Turns out, wine can fit into your healthy eating goals, even if you're going low carb.

Lauren Wicks
November 04, 2019

Whether or not there are actual health benefits of wine is a pretty controversial topic in the nutrition world, but when consumed in moderation it certainly can have a place in a healthy diet. Even the Mediterranean Diet—voted the Best Diet of 2019 by experts—allows for (and encourages) a little vino. And even if you're following a low-carb diet, you can still sip on some too.

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There are several big brands out there that cater to low-carb dieters, such as FitVine and SkinnyGirl, but there are many other wines that are just naturally low-carb. For the most part, the sweeter the wine, the more sugar (and carbs) would be in your cup. Mixed drinks made with sugary mixers—think sodas, tropical drinks, margaritas and most frozen cocktails—are going to be higher in carbs than wine. Wine is actually a pretty safe bet for people following low-carb diets. If you have diabetes and are taking medication, you may want to talk to your doctor about drinking since alcohol can affect your blood sugar.

We searched through the most widely popular wine varieties in the U.S. to find the best low-carb options that fit (pretty much) any diet plan.

Related: 30 Healthy Low-Carb Foods to Eat

Reds

Red wine aficionados have it pretty easy when it comes to finding a low-carb wine. While you want to steer clear of sweet dessert wines—like port, sherry or moscato—sweet red wine production is on the decline and most popular reds are yours for the sipping.

  1. Syrah (4 grams)
  2. Merlot (4 grams)
  3. Cabernet sauvignon (4 grams)
  4. Pinot noir (3 grams)
  5. Zinfandel (4 grams)

Related: 5 Most Popular Wines

Whites

Sweet white wine is more popular, so it's important to watch out for those sugary varieties when following a low-carb diet. Luckily, some of the most popular white wines are also low in carbohydrates.

  1. Chardonnay (3 grams)
  2. Pinot grigio (3 grams)
  3. Sauvignon blanc (3 grams)

Related: 7 Things You Shouldn't Do on a Low-Carb Diet, According to Dietitians

Sparkling

Sparkling wine and Champagne are probably the best choices for serious low-carb fans, as the drier varieties have less than 2 grams per serving. Check out Wine Folly's Champagne Sweetness Scale to help you find the best option for you.

  1. Extra Brut Champagne (1 gram)
  2. Brut Prosecco (2 grams)

Related: What's the Difference between Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine?

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