Treating yourself to a cold beer when observing the keto diet may seem pretty impossible. However, it’s worth mentioning that this idea is actually closer to reality than you may think, as many mass beer brands offer lighter brews which go low on the calories and the carbs.
And while these beers aren’t necessarily nutritious by any means, they still can function as a good occasional treat after a long workweek. However, it’s always important to be careful of how much beer you actually consume when observing the keto diet, as too many carbs can throw a wrench in your hard-earned ketosis.
To put a finger on all those keto-safe beers, we spoke to an expert about the topic to help you make the best beer decisions possible. From lager to IPA, below are some options definitely worth keeping in mind.
There are thousands of different beers on the market— imported and domestic, craft and microbrew,” suggested Kyndra Holley, author of best-selling cookbooks Keto Happy Hour, Cravable Keto, and 30 Minute Ketogenic Cooking.
While many people following a strict low-carb, keto diet omit gluten altogether, there are many that do not and still enjoy the occasional beer, she said. The trick here is to consume low-carb beers, she explained, as they can quench your thirst and keep the calorie consumption to a minimum.
Holley told INSIDER that Miller Lite is definitely a good beer to try on your next cheat day, as this American-style light lager contains 96 calories and 3.2 carbs (12 US Fl.oz) per serving. This lighter beer also contains no sugar.
Like Miller Light, Holley explained that Bud Select 55 can also be another suitable beer choice for keto loyalists to try, as this golden lager only contains 55 calories and 1.8g carbs.
Boasting only 2.6 carbs, Holley said that the Michelob ULTRA line is another good beer choice, as it has only 95 calories per serving. And if you are looking for a Michelob beer with an even lower carb-count, it’s worth mentioning that the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold organic light lager, as also worth trying, as it contains just 2.5 grams of carbs and 85 calories.
Holley noted that Coors is another brand to give a chance, as it’s Coors Light American-style light lager contains a low ABV and just 5.0 carbs. And while it does have a higher calorie count (contains 102 calories), it can still be good for an occasional treat.
Holley also recommended trying Heineken Light if you’re into smoother beers with hints of citrus, as it contains 99 calories and 7 grams of carbs.
Next time you whip up some keto-friendly tacos, you can pair it with this lager, as Holley explained that it contains 99 calories and only 5 grams of carbs, making it a nice occasional beer choice..
Don’t shy away from gluten-free beer.
Holley did stress the importance of being aware that most beers available for purchase aren’t gluten-free. So, if you’re looking for a good gluten-free beer option, she advised checking out brands like Omission (the Omission Light beer only contains 99 calories and 5 carbs) that are crafted to remove gluten.