Is Vodka Keto?

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Vodka is a clean and odourless distilled liquor that’s made from grains or potatoes. It has a standard ABV of 40% and is popularly used in cocktails and mixed drinks. So, can you drink vodka on the keto diet? How many carbs are there in a serving of vodka?

Is Vodka Keto-Friendly?

Vodka is a pure form of alcohol which makes it carb-free. It’s a better alternative to regular beer and sweet wines if you want to increase your chances of staying in ketosis. Stay away from flavored vodka as this contains carbohydrates.

Carbs in Vodka

1 fl oz serving of vodka has zero carbs(1). It has no nutritional value and is also very low in calories. If you’re on keto and need a carb-free drink without robbing you of any of the fun with friends, vodka is a good choice.

Fats in Vodka

1 fl oz serving of vodka has zero fat content(2). Vodka has nothing other than ethanol and water. Since vodka has no fat, you can meet your dietary fat by consuming a keto-friendly meal or snack before drinking alcohol. This will also help delay alcohol absorption and reduce the likelihood of unhealthy food binges later on.

Protein in Vodka

1 fl oz serving of vodka has zero protein content(3). You can, however, meet your protein intake for the day by eating a meal or snack with protein like eggs, meat, and greek yogurt. This will also keep you satiated and reduce the effects of alcohol.

Calories in Vodka

1 fl oz serving of vodka has only 64 calories(4). As a low-calorie alcoholic drink, you won’t have to worry so much about gaining weight while enjoying an occasional glass on keto.

Summary

There you have it. Vodka is keto-friendly liquor with no carbs, fat, and protein. It’s also low in calories. Surely, you’ll be able to find lots of vodka options out there. One last tip: If you want flavored vodka, then opt for a low-carb mixer.

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Tiffany Joy Yamut, RN
Tiffany Joy Yamut, RN
Tiffany earned her BS nursing degree in 2012 and got certified as a nutritionist in 2017. She loves writing, experimenting with new keto meals, taking food photos, and doing HIIT workouts. She’s been featured in Verywell Health, Smart Fitness Expert, and other top health and wellness websites. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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