We all love that occasional (or daily) glass of wine … but we also all want to look good and avoid the extra calories… so low carb wine it is!

01/6 Calories from alcohol

Those who know a thing or two about alcohol know how difficult it is to resist it. However, the flipside to getting your senses tingled is the ingestion of a lot of calories. Alcoholic beverages are high in calories, which is why drinking too much of it is associated with weight gain. But as people, alcohol consumers included, are becoming more cognizant of weight and health management, manufacturers are obliging by creating healthier options.

02/6 Wine and health

Wine, especially red wine, is one of the more beneficial alcoholic drinks. Though high in sugar and calories, the presence of the active compounds polyphenols, resveratrol, and quercetin have been proven to improve cardiovascular health. Although healthier than other hard drinks, wine too must be consumed in moderation as excessive drinking can be detrimental to the body.

03/6 The ketogenic diet

The idea of low carb wines has been built upon the theory of ketogenesis. Simply put, ketogenesis is a process where the body uses fat to obtain energy instead of carbs, therefore burning fat at a much quicker rate. A ketogenic diet is low in carbs and high in fat, and is one of the most popular health fads. With the aim of providing a ketogenic-friendly wine option, manufacturers have created a low carb alternative called low carb wine.

04/6Low carb wines

Although wine is created from sweet grape juice, which has around 26 grams of sugar per 100 grams, yeast fermentation converts the sugar into alcohol, reducing the amount of sugar. Therefore more alcohol content means less sugar. Low carb wines will have at least 12% alcohol, but they may not necessarily be healthy. Wines, low carb or otherwise still contain a generous amount of sugar, consuming too much of which may be unhealthy. The idea of low carb wines is to provide a healthier, not healthy wine drinking experience.

05/6 Low carb wines vs other drinks

Wine contains fewer carbs than beer, but pure spirits like whiskey or vodka contain no carbs at all. However, wine contains fewer calories than most alcoholic drinks, so a combination of extremely low carbs and low calories makes low carb wine one of the healthiest alcoholic drinks.

06/6 Best low carb wines

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Sparkling White Wine

  • Pinot Noir

  • Pinot Blanc

  • Brut Cava

  • Brut Champagne