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What can you drink when eating LCHF?

Water is the first choice – choose water as often as you can.

Carbonated water is also fine but beware of the flavoured versions that have appeared recently – some contain sweeteners or fruit juice, so be sure to read the ingredients list.

If you’re used to drinking soft drinks, it’s best to stop altogether rather than opting for the light variants sweetened with sweeteners. On the one hand, sweeteners are not very good for your body, and on the other, they can make it difficult to get rid of your sweet tooth.

Milk contains a limited amount of carbohydrates (5% for standard full-fat milk) but is careful not to overload the total amount of carbohydrates.

5% carbohydrates mean that one dl of milk contains 5 grams of carbohydrates. A large glass of milk is then almost as much carbohydrate as you should eat in a whole day if you want to lose weight.

Many people settle for a splash of milk in their coffee and avoid drinking milk precisely because it is so high in carbohydrates.

You can drink coffee and tea if you want. Coffee contains a small number of carbohydrates (0.3%), tea contains no carbohydrates at all. Be careful with the milk, and if you want to drink a latte, for example, it can be much milk and many carbohydrates. Instead of milk, you can choose cream, cream diluted with a little water or eggnog. If you want, you can also drink LCHF coffee, which contains no milk at all but looks and tastes like coffee with milk.

Avoid drinking fruit juices as they contain high carbohydrates, mainly in the form of fructose.

Beer is also not something to recommend in an LCHF diet. Beer contains maltose quickly absorbed by the body, and 20-40% of the engine comes from carbohydrates (depending on the alcohol content).

Wine is fine to drink on occasion. It is important not to choose wines that are too sweet. Systembolaget has information on the sugar content of its products.

Alcohol is fine if you choose varieties that are not sweetened. For example, vodka contains 0% carbohydrates, but alcohol consumption (all drinks containing alcohol). The nutritionist has a good page on alcohol and weight.

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