You’ll notice that rum bottles don’t have nutrition facts, and if you go searching online for something like “how many carbs in rum?” you’ll get a wide variety of answers.
Which one is true? Is Bacardi Select 0 carb, or is it 1 carb per ounce? I still have no idea, but straight rum is very low carb – if not zero carb.
I recently bought a bottle of Bacardi Select myself, along with a bottle of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum – both after a quick search brought up low carb forums stating that rum was a no / low carb alcohol.
The closest I have come to a straight answer is this “fact” that originally came from the Captain Morgan website (but is no longer there): “Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum contains approximately 75 calories per 1 1/4 oz serving size, 0 grams of fat and .4 grams of carbohydrates.”
No worries in my book – it’s obviously a very low carb alcohol, and one I like, so I’m okay with not knowing the exact carb count. That said, there IS something you should think seriously about before mixing a drink if you’re on a low carb diet…
The Alcohol Stall
When you’re eating low carb, you generally lose weight very fast. Noticing pounds lost almost daily even, if not weekly. But when you drink, even low carb alcohol, you get something called “the alcohol stall”.
Sometimes you’ll see a small weight loss immediately since liquor is a diuretic, but then the weight will come back and “stall” for several days. This is because your body has to burn the alcohol before it burns other things you had during and since the drink(s). Your body will STOP burning fat until your body burns off the alcohol.
As long as you know that upfront, and don’t mind, there’s no real harm having a Rum & Diet Coke now and then, or my new personal favorite: Rum & hazelnut coffee.