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Alcohol is one of those things. It is persistent in our culture and almost a foregone conclusion that we will be having some soon. This age-old identity with alcohol has been challenged by a number of individuals and institutions as of late. The resistance against mommy wine culture and daddy beer culture is just about won. This should be celebrated, especially as we are leaning the effect alcohol has on the body and mind. Luckily our options have been growing. 

Over the past couple of years increasing numbers of alcohol-free spirits hit the shelves. Not all of these are equally alcohol free, no matter the legal claim that is being made. Legally, in the United States, and other countries as well, any product with 0.5%ABV can legally claim it is alcohol free. This designation is due to the idea that you cannot get “drunk” on a product with so little alcohol. It is also the amount of alcohol you may find is fermented foods, such as kombucha. The problem remains though, are there benefits to ingesting this amount of alcohol? When it comes to kombucha, or other fermented foods and beverages, that is a yes. Due to the bacteria benefits that you receive from the product the body is being aided and the alcohol, like sugar in fruit, can be seen as “good.”

The problem we face with Alcohol Free products that are not alcohol free is that the same argument cannot always be applied. Without the beneficial aspects of fermented foods, beverages that have a 0.5%ABV only weaken the body, with no gains. The ability to get drunk on a product is not the point of the label “Alcohol-Free.”

When you’re looking for true alcohol alternatives, don’t settle for those that only weaken your system. Great tasting options that will give your 0 Proof Cocktails the kick and burn you’re looking for are out there, and with absolutely no alcohol. ArKay has been producing Alcohol Free Options since 2011 and today their products sell around the world to the most demanding mixologists.

When choosing to have an alcohol free beverage you are going to want to make sure it is indeed alcohol free. There is no reason to compromise your health for a loophole in labeling.

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