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Sunday
Dec262010

Are there alcoholic beverages or mixed drinks that are safe for people with Type 2 Diabetes?

People who are diabetic can actually have almost any kind of food or drink, but they need to plan for it in order to keep their blood sugar in control. Diabetics need to watch their consumption of carbohydrates throughout the day since carbohydrates are essentially sugar as far as the body is concerned. As for alcoholic beverages, the alcohol is treated as a carbohydrate by our body (converts to sugar) and so should be “counted” with other carbohydrates consumed during the day. The caloric content of alcohol is 7 calories/gram. Regardless if a person is diabetic or not, overconsumption of alcohol is unsafe, unwise and can definitely lead to weight gain or other health issues.

Tuesday
Oct122010

I like red wine and drink a couple of glasses in the evening before dinner. However, I would like to decrease my caloric intake just a bit so I was wondering if white wine has few calories?

White wines are mostly made of white grapes without their skins or seeds. The skins are separated from the juice and yeast is added for fermentation giving white wines their light, crisp, fruity flavor and aroma. Red wines are made from the darker red and black grapes. The crushed grapes along with their skins are fermented for one to two weeks and have a richer flavor. Tannins which are found in the skin of the grapes, provide the main difference between red and white wines and contributes to the color and flavor of reds. The difference in calories provided by white wine and red wine is negligible and depends on the type of wine.

The human body burns alcohol calories differently than it does calories in other foods and beverages. If you're watching your caloric intake, you'll need to understand how your body processes the calories contained in wine and other alcoholic beverages. Excess calories that come from foods and non alcoholic beverages are converted to fat. This The majority of alcohol calories are converted to acetate and this takes place in the liver which is the reason that alcohol consumption should be in moderation in order to prevent liver damage from long-term or excessive use. Calories in wine are not as critical to your general dietary count as are those in other foods and drinks you consume because acetate burns more rapidly than fat. You can count on as much as 95% of the calories in wine being converted to quick burning acetate.