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Sugars and ketogenic diet of alcoholic beverages
A ketogenic diet reduces carbohydrate intake. The diet has grown in popularity recently. The increasing prevalence of ketogenic and low-carbohydrate diets is also reflected in Alko’s customer service, where we regularly receive questions about low-sugar alcoholic beverages.
What is a ketogenic diet all about?
A ketogenic diet refers to a very low carbohydrate diet in which energy is obtained mainly from fats. It is recommended that carbohydrates be eaten very sparingly in the keto diet and their intake should be less than 20–50 grams per day. The goal is to get the body into a state of ketosis, at which point the body’s carbohydrate stores begin to deplete and ketones begin to accumulate in the body’s energy metabolism. As a result, the body begins to burn fat as an energy source.
Can a person following a ketogenic diet drink alcohol?
If you follow a ketogenic diet with a view to losing weight, you should exclude alcoholic beverages from your diet altogether, as energy from alcohol is always extra energy. Planned weight loss using alcoholic beverages is most likely to slow down.
For many, however, a ketogenic diet is a way of life, and from time to time you may want to enjoy a glass of alcohol at a festive meal or evening out, for example. In this case, it is good to pay attention to the sugar content of different alcoholic beverages. Particular caution should be exercised with regard to the use of alcohol, as tolerance to alcohol in ketosis can be significantly reduced.
While the ketogenic diet tries to keep the intake of sugars to a minimum, it is also good to keep in mind that, most of the energy in alcoholic beverages comes from alcohol instead of sugar. Alcohol contains almost as many calories as fat: one gram of alcohol contains 7 kcal of energy.
Sugar content of wines and beers
In addition to sugar, the dryness of wine is made up of acids
The wines are made from grapes and always contain some natural sugars. A good guideline for perceiving the amount of sugar in a wine is the drier the wine, the less sugar.
During the wine fermentation process, sugar is converted to carbon dioxide and alcohol. When all the natural sugar in the wine has turned into alcohol, the end result is a dry wine. If the wine is intentionally left semi-dry or semi-sweet, the remaining sugar is called residual sugar.
However, the dryness of wine does not only depend on the amount of sugar. In addition to the amount of sugar, dryness refers to the taste of wine, which is significantly affected by acidity. The high acid content balances the wine and affects the sweetness labeling of the wine. If the white wine has a sugar content of 8 g / l and high acid content, the wine is defined as dry. With lower acids, the same wine would be defined as semi-dry as it would taste sweeter.
The sweetness markings of wines indicate the sugar content
Wines with a sugar content not exceeding 9 g / l. Low-acid wine is defined as dry wine with a maximum sugar content of 4 g / l.
Wines with a higher sugar content than dry wine, but not more than 18 g / l. Low-acid wine is defined as semi-dry wine with a residual sugar content not exceeding 12 g / l.
Wines with a higher sugar content than the previous ones, but not more than 45 g / l.
Wines with a sugar content of more than 45 g / l.
Wines classified as dry therefore contain the least sugar. Sugar data for wines can be found in the product data for individual products. The sugar content of the wine is also marked on our product price tag in our stores. If the sugar content is missing, there is no residual sugar in the product.
Sugar contents of sparkling wines
In the case of sparkling wines, the sugar content of the wine is indicated by its sweetness indication. Thanks to the acidity of the drinks, the mouthfeel of sparkling wine can be really dry, even if there is residual sugar left in the product.
If the sparkling wine label reads, for example, Zero dosage, ultra brut, brut nature, or zero brut, the indication that the product has a residual sugar of 0–3 g / l.
The sugar contents of all sparkling wines are indicated in the product information for sparkling wines. The sugar content is also indicated on the price tag of the products in our stores. If the sugar content is missing, there is no residual sugar in the product.
Sugar quantities in beers
Most beers are high in carbohydrates and, for example, normal medium beers contain about 24 g / l of sugar. In practice, beer always has small amounts of sugar left in the beer. An example of a low-sugar beer is Brut IPA beers.
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