Maybe you’ve seen it on the shelves at your local supermarket, or heard about the hype surrounding low-carbohydrate food options. Maybe you’re even tempted to give one of them a try, but is low-carb beer really the alcoholic beverage of the health-conscious future?
To put it bluntly: no.
Low-carb beer isn’t false advertising, per se. It really does have around a quarter of the carbohydrate content of regular beer. The issue however, is that beer isn’t a high-carb drink to begin with. A bottle of regular beer contains around 9g of carbohydrates (a bottle of low-carb beer contains around 2g), which is less than the amount of carbohydrates that a typical soft drink (10g) or a glass of milk (12g) contains, so unless beer makes up a majority of your daily carbohydrate intake, it’s unlikely to make much of a difference at all.
To add insult to injury, low-carb beer isn’t much better for your diet overall than regular beer. One of the main reasons why beer is unhealthy for you is the amount of calories from alcohol it contains. Since low-carb beer is similar in alcohol content to regular beer, switching over won’t do your diet any favours. In fact, many people make the mistake of increasing the amount of low-carb beer they drink (as opposed to how much regular beer they would usually drink) because they don’t know better.
At the end of the day, alcohol is still alcohol, regardless of its carbohydrate content. Your liver will still have to work as hard when it comes to flushing the alcohol out of the body and an overconsumption can still lead to a hangover and even alcohol poisoning. Don’t let the low-carb label fool you into thinking that it’s some kind of health food.
In conclusion, low-carb beer doesn’t work, and isn’t drastically more or less healthy than regular beer. If you’re looking for healthier options, lowering your overall alcohol intake is still your best shot.