Fiji Bliss

How Many Calories in Kava?

Roots of Being is reader supported. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

Many are switching away from alcohol as a mood-enhancing beverage. This is often due to the mega calories in beer, wine, and sweet cocktails. For those who don’t want those excess carbs, but still want a mind-expanding, mood-altering beverage, is there any option other than slamming straight whiskey or gin? Yes!

Kava tea is a fantastic alternative to these alcoholic drinks. So how many calories in Kava? How many Carbs in Kava? There are almost no calories in kava and no carbs in kava.

Kava is quite a low-carb and low-calorie drink, assuming it is consumed without adjuncts. However, when you start to mix in fruit juices and the like, things can change quickly! 

Let’s dig into the details below.

Calories In Kava, Carbs in Kava Source: Lebot and Cabalion
Calories In Kava, Carbs in Kava Source: Lebot and Cabalion

How Many Calories in Kava? How Many Carbs?

Assuming you’re not mixing kava with any sweetened juices or other beverages the average serving of kava will have close to zero calories and carbs.

We’re talking approximately 10 calories and 0 carbs when it comes to pure kavas prepared the traditional way.

Kava Nutrition: The Details

Let’s dig into the calorie and carb math.

Researchers Lebot and Cabalion did a great study on the makeup of kava in the 1980s (unfortunately not available online for free), and what they found offers good news for those who are watching their calories.

First off, as fresh kava is typically unavailable outside of the Pacific Islands, we are looking today at beverages made from the dried root only, and in this example, we’re talking a traditional ground root such as Dua Na Bilo’s Fijian Waka Kava (reviewed here), as opposed to a Micronized kava.

Dua Na Bilo Premium Fijian Waka Kava Root Powder 16 Oz
Dua Na Bilo Premium Fijian Waka Kava Root Powder 16 Oz
Strong Noble Fijian Kava; Premium Waka from Fiji; Lateral Kava Roots Only; Traditional Grind Heady Kava

Last update on 2022-01-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A typical serving of this kava, in an Aluball (my preferred method of making Kava), would probably be 3 tablespoons of ground root, mixed with a couple of cups of 0 calorie water.

Kavafied AluBall Kava Maker, Noni Green
Kavafied AluBall Kava Maker, Noni Green
THE WORLD'S FIRST KAVA MAKER; A Patent Pending Method and Design for making Kava root drink

Last update on 2022-01-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Very Basic Calorie and Carb Math

If we assume that each tablespoon of ground root weighs 7 grams, then we’re talking 21 grams of kava root total in a serving.

Now let’s add up the starch, sugars, and proteins, which (along with the kavalactones) make up the bulk of what one will imbibe. These make up about 50% of the Kava. So we can take the 21 grams and divide it in half, to get 10.5 grams.

From there, we can multiply by four to find calories, getting at about 40 calories per serving, and about 10.5 carbs.

But wait, what about all that leftover root in the strainer?

What about Filtering?

Unless you’re tossing and washing your Kava (which you should not do), you won’t be consuming nearly that many calories or carbs. Virtually all the starch and fiber stays on the other side of the strainer. These are the bulk of the calorie and carb numbers above.

After subtracting out the leftover root, Kava contains nearly 0 calories and nearly 0 carbs!

Just as black coffee and black tea end up with essentially a zero calorie beverage, Kava works the same.

So Bula, and drink up!

What about Mixers?

The downfall of Kava is the… acquired… taste. I think it’s fair to say that the taste of Kava is pretty awful.

There are various tactics you can use to mask the taste, typically involving fruit juices, honey, coconut milk, chocolate syrup, peppermint, and the like. These adjuncts are almost universally sweet and are often super high-calorie.

These will blow your numbers very quickly. So if you’re watching your calories or carbs, avoid these, even if they do make the Kava taste a lot better!

I find that chasing my Kava with carbonated waters, such as the flavored, but zero calorie Le Croix sparkling water, I have no trouble with the Kava taste.

There’s something about the carbonation sensation that overwhelms the taste buds, and quickly removes the flavor of the Kava from my mouth.

It’s worth trying, and to me is a much better and healthier way of helping get the Kava down than fruit juices and the like.

Conclusion: Guilt-Free Kava!

