Low Carb Beer
If you like your beer or you nightcaps from time to time (or even all
the time), you might be in for a big surprise when you go on the low
carb diet. Alcohol is forbidden Ė at least in the early stages. Later,
after you get out of induction, you can add a little alcohol a couple
times a week, but you still have to be careful about what libation you
Along those lines, let me say that studies have been shown that itís
harder to lose weight when you have a lot of alcohol your system. This
is because the body will burn the alcohol before it burns the fat.
Low Carbohydrate Beer
There is not a zero carb beer that I have found yet, and there
probably never will be**. By the nature of the ingredients, it probably
couldnít happen. But there are some ďlow carbĒ beers available. You have
to be careful though because some companies will try to convince you
that the 12 grams of carb in their beer is Ďlow carbí. Yes, it is
compared to an entire pizza, but not for a beer. So read the labels.
Probably the most popular low carb beer are Pure Blonde, Hahn Super
Dry and Bondi Blonde, which as of
this writing had approx 1-2 grams of carbs per 100ml.
- Pure Blonde Ė 0.9g carbs per 100ml
- Bondi Blonde - <2g carbs per 100ml
- Hahn Super Dry - according to their website, it 1/3 the carbs of
a std full strength beer... whatever that means?
The rest of the beers had 5 or 6 grams of carbohydrate, and most of
them ran from 7 grams to over 16 grams of carb.
Here is a comparison list of international low carb beers:
||Michelob Ultra Amber
||Mike's Light Lemonade
||Milwaukee's Best Light
||Rock Green Light
||Sam Adams Light
|Labatt Blue Light
So you do have choices for the occasional beer, just make the right
decision about which you choose, and donít go overboard with the amount
Hard liquor has essentially no carbohydrates, so would make for a
good occasional mixed drink or nightcap. Off course, if you drink it
neat of on the rocks, you donít have to worry about a mixer (which can
add carbs). Some people like to drink their hard liquor with mixers such
as diet coke or diet 7-UP, but my problem with that is the Aspartame.
Itís not good for you. If you drink whiskey, vodka or something similar,
maybe you could try your hard liquor with club soda a squeeze of lemon
or lime. Important: donít confuse club soda with tonic water Ė tonic
water has carbs in it.
Whatever you do, donít confuse hard liquor with schnapps, liqueur or
other flavored drinks. They are all going to have carbs in them and that
will stall your ketosis.
There are cheap flavored wines and there are white wines and red
wines that donít have all the sugar in them to make them more palatable.
Cheap wines generally have added sugar and thus carbohydrates. If you
like wine and want a glass for dinner, or else wise, donít get a $3
bottle of wine and expect it to be low carb. Get a nice bottle of wine
and it will have less carb in it. You can enjoy this a few days a week,
and more if you are in maintenance rather than induction.
Now that weíre all set up as to what we can drink, I think itís time
we hit the local pub and share a few drinks together. Iíll buy (mine,
See also Low Carb Snacks
here to find out
how to brew your own beer.
is now a zero carb beer from the Burleigh Brewing Co called Bighead
Beer... Australia's first no-carb beer..