Keto-Friendly Wine You Can Sip On The Low-Carb Diet
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of the keto (short for ketogenic) diet, which focuses on eating a diet super low in carbohydrates, moderate-to-high in protein, and high in fat consumption. It’s a relatively easy diet to follow. You just increase your fat intake while drastically cutting down your carb intake, which essentially puts your body into what’s known as ketosis. This metabolic state produces elevated levels of ketone bodies in the liver that are used for primary energy sources in the absence of blood glucose due to low carbohydrate intake, explains Roger Adams, PhD, personal trainer, doctor of nutrition, and owner of eatrightfitness.
Obviously, this means that sweet or starchy foods are off limits, but what about your favorite bottle of wine? As it turns out, many wines are high carb — especially ones that are sweeter, like Rieslings, ports, zinfandels and any dessert wines. The good news is that there are wines that fall under the clutch category of “keto-friendly,” particularly sauvignon blancs, merlots, and champagnes. “Dry wines are the lowest in carbs, and sauvignon blanc is one of the driest and crispest around,” says Jamie Hickey, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist and founder of Truism Fitness. Whether you’re currently on the keto diet or considering going on it, here are some keto-friendly wines you have permission to sip.