The keto diet can feel very restricting, and never more so than when you want to enjoy a drink with friends. Fortunately, drinking wine on the keto diet is possible. You simply have to choose the right bottle to avoid disrupting ketosis.
Your choice of beverage must start at the most basic level — sugar level. Mixed drinks and beers are loaded with sugar, which is obviously a no-go with the keto diet. Similarly, the wrong bottle of wine will not be diet-friendly. Fortunately, some keto wines and liquors will keep you on track and allow you to enjoy the evening with friends.
Aside from the obvious concern regarding sugar content in alcoholic beverages, another layer is considered. When the body is in a state of ketosis, it will focus all energy on metabolizing alcohol until it has been fully processed. This means that until the alcohol is managed, fat burning is slowed, even though the body remains in ketosis. Ultimately, alcohol consumption can hinder your weight loss.
The Good News
While alcohol won’t work for everyone on the keto diet, drinking wine on the keto diet is ok for many. Combined with a low-carb diet, keto wine can actually be good for your health. Studies have found that alcohol in moderation can lower blood pressure and even lower blood glucose levels.
The Question You Need to Ask
Of course, there is one question you have to ask yourself before you experiment with keto wine—can you easily stop at one or two drinks? If you struggle with willpower when it comes to alcohol, then you may want to abstain completely.
Choosing the Right Wine
Wine is the result of fermenting grapes. Grapes have high natural sugar levels. In its original state, a bunch of grapes would not be considered keto-friendly. However, the fermentation turns the sugar into alcohol. The longer the grapes ferment, the higher the alcohol content, the lower the residual sugar levels, and the “drier” the wine becomes. Therefore, dry wines are keto wines. The residual sugar levels will not be listed on the bottle, so you’ll want to buy based on the dryness. You can ask for recommendations at wineries, or you can seek out the classically dry varieties, such as Sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, muscadet, or sauvignon blanc.