Living life as a diabetic, I am fascinated by the sector of peeps in the world we lovingly nickname, “The food police”. Inevitably they will be found stalking me at happy hour, ignoring the carb-loaded pizza I’m eating or the hamburger bun…(this, of course, is hypothetical) and they will say to me “OMG! You’re not supposed to drink wine, think about all that sugar, you’re diabetic!!!” (Big news)
I totally understand that these are well-meaning people, just worried about the state of my blood sugar, and I do appreciate their concern. However, at this festive time of the year, I’d like to set the record straight, and share some surprising information about vino.
On page 157 of my book, #deraildiabetes, I list the carb counts of both red and white wine. They are relatively low, and can be enjoyed in moderation. That being said, moderation is the key. I have checked my sugar before and after a glass of wine, and found that it doesn’t go up.
Sparkling wines, like Prosecco and Champagne, actually have the lowest carb count of all, and are a good choice….especially on New Years Eve!
I found an article based on a recent study, and the conclusion is this, “Obviously excess drinking is harmful, but there is no good evidence to discourage moderate consumption among diabetics who have no other contraindication,” says Meir Stampfer, MD, DrPH, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Armed with this information, there are still a few good reasons NOT to drink wine…
Three Reasons to Avoid Wine
- It can stall weight loss
- Your liver
- Can lessen your resolve to eat healthy…watch for this at parties!
I hope you’ve found this information interesