Sake is a fermented drink from Japan. Its unique taste makes the rice wine more and more popular. But can sake be suitable for low-carb and keto due to its carbs?
Find out in this article and more!
Is Sake Keto?
Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage often referred to as rice wine.
Sake is made from rice, yeast, and water. The mixture is fermented, and the yeast helps convert the contents of the rice into alcohol.
Sake has been part of Japanese culture for centuries and is usually enjoyed when people gather to celebrate.
Rice wine can be drunk hot or cold. Its range in quality and price goes from cheap to luxuriously expensive.
Since the main ingredient is rice, a high-carbohydrate food, the legitimate question is whether sake can be suitable for low-carb diets like the keto diet.
To find out, we need to look closely at the nutritional information.
Carbs in Sake
Rice has a reputation for being a high-carbohydrate side dish. But we know that fermentation usually has positive effects on food. Can it reduce the drink to a manageable carbohydrate content when combined with water in sake?
The nutritional information will tell us what amounts we can drink.
How Many Carbohydrates per Fl Oz of Sake?
One fluid ounce of commercial sake provides the following average nutritional values (*):
- Energy: 39 calories
- Protein: 0.15 grams
- Fat: 0.0 grams
- Carbohydrates: 1.5 grams
- Dietary fiber: 0.0 grams
- Net carbs: 1.5 grams
The nutritional information is clear. Rice wine also has carbohydrates. Thus, the dosage depends on whether sake can still fit into a ketogenic diet.
Finally, sake is drunk in moderation and not served in large glasses.
Is Sake Keto-Friendly?
Sake is suitable for keto in moderation.
Hot sake is served in a small bottle (tokkuri) and poured into a cup (ochoko) resembling a shot glass.
An ochoko is usually 30 to 90 ml in size. Therefore, depending on the size of the cup, it contains an average of between 1.5 and 4.5 grams of net carbohydrates.
This means that a person can drink up to 5 large or 15 small cups of rice wine without exceeding the daily limit of carbohydrates for ketosis.
Of course, we’re assuming you’re not adding any other carbs.
How Much Alcohol Is in Sake?
The alcohol content of rice wine is generally 14-16%, which is slightly higher than regular wine.
Wine usually has an alcohol content of 12-14%, while spirits like vodka and rum have an average of 40% alcohol.
Still, clear spirits with no mixed drinks and wines with manageable residual sugar are the types of alcohol you can enjoy in moderation on keto.
Sake falls between these common alcoholic beverages and is therefore acceptable on keto and low carb.
Remember that alcohol can keep your liver from performing critical metabolic functions.
The bottom line is that sake occasionally fits into a low-carb diet.
So if you want to enjoy a cup of sake now and then at your favorite Japanese restaurant with company or friends, there’s nothing wrong with it.
Ketogenic diets are no slouch if you know how your body works. You can find the knowledge you need in my keto section.
Carbs in Sake: Keto FAQ
Is sake allowed on keto?
Sake is allowed in moderation on keto.
Are there carbs in sake?
Yes, there are carbs in sake.
How many net carbs are in sake?
One shot of sake has 1.5 to 4.5 net carbs.
Does sake have more carbs than wine?
Sake has slightly more carbs than dry wine.
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