So go ahead and drink your Kava, and you can stay paleo, whole 30, low carb, keto, low calorie, whatever. Kava is as acceptable under all those diets as coffee is. Drink up guilt-free, but just don’t add those fruit juices and other adjuncts.


45 thoughts on “How Many Calories in Kava?”

  1. That’s pretty much the case, unless you add fruit juices, chocolate, and other calorie and carb-heavy adjuncts to mask the taste.

  2. jennifer cramer

    Awesome. Been drinking it since 2009 except for the last year but drinking it up again because the world has gone nuts because of this dang spncalled

  3. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?
    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any recommendations?

  4. Howdy! I simply would like to offer you a huge thumbs up for the great info you have right here on thispost. I will be returning to your web site for more soon.

  5. Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no
    backup. Do you have any solutions to prevent hackers?

  6. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who has been doing a little homework
    on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner simply because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this issue here on your

  7. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also withthe layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one these days.

  8. Terrific work! This is the type of info that are supposed to be shared around the net.Shame on the search engines for no longer positioning thispublish higher! Come on over and discuss with my website .Thank you =)

  9. Have you ever considered writing an e-book or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have a blog based on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my audience would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me
    an email.

  10. Definitely consider that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be
    on the web the simplest factor to take into account of.
    I say to you, I definitely get annoyed even as folks think about worries that they just
    don’t know about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest as neatly as defined
    out the whole thing without having side effect , folks could take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thank you

  11. Outstanding post but I was wondering if you could write alitte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaboratea little bit more. Bless you!

  12. After looking at a few of the blog posts on your web page, I really appreciate your way of blogging.
    I book-marked it to my bookmark website
    list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my web site too
    and tell me what you think.

  13. Having read this I thought it was very informative.

    I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this informative article together.
    I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and leaving
    comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  14. Hey Τhere. І discovered yоur weblog tһe usage of msn. That iѕ a really well wгitten article.I’ll mаke sure tо bookmark іt аnd come baϲk toгead m᧐гe of your ᥙseful informɑtion. Thank yoս for thepost. I’ll ɗefinitely comeback.

  15. Hi there, I discovered your site by the use of Google whilst searching for a related matter, your web site came up,it seems to be good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.Hello there, just changed into aware of your blogthru Google, and located that it’s really informative.I am gonna watch out for brussels. I will be gratefulwhen you continue this in future. Many other folks shall be benefited out of your writing.Cheers!

  16. Just want to say your article is as surprising.
    The clarity in your post is just great and i could assume you are an expert on this subject.
    Fine with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post.
    Thanks a million and please keep up the enjoyable work.

  17. I am not positive the place you’re getting your information, however great topic.I needs to spend a while learning much moreor working out more. Thanks for great information I was searching for this info for my mission.

  18. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Spending sometime and actual effort to generate a really good article… but whatcan I say… I hesitate a whole lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  19. Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up very fast!What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate linkto your host? I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yourslol

  20. I think what you posted was actually very logical. However, think on this, what if you composed
    a catchier title? I ain’t saying your content isn’t solid,
    but what if you added a post title that makes people want more?
    I mean How Many Calories in Kava? – Roots of Being is kinda boring.

    You should peek at Yahoo’s home page and note how they create news
    headlines to get viewers to open the links. You might try adding a video
    or a pic or two to get people interested about what you’ve written. In my opinion, it
    might make your posts a little livelier.

  21. Hi! I simply wish to give you a huge thumbs up for the great info you have got here on this post.I will be coming back to your web site for more soon.

  22. Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you ever been running a blog for?
    you make blogging glance easy. The total glance of your site is great, as
    smartly as the content!

  23. Hello, i believe that i noticed you visited my web site so i
    came to return the choose?.I am trying to in finding issues to
    enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few
    of your ideas!!

  24. Pingback: Google

  25. you are truly a just right webmaster. The site loading pace is amazing.
    It kind of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick.
    In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you have done
    a wonderful activity in this topic!

  26. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who has been doing a little research on this.
    And he actually ordered me breakfast due to the fact that I discovered it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk
    about this subject here on your web site.

  27. I was suggested this website by my cousin. I am not certain whether this post is written by way of him as no one else recognize such distinct approximately my problem.You’re amazing! Thank you!

  28. Pingback: vape carts

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.