If you’ve been making an effort to cut back on carbs, you know that beer has a huge amount of them. The last thing you want to do after spending a week cutting carbs and working out is to undo all that hard work and dedication with a few beers over the weekend. Take a look into low carb beer to stay on the path you’ve started on and do it right.
Low Carb vs. Regular Beer
Low carb drinks offer fewer calories, a lower amount of carbs, and a life without a beer belly. The average, regular 12-ounce beer has about 145 calories and 11 grams of carbs.
Budweiser has 145 calories, and 10.6 grams of carbs and Blue Moon has 171 calories and 13.7 grams of carbs.
Alternatively, low carb beers will have about 100 calories and 2 grams of carbs in a 12-ounce bottle. Budweiser Select, the brewery’s flagship option for cutting beer carbs and has only 55 calories and 1.9 grams of carbs.
When looking for a great low carb beer option, keep your eye out for a few words on the label to steer you in the right direction.
Look for words like “light” or “select.”
Keystone Light has 104 calories and 5 grams of carbs.
If you’re looking for the highest alcohol content, although the difference is negligible, you’ll get that from Budweiser Select or Busch Light.
Budweiser Select boasts a sweet, barley and honey-flavored taste. Busch Light is smooth, with accent notes of corn and barley.
Why Switch to Low Carb Beer?
If you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage purely based on its carb content, don’t grab a beer. Beer has carbs, even at its lowest point. But if you’re looking to enjoy the refreshing effect and flavor of your favorite beverage at a lower carb point and in a healthier way, low carb beer makes a great alternative.
Also, consider how much you’re going to be drinking. If you want to enjoy one, perfect drink to cap a long day at work, a little regular beer in moderation won’t hurt you.
However, if you’re planning to tailgate all day and be drinking for hours, then switching to a low carb alternative can help you from going too overboard on your carbs and calorie content.
Boost the Flavor
You’ll notice some flavor difference when you opt for a low carb alternative as opposed to your normal beer. If you find yourself missing the punch of flavor you enjoyed with regular beer, there are a few things you can do to boost the flavor and your overall enjoyment.
When choosing a beer that is low in carbs, ensure it’s refreshingly cold. Drink it straight from the fridge for maximum enjoyment. Pour it out of the bottle or can and into a glass, a frosted mug is a plus, and allow the foam to settle. Squeeze a wedge of fresh lime into your glass to further boost the flavor.