You might be surprised to discover that some of the drinks within the Tabooze range contains small amounts of alcohol.  Mostly in the beer category, but let’s walk through this and unravel what it means.

The definition of ‘alcohol free’ varies quite a lot across countries and even between states in Australia.  It is standardly accepted that 0.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) is the standard baseline to be labelled ‘alcohol free’ or ‘non-alcoholic’.

Which everyday foods contain alcohol?

  • Vinegars usually have between 0.3% – 0.4%. Wine based vinegars might have more.
  • Check your mustard jars – if it states wine as ingredient – it is going to contain alcohol.
  • All Kikkoman soy sauces contain about 1.5% ABV
  • Of 239 samples of Kombucha and water-based kefir from around Australia tested – around 41% of Australian made kombucha contains more than 0.5% ABV and 36.7% of the kefir samples had alcohol content alcohol content of 0.5% and 1.15% ABV.
  • All samples of dairy-based kefir demonstrated an alcohol content <0.5% ABV.
  • Toothpaste, mouthwash (unless labelled otherwise), breath spray & liquid medicines all contain trace amounts of alcohol.
  • Vanilla extract usually contains quite high levels of alcohol. This is usually cooked off and we don’t use large amount of it in our recipes – but good to know if you are trying to avoid alcohol completely.
  • Ripe bananas contain around 0.4% ABV

“Furthermore, alcohol is a constituent of fermented food such as bread or yogurt and “non-fermented” food such as fruit juices.” Yes, bread!  Think about it.  It contains similar ingredients to beer – yeast, grains, water.  Alcohol is a by product when bread is rising.  Most of it is cooked out when the bread is baked, but trace amounts remain. Some burger rolls used in fast food chains contain around 1.28% ABV.

This might be pretty upsetting if you are trying to totally avoid alcohol, but did you know that our bodies are also producing ethanol (alcohol) every day.  The bodily process is called endogenous ethanol production.2  It is important to know what your triggers are and where you want that line in the sand to be.

The Tabooze beer range contains less than 0.5% ABV and at 0.5% ABV you cannot get drunk.  This level equates to around half a teaspoon of alcohol per 600ml and our bodies can effectively process that between (alcohol free) drinks. And if you are worried about ruining your sober streak think about why you have given up alcohol.  Is it about putting a ripe banana in your smoothie for a healthy breakfast or the bottle of wine downed of an evening?  For my own peace of mind, it is about the latter.  I drink my alcohol free beers guilt-free because for me, they are much better choice than what I used to do.  And if you were wondering – I also add vanilla extract to my smoothies.

However, if you are abstaining because you are pregnant, for cultural or health reasons then it is better to avoid alcohol free beers completely.  There are so many fantastic zero proof drinks available on the market now that you won’t feel like you are missing out.  Check out our distillations and the wines too.


  1. Coordinated survey of alcohol content and labelling of fermented soft drinks – Summary – food standards Australia 2019
  2. https://www.temperance.club/articles/alcohol-in-everyday-food-items
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