You only need to search the word diet in google to see just how many different methods there are for slimming down and losing a bit of weight.
You’ll tend to find that particular methods go through stages of popularity, and the current must-try diet is keeping your carb intake to a minimum.
And I must say, from my research and experience, it does a pretty good job providing you can really ensure that your carb intake is low.
The main issue that I found with the Keto Diet (low-carb diet) is that carbs are a little bit like ninjas. They hide in places that you’d never think of.
They lurk in items you’d never dream of containing them. And then when it comes to weigh-in day you are confused as to why it’s not working.
If you’re going to dedicate yourself to the Keto diet you need to double-check pretty much everything for those hidden carbs. And that includes your liquids too.
Yep, I know. I was pretty surprised to learn that a lot of beverages contain carbs too. Was I just being naive?
I thought I’d just be cutting out potatoes and bread, but alas my sugary cocktails and pints of beer were snatched away from my grasp.
But what about my absolute favorite tipsy tipple – prosecco? Could I still drink it? Can you? Let’s find out!
I Have Some Good News
Prosecco is keto-friendly. Yes! Fellow prosecco-drinking low-carb dieters rejoice for prosecco is actually pretty low in carbs.
Now, keep in mind that with all good news comes some bad, and there are conditions to your prosecco drinking.
Typically, a standard 5-ounce serving of the bubbly stuff will contain between 0-7.4 grams of carbohydrates.
So, you’ll need to stick to the styles of Prosecco that are the lowest in carbs. But, hey, Prosecco’s Prosecco, you won’t hear me complaining.
Differing Prosecco Carb Content
Any seasoned veteran Prosecco drinker will already know the six forms of prosecco that are available; Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Dry, and Demi-sec.
Each has its own carb content. Let’s take a quick look.
Per 5-Oz Serving
- Brut Nature – 0-0.4 grams
- Extra Brut – 0 – 0.8 grams
- Brut – 0.8 – 1.7 grams
- Extra Dry – 1.7 – 2.5 grams
- Dry – 2.5 – 4.7 grams
- Demi-Sec – 4.7 – 7.4 grams
- Brut Nature – 0 – 2.25 grams
- Extra Brut – 0 – 4.5 grams
- Brut – 4.5 – 9 grams
- Extra Dry – 9 – 12.7 grams
- Dry – 12.7 – 24 grams
- Demi-Sec – 24 – 37.4 grams
So as you can see, if you’re trying to stick to a low-carb diet, you’ll need to place those Demi-Sec styles back on the shelves and grab yourself a Brut Nature or Extra Brut.
Don’t worry they’re just as bubbly, just as delicious, and give you just as much of a buzz, they are just a bit kinder in terms of carbs!
Why Does Some Prosecco Have More Carbs Than Others?
Okay, so first off, let’s discuss how Prosecco itself is made. Like any other wine, you’ll need grapes. In this instance, it’s Glera grapes.
Then using the Charmat method you’ll follow three processes.
- Process One: Fermentation – The Glera grape juice first gets fermented. Sugar and yeast are added to produce the base of your beverage. This takes around 8-10 days.
- Process Two: Secondary Fermentation – This is where that signature bubble is made. The mixture is fermented again in a pressure-resistant tank.
- Process Three: Bottling – That sweet, sweet bubbly is then filtered and bottled up. Typically a dose of sugar and still wine will also be added to add a little extra sweetness to make it more palatable.
Essentially, that dosage level that is added in the bottling process is what will determine how many carbs lurk in your glass undetected.
The smaller amount of added sugar, the fewer carbs. So think of it this way, the sweeter your Prosecco the higher in carbs it will be.
What Other Drinks Get The Green Light?
So, we can breathe a sigh of relief for Prosecco is fine. But what about other drinks? Let’s take a look at some other beverages that get the green light.
- Any Spirit – Vodka, Gin, Whiskey, you name it. Spirits tend not to contain carbs so you’re good to go. Just be careful with what mixer you choose since most full-fat sugary drinks contain quite a lot of carbs.
- Red/White Wine – Now, you’ll need to consume these in moderation as they do still contain some carbs, but it’s fairly low.
- Coffee – I don’t think I could stick to a low-carb diet if I couldn’t have my morning coffee. But it contains no carbs, so happy days. Just be aware that milk does contain carbs so you may want to drink it black, or opt for unsweetened almond milk instead.
What Other Drinks Get The Red Light?
If you’re trying to stick to a low-carb diet, you’ll need to wave goodbye to these carb-loaded beverages, at least for now.
- Milkshakes – Milkshakes can have upwards of 60 carbs per drink.
- Frappuccino – Yes, I hate to break it to you, but those Starbucks beverages are going to have to go. They contain upwards of 50 carbs.
- Beer – One bottle of beer equates to around seven slices of bread. It has to go in a low-carb diet.
Sticking to a low-carb diet can be pretty hard. You essentially have to say goodbye to a lot of your favorite foods, snacks, and drinks.
But I do come with some good news today – you can continue to tipple on a glass of Prosecco.
Sure, you need to stick to certain types of Prosecco but it’s still a glass of bubbly nonetheless.
So what are you waiting for, run to the store, get out your best glassware and treat yourself to a Brut Nature tonight!