This is one of the most common questions people ask me when they’re contemplating going sugar free is: “Can I drink alcohol – beer, wine, champagne, spirits etc – while living a sugar free lifestyle?”
Most people have heard that cocktails and alcoholic beverages are full of sugar… which is correct… kind of, sort of …
Believe it or not, there’s some good news for those who enjoy the occasional cocktail – like ME and perhaps YOU!
- Wine: Contains minimal fructose (sugar). How so? It’s the fructose in the grapes that ferments to become alcohol, leaving wine low in sugar. Red wine is lower in sugar than white wine and is definitely the better option. Dry red wines are best and lowest in sugar!
- Champagne or Sparkling Wines: Same as the wine explanation above, but champagne does tend to retain quite a lot of the fructose (sugar)… not a great option.
- Spirits: Dry spirits like gin, vodka, rum and whiskey are very low in fructose (sugar). But see my caveat on mixers below…
- Beer: Drink light beer, and only on occasion. It’s much lower in carbs than regular beer.
- Dessert Wine: A whole bunch of of sugar remains un-fermented in dessert wine, so dessert wine and ports are a “no-no” or a cheat.
So … before you go to pour yourself a big ole cocktail … please read the rest of this article. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause a multitude of metabolism and health issues, not to mention it’s an addictive substance.
- Only drink spirits cut with soda water, sugar free mixers, on ice or neat. Regular mixers, including tonic water and fruit juices, are full of sugar – about 8-10 teaspoons in one tall glass. They do sell diet tonic water which is okay to partake in – zero sugars.
- While removing sugar from your daily diet during the Smithtown Weight Loss 10-Day Sugar Detox, your liver is under some extra strain … so drinking alcohol needs to be put off until your Sugar Detox is completed.
- You may find that once you finish the Smithtown Weight Loss 10-Day Sugar Detox, your tolerance for alcohol is much lower. This is totally normal.
- Although alcohol is low in fructose it is still very high in empty calories. Did you know that a glass of wine can have the same calories as four cookies? How about a pint of beer? It’s often the calorific equivalent of a slice of pizza?
Ultimately optimal health and weight is achieved by eating and drinking sugar free. Of course you can have the occasional glass of Port or sugar-laden Apple Martini … it’s what you do most of the time that makes the biggest impact. Smithtown Weight Loss is not about living with a bunch of “never’s” – I’ll never eat bread again, I’ll never eat dessert again, etc. It’s about making better choices 99% of the time.
I make a decision in the moment, as a choice arises in my life… do I really need that sugar-filled Cosmopolitan right now or can I be happy with a glass of Cabernet? 9 times out of 10 the Cab wins!
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