Why doesn't some scientist get his friends
together, have them all drink a beer and
measure their blood sugars afterwards? The
is remiss in its failure to fully
critical issue. To my knowledge, no one
has methodically determined the glycemic
load of a glass of beer. However, a typical
beer contains about 10 grams of
carbohydrate, which means the glycemic load
could not be more than 75. This is
complicated by the fact that alcohol has a
slight blood-glucose-lowering action, which
reduces the effect of the carbs on your
blood sugar. The bottom line is that a
glass of beer probably won't raise your
blood sugar much, but a whole bunch of
glasses just might.
Like all sugar-containing liquids, beer
adds to calories rather than replaces them.
Also, alcohol consumed before a meal dulls
your sense of fullness so that you tend to
eat more than you would otherwise. Moreover,
some folks consume 6 packs at a time rather
than glasses, which is another matter.
The common belief that beer causes a "beer
belly" is a misconception. It's the
cigarettes that many beer drinkers puff on
that appear to be the culprit. They cause
the body to release hormones that cause fat
accumulate in the abdomen in preference to
other parts of the body.