How alcohol strikes hard on low-carb diet

There exist many contradictory views on the effect of alcohol consumption on a low-carb diet. It is true that alcohol contains too much of carbohydrate. The body initially uses this carbohydrate for energy purposes. Then liver starts functioning on it since it is its responsibility to get rid of toxic materials from the body. In that sense, alcohol is nothing less than pure poison. While the liver gets engaged with breaking down of alcohol, its other jobs get delayed. This affects the regulation of glucose content in blood badly. As a result blood glucose level drops and the result can be precarious.

However, the intensity of the negative impact of alcohol in the body can be minimised by avoiding its consumption on an empty stomach. There need to be a strict limit for drinking alcohol. It should be limited to two drinks per day for men and one drink a day for women. The measurement of drink varies from one type of alcohol to another. In case of beer, a ‘drink’ means twelve ounce. In case of wine it indicates four ounce and like wise.

Another matter of dispute that arises in connection with beer consumption is based on maltose. Malted barley is the main ingredient used in making beer. This produces maltose, a kind of sugar with a glycemic index that is higher than that of glucose. But during the process of fermentation, the entire maltose is utilised as it gets brewed. Though maltose is absent, beer is rich in carbohydrate. The amount of carbohydrate present varies from one brand to another. In normal case, an average quality beer can of twelve ounce contains twelve grams of carbohydrate in it.

Another common belief is that light beers are low in carbohydrate. This is not true. Certain light beers have equal amount of carbohydrate in them as in any other normal beer. In most cases, the carbohydrate content in one serving of light beer falls with in the range of three to seven grams.

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