Glycemic Index for Carbohydrates and Other Foods
Reprinted by permission from Bill Faloon of the LIfe Extension Foundation
Pure alcohol (scotch, vodka, rum, gin, etc.) contains no carbohydrates, despite what it is made from. However, alcohol contains 7 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram for protein, 4 for carbs, and 9 for fat. Liqueurs, such as Amaretto and Kahlua, on the other hand, are high in carbohydrates because of the added sugars. Another danger comes from the mixers used in cocktails, many of which have high sugar contents (colas, juices, tonic, margarita mix, etc.).
One odd fact is that, under certain circumstances, alcohol can actually cause a low blood sugar reaction. If blood sugar is low and food is not eaten, plain alcohol alone may prevent the body's natural, protective response to hypoglycemia. In other words, when the body wants to release stored glycogen (sugar) to combat low blood sugar levels, alcohol prevents it from doing so.
The University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter, August 2004 gives a good explanation of the alcohol / low carb myth below:
Featured Article -- August 2004
Alcohol and the Low-Carb Myth
In the never-never land of diet hype, something new is on the scene. Some alcoholic beverages are labeled for carbohydrate and calorie content with many of them boasting of low carbs (both wine and beer) and no carbs (liquor). You may not have noticed the labels yet, but they are either in the marketplace already or in the offing. The labeling of beer, wine, and the hard stuff for calorie content is not a bad idea. It is useful to know the caloric content of anything you're about to consume. But carbs?
Wine producers, on another tack, have lobbied for permission to use a heart-healthy label. The agency with jurisdiction over such matters (the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, part of the Treasury Department, which has long regulated the sinful commodities, as well as firearms) has been cool to the idea. They have required so many disclaimers that a bottle of wine would need to come with a booklet tied around its neck.
However, though the wine industry can't simply label wine as having heart benefits, the low-carb and no-carb claims on alcoholic beverages are legal so long as the labels don't actually say that they help you lose weight. But, in fact, the terms are now irrevocably linked in most peoples minds (especially young peoples minds) to weight loss, Atkins diet, or even better for you. Cut carbs, lose weight, many people now think. Low-carb has somehow come to mean healthy. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to alcohol and no subject could be more confused and confusing than the effect of alcoholic beverages on weight.
Mysteries of Alcohol and Carbs
All Boils Down To
UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, August 2004
Stress also robs the body of necessary nutrient levels. All of the basic requirements of an individual are increased by stress.
When a diabetic's sugar levels become elevated, the body attempts to transport the excess sugar out through the kidneys by increasing urination. In the process of excreting fluids, water-soluble nutrients are lost, and must be replaced by regular supplementation.
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