31 March 2022
SAKE KETO DIET
Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage that's commonly served with sushi. Some people refer to it as rice wine, but the brewing process differs from wine. Sake is made by fermenting rice, while wine is made by fermenting fruit.
The keto diet which restricts your total daily carbs to 20 50 grams means you have to be careful when eating out or grabbing a drink. Luckily, sake fits into the keto diet and is even considered beneficial in some ways.
This article reviews whether sake can help you lose weight and what other health benefits it offers.
What exactly is sake? And what makes a sake keto?
Let's start with the first question: What is sake?
Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice, koji (rice that has been inoculated with a mold called Aspergillus oryzae), yeast, and water. The main difference between sake and wine is that sake is brewed like beer, but made from rice instead of barley or wheat.
In short, sake and keto don't mix. Alcohol, in general, shouldn't be consumed during a ketogenic diet.
A high-fat diet is very effective at suppressing appetite and sugar cravings. But when you consume alcohol, those feelings of hunger come back stronger than ever. Alcohol also lowers inhibitions and makes you more likely to reach for junk food, which can derail your weight loss efforts.
On top of all that, alcohol has a significant impact on your blood sugar levels. Beer and wine have carbohydrates which will raise blood sugar levels. Liquor doesn't have any carbs, but it still raises blood sugar levels as the liver converts ethanol into glucose. Fortunately, there are some alcohol alternatives that won't kick you out of ketosis.
"Are you on the keto diet?"
This is the question my friend, a registered dietitian and educator, gets asked most often these days.
"Many of my patients inquire about keto," she says, "but only a few are actually on it." She recently wrote a blog post about whether or not alcohol is allowed on keto. Her verdict? With a few exceptions, it's not.
"Sake doesn't fall into those few exceptions," she says. Sake is made from fermented rice, which means it's high in carbs and therefore off-limits for the keto diet.
Drinking sake is keto-approved, as long as you choose a lower-carb option.
If you're looking to stick to a low-carb diet, it can be hard to find an alcoholic drink that fits the bill. Sake is a traditional Japanese drink made from fermented rice. The process of making sake leads to an alcoholic beverage with low carbs and zero fat.
Although some sakes are made with added sugar and starches, these are usually called "sweet" or "dessert" sakes and are not commonly consumed in the U.S.
This article reviews the carb content of sake and whether it's suitable for low-carb diets like the ketogenic (keto) diet.
Benefits of sake
Sake, which is made from rice, contains more amino acids than any other alcoholic drink. Its main ingredients include glucose, fructose and proteins.
Sake contains the enzymes needed to break down proteins and revitalises the body. It also helps with digestion and has a cleansing effect on the digestive system.
Sake is rich in vitamins B1 and B2, which improve blood circulation and stimulate the brain. It is also high in potassium, sodium and amino acids, as well as magnesium, which helps prevent heart disease by stopping calcium from clogging up blood vessels.