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What Not to Drink During Keto

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The rule of thumb for Ketogenic diet is that all sweet and starchy foods are to be avoided. Generally, high carb foods in liquid form are the worst, because the sugar hits the bloodstream very quickly. Avoid the following:

Remember that ketosis is a measurable state of metabolism, not just an idea or methodology. This means that foods labeled “keto” or “not-keto” really can’t be definitive. The only way to know is to eat foods that you think will put you in ketosis and then test your ketone levels. Anything less is guessing, which is literally like showing up to the basketball court and taking a three-point shot, and then closing your eyes and trying to tell if it went in.

Milk, especially skim and 1%. Milk is full of lactose, a type of sugar. Fermented milk products like cheese and yogurt have less lactose because the bacteria used to ferment the milk eats up all the lactose during the fermentation process. Across the world, dairy products have become an essential part of dietary recommendations for a variety of nutrient needs and health benefits, due to their long-standing history throughout cultures and populations. Today, perceptions of lactose intolerance, misinformation about milk manufacturing practices and attempts to cut fat and calories to lose weight are challenging our paradigms about the health and safety of dairy products and consumers are often confronted with conflicting dietary advice. However, it is important to note that the potential long-term harmful consequences of dairy avoidance conflict with perceived advantages of avoiding dairy products. It remains more important than ever to include dairy as a daily part of healthy dietary patterns. Milk is also in the list of ‘beverages to be avoided’, only because milk is not good for the process of ketosis.

Non-diet sodas: Sweetened soda pop or soft drinks are probably the most damaging food product around. They contain large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is extremely damaging to your liver, plus all kinds of other chemicals not so good for you. And it's easy to consume many of them in one day. Remember that your blood stream normally has about 1 teaspoon of sugar in it.  When you drink a sugared soda, you are taking in about 20 teaspoons of sugar all at once.

Several beverages add carbohydrates to your diet.

·        A 1-cup serving of orange juice would normally provide about 30 g of carbohydrates.

·        The same-sized serving of skim milk contains about 12 g.

·        Energy drinks are also typically high in carbohydrates; a 16-oz. can of Monster Assault energy drink, for example, contains about 27 g of this nutrient.

·        Tea, instant, sweetened with sugar, lemon-flavored, without added ascorbic acid, powder -  A typical serving of 1 cup (or 182g), Carbohydrate nutritional content is 179.36 g.

Beers, as they are made from grain. There are low carb beers, but since you only have so many carbs per day, you have to decide if you want to spend them on beer.

When you are planning to switch to a ketogenic diet, there are going to be different food items that keep coming to your mind, as a replacement to your current high carb food. Just so you don’t have to get on to the internet for every item that you see at the store or in the kitchenit is good to have a handy list of the most common high carb foods which should be consciously, constantly and absolutely avoided on a low carb, ketogenic diet. The list may not contain all foods which are high carb, but it will give you an idea about how to judge a food for general carbohydrate content.

Juices made from fruit and vegetables should be avoided. Juicing just concentrates the sugars in the original plant product; it's like drinking sugar water.  It also discards the fibre which could slow down the effect of the sugar on your blood glucose levels.


Sweet or Dessert wines such as Icewine, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, Ruster Ausbruch, Moscato, Riesling. These are high in sugar. Dry wines are okay in moderation, but if you drink any kind of alcohol on this diet, make sure you have a meal with it.  Alcohol and ketosis don't mix well.