This is the FIFTH article in a probably never-ending series of short posts with basic nutrition facts and information about specific types of foods or drinks in the context of a keto diet. If you aspire to be an aware and knowledgeable keto diet follower, then this is a must-read for you.
Today, we are coming back to the topic of alcohol and we will take a closer look on whiskey (or whisky). Can you drink whiskey on a keto diet? Is whiskey allowed on keto? Can it disturb ketosis or even kick you out of it? How about its impact on your health?
These are some of the things you are about to learn so that you can make an informed decision whether or not to include whiskey on your keto diet program. Let’s get started.
This section presents the most important nutrition facts about whiskey. The below tables show only the the facts and information that are especially important from the point of view of a ketogenic diet (and staying in ketosis).
In the case of alcohol and any alcohol drinks, it’s obviously the caloric and carb (sugar) quantity that’s the most interesting for keto diet followers. And this is exactly what you will learn here.
|Total Carbs||0.1 g|
|Dietary Fiber||0 g|
|Total Carbs||0.04 g|
|Dietary Fiber||0 g|
These are pretty good and promising numbers, aren’t they? That’s because whiskey is almost pure alcohol (its alcohol amount may vary from 40% to even 68%), so all of its calories come from alcohol.
Does this make it a totally keto-friendy drink? Let’s find this out.
Here you will probably find the information you are interested in the most, that is, how keto compliant whiskey is and whether you can drink it on this eating program.
Whiskey is an example of hard liquors which are totally OK on a keto diet. That’s because hard alcohols usually have no carbs, no sugar and since they have high alcohol amount you cannot drink too much of them. It’s not a problem to drink 4 beers but can you drink “only” four glasses of whiskey? That’s the magic and keto friendliness of hard alcohols.
Here is the wrap-up of facts and information about whiskey in the context of a keto diet:
BEST TIP FOR DRINKING WHISKEY ON KETO: As you can see whiskey is really an almost perfect keto drink. It isn’t 10/10 only because it’s alcohol and consuming too much of it can lead to poor dietary choices (made under influence). Whiskey in itself isn’t a problem for a keto diet and staying in ketosis. The best tip I can give you here is be careful when drinking any type of alcohol because you may end up binging on carbs and then totally nullifying your progress. And that’s not what I want you to be doing.
Check out the brilliant guide to drinking alcohol on a keto diet with more examples and interesting facts.
Here you will find very interesting facts about positive impact of whiskey on health.
When doing research for this mini guide I was really surprised to learn about many health benefits of whiskey and the fact that it’s one of the healthiest types of alcohol out there. I wasn’t aware of many positive health effects of whiskey and I bet you didn’t know about them as well.
Here are a few surprising and interesting health benefits of whiskey:
Keep in mind that all of these great health properties of whisky occur only if you drink it in moderation and occasionally. If weight loss is your top priority, you must not combine drinking alcohol with eating fat or carbs or they will be directly stored as fat. If you want to be lean and still be able to drink, totally separate these two activities (ideally drink a few hours after your last meal).
Check the post where I talk about the keto compliance and health impact of wine.
As you can see whiskey is one of the best types of alcohol to consume on a keto diet. Not only is it very keto friendly but it also has tons of surprising health benefits.
Have you ever thought that whiskey can help you prevent heart disease, improve brain function or help fight diabetes? These are the properties of a keto diet as well.
Even though it scores high both in its keto compatibility and health impact, it is alcohol and everyone knows that it is good only in moderation.
The bottom line here is that you can use whiskey to help you on your keto diet but you must not forget that there is a thin line between whiskey being your friend and your foe.
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