Ever since I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver back in 2014 and even after I managed to reverse my fatty liver, I did not drink any alcohol. This is one of the most important things you should also do in order to reverse your NAFLD because alcohol is bad for your fatty liver. Period. But in this article we’re going to talk about alcohol free wine and fatty liver!
The problem is that, before being diagnosed, I enjoyed a drink here and there. I was mostly drinking beer to be honest, but I’d always find time to enjoy drinking a glass of wine. And, after a couple of years of not tasting any beer or wine, you start to miss it especially since the people around you don’t stop drinking it…
I knew and drank alcohol free beer every now and then and I must admit I got used with its taste and find it enjoyable now, but I had no idea until very recently that alcohol free wine exists. But it does and I was extremely happy to find out about it – so happy that I had to share this with you.
The problem with most alcoholic drinks out there is that the alcohol itself can cause a lot of damage to the liver and put extra, unnecessary pressure on it. However, if you remove the alcohol from the equation, you can drink the beverage and fool yourself that you’re having the real thing.
I must say that I wasn’t able to find a lot of information regarding the safety of drinking alcohol free wine when having a fatty liver, but everything I found – as well as my own experience with non alcoholic wine and beer – tell me that it’s safe. I even read a study recently that found out that non alcoholic wine had even better positive effects in lowering blood pressure, for example, than alcoholic wine.
It makes sense: any positive effects these drinks have on one’s health are not caused by the alcohol, but other components, which should normally be the same even if the alcohol is removed. Which is a good thing.
So can you drink alcohol free wine if you suffer from a fatty liver?
Yes. I am not a doctor, as I keep saying, I am a patient. But I’ve had no problems over the years drinking alcohol-free beverages and this makes me believe that they are completely safe for fatty liver.
Don’t overdo it, though: even if it’s non alcoholic, wine does have a lot of calories and usually carbohydrates as well, so you should always watch your portion. I recommend trying to stick to just one or two glasses a week and even fewer if there’s really no need to do it. Drink it to enjoy it, drink it with moderation and it will be an even more pleasant experience!
What alcohol free wine is the best?
Unfortunately, unlike the non alcoholic beer that manages to taste pretty much the same as regular beer, I wasn’t able to find a non alcoholic wine to taste exactly like the “real” one. However, I don’t find the taste terrible and it’s definitely better than my regular lemon-water.
The ones that I’ve tried were also tested by my wife and she agreed that although usually not spectacular, most of them are at least drinkable, if not really good!
So here are a couple of recommendations (there are really not a ton of options) for the best alcohol free wine to try if you have a fatty liver.
For our US readers, I can recommend the following:
For our readers from the UK and Europe, I can recommend the following:
Note: The recommendations above are based on different Amazon store locations in order to keep the shipping costs to a minimum. Some of the wines might still have traces of alcohol (0.05%)
So these would be my thoughts about non alcoholic wine and my recommendations. I am sharing these with you because I had no idea that this was an option and that alcohol free wine even existed. If you’re in the same spot as I was, you’ll probably be very happy to hear that you do have options, even though limited!
IMPORTANT NOTE: I have to say this again: I am NOT a doctor and even though I had no problems drinking alcohol free beverages and I don’t think other people suffering from NAFLD would, make sure to talk to your doctor about this. Fatty liver, in some cases, goes hand in hand with diabetes (which is not my case) and in that case even non alcoholic wine could be out of question. So if in doubt, make sure to bring this up on your next visit to the doctor and if you have diabetes, don’t drink anything until you get the OK!