If you used to enjoy your glass of wine before being diagnosed with a fatty liver, you’re surely suffering today because you can no longer have it. But what about alcohol free wine and fatty liver? Is that something that is allowed to have?
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 anything with alcohol in it. It’s been six years now and I am still not touching alcohol, not even a glass of beer or wine. Why risk it?
This is one of the most important things you should 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 and see how will this change our approach to drinking.
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 a glass of wine during a nice dinner with my family.
Now, so many years after touching any type of alcohol, I am definitely missing it, especially since everybody around you won’t stop having at least a bit of their favorite beverage…
As I result, I sometimes allow myself to enjoy 0% alcohol beer – especially during the cold summer days – but without going crazy. There is a link at the bottom of this article that you can follow to read more about beer.
But back to today’s topic, I have to admit that I only learned that alcohol free wine exists a few years after being diagnosed with my fatty liver (and reversing it). This can really be a game changer for most of us – but especially you wine lovers out there!
The problem with most alcoholic drinks 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… while sometimes even getting a few of the benefits of the said beverage (if any).
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 read during my research – as well as my own experience with non alcoholic wine and beer – tell me that it’s safe as long as you have it with moderation, every now and then.
I even read a study that found out that non alcoholic wine is healthier than regular wine, having even better positive effects in lowering blood pressure, for example, than alcoholic wine, as well as coming with other heart-related benefits. Great news!
It makes sense, too: 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 when the alcohol is removed. We do have alcohol for various reasons, but never its health benefits!
Can you drink alcohol free wine if you suffer from a fatty liver?
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.
I drank alcohol free wine and had no problems. I have reversed my fatty liver since being diagnosed, so the alcohol free beverages definitely didn’t make it impossible for me to heal my 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” deal.
However, I don’t find the taste of non-alcoholic wine terrible and it’s definitely better than my regular lemon-water or plain water that I am having. After a few years of not touching wine, even the alcohol free one will taste acceptable.
Even better, some are much better than others: it is all a matter of trying various brands and options out there to see what works for you. But definitely don’t expect to find something to taste exactly like “real” wine.
The ones that I’ve tried were also tested by my wife (who still drinks alcohol socially) and she agreed that although not spectacular by any means, most of these wines are at least drinkable, if not pretty 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.
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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. You can definitely try other options and find the ones that you enjoy the most.
These would be my thoughts about non alcoholic wine, as well as 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 – it’s better than nothing, though!
If you enjoy drinking beer instead of wine, I wrote an article about that too so make sure to read my thoughts about drinking beer with a fatty liver.
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 from them.