liquor like rum, whiskey, gin and vodka are completely carb-free!

If you don’t like your drink neat or on the ricks, do skip the sugary sweeteners and mix your liquor with low carb options like sugar-free tonic water.