We all want to look good and be healthy, which often means giving up some of the things that we love. Alcohol tends to be one of the first things to go when looking to live a healthier lifestyle, but there are in fact some beverages that you can enjoy without having to worry about what they are going to do to your waistline. This is particularly true for those of you who have opted to go for a low carb diet in order to stay trim, as there are several alcoholic beverages that can be enjoyed without having to load up on carbs.
Generally speaking, wine drinkers have less to worry about in terms of carbs than those who prefer other types of alcoholic beverages. At most, a 5-ounce glass of wine will contain no more than 4 grams of carbs, and there are specific types of wine that have even less than that. We will get to those particular wines in a moment, but before we do, let’s look at how the carb content in wine compares to that in other drinks.
The carbs in alcohol tend to come from unfermented sugar, which is why wine does not really contain as many carbs. Cheaper wines may be higher in carbs because more sugar is used to add a little extra body and texture. The changes are not that dramatic, though, and you need only check the label to get a look at the carb content of your wine. Many people believe that light beer is the way to go when trying to cut out carbs, but those usually have 6-7 grams of carbs, which means you get the same amount when drinking 2 wines as opposed to a single light beer. Once you get into ales, you are getting into the double digits in grams of carbs.
With all of this said, let’s look at the 3 best wines to drinks if you are looking to lower your carb input:
- Pinot Grigio – You are only looking at about 3 grams of carbs in a 5-ounce glass of pinot grigio, and a mere 120 calories, on average.
- Sauvignon Blanc – This is another wine type that should be on the racks of every carb conscious wine lover out there. A 5-ounce glass has about the same number of carbs and calories as the pinot grigio.
- Pinot Noir – This is perhaps the best option for those of you who prefer red wines. There are about 3.4 grams of carbs in this wine, and in the region of 123 calories.
As you can see, there are some excellent options available for those of you who enjoy a glass of wine with your low carb meal. Keep in mind that these numbers are all based on a 5-ounce serving, and that moderation is the key to everything that you do in your efforts to stay trim and healthy.