Is Tequila Keto?

Tequila is a popular alcoholic drink, especially among celebrities. It’s made from the blue agave plant which is native to Mexico. There are different types of tequila available, which affect its colors, such as Blanco, Joven, Reposado, and Añejo.

Is Tequila Keto-Friendly?

Yes. Since tequila is a pure form of alcohol, it’s carb-free and keto-friendly. You can drink tequila straight for a zero carb option or prefer to use a low-carb mixer to infuse some flavor.

Carbs in Tequila

1 fl oz of tequila has 0g of carbs (1). Like gin rum, and vodka, tequila is carb-free. Additionally, it has about 40% alcohol in a single shot. When choosing tequila, it’s best to drink it straight with just a lime wedge. Or for a flavorful and refreshing cocktail, just add low-carb flavored sparkling water and monk fruit sweetener to keep the carbs low.

Fats in Tequila

1 fl oz of tequila has 0g of fat (1). While there’s no fat in tequila, you can meet your fat requirements for the day by consuming a meal with fat prior to drinking. Doing this will also slow alcohol absorption in your body.

Protein in Tequila

1 fl oz of tequila has 0g of protein (1). It’s definitely not a source of protein, which is why you need to ensure that you meet your protein needs for the day through meals and snacks like eggs, meat, fish, and protein-rich Greek yogurt.

Calories in Tequila

1 fl oz of tequila contains 64 calories (1). Note that all these calories come from alcohol, except for tequila drinks with additional ingredients like juice, sparkling water, and mint leaves.

Summary

If you need zero carb or low-carb alcohol choices, tequila is one of them. You won’t go wrong with tequila on a keto diet as long as you opt for the ones that are pure or use only low-carb mixers and ingredients (if you want to make your own keto-friendly tequila cocktail at home).

References:

  • FatSecret. Calories in Tequila and Nutrition facts
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