Q: Is it true that I can't drink wine on the keto diet?—Stacy
A: The ketogenic (or "keto") diet—originally intended to address specific medical conditions—is centered on the idea of putting your body in the metabolic state of ketosis, which is when the body doesn't have enough carbohydrates, so it burns fat instead for energy.
The low-carbohydrate requirement isn't an end-all for wine lovers, though the strict budget might have you doing some mental math to see how much you can "afford" to drink. "Some keto proponents recommend less than 20 grams [of carbs] per day," registered dietician Tracy Beckerman told Wine Spectator. A 5-ounce glass of dry white or red wine contains about 3 to 4 grams of carbs, making it a better option than most beers, and a far better choice than mixed drinks such as rum and cola, which can clock in at upwards of 20 grams of carbs per serving. However, note that alcohol may stall fat burning until it has been burned first for fuel.
As with any diet, consult your doctor, keep track of what you're drinking, drink in moderation and, above all, make sure your eating plan is right for your personal wellness goals. For more expert advice about how wine can fit into your eating plans, read 5 Popular Diets that Allow Wine.