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Alchohol and the Glycemic Index

Why Alcoholic Beverages are Nowhere to Be Found on the Glycemic Index

Hereís a question often asked: why are alcohol beverages not featured on the Glycemic Index? Does this mean itís a-ok to consume them after all?

Firstly, please note that the Glycemic Index or GI is about how fast or slow carbohydrates are released into your bloodstream. Alcohol can affect your weight because of the calories they contain; not because of any carbs they have. In fact, alcoholic beverages have hardly any carbohydrates in them at all!

True, some alcoholic drinks (e.g., vodka, gin, etc.) are made from stuff with high levels of carbohydrates. However, during the process of creating these alcoholic drinks, these carbs are already expelled so the finished drinks no longer contain carbs.

How about wine, you ask? Donít grapes contain fructose and thus can have a negative effect on blood sugar levels, anyway? Again, the distillation process takes care of these sugars. During this process, the sugar is transformed to alcohol. There will still be traces of sugar in your wine but not enough to send your blood sugar levels soaring.

Lastly, how about good olí beer? During the brewing procedure, the sugars that are present are taken up by the yeast added to the mixture to produce the beer. In fact, only about 3 grams of carbohydrates per 100 mm is present in beer.

So you see there are hardly any carbs in alcoholic beverages at all and thatís why you donít find them in GI tables. However, they are high in calories and that is why drinking alcohol in moderation is often advised.

If you have a health condition such as diabetes, drinking alcohol is not advised anyway so do try to steer clear of them.

Just remember, alcoholic drinks donít have many carbohydrates in them at all and thatís why they are not on the Glycemic Index. However, they possess their own bad trait Ė calories Ė so itís best to not over indulge in them.


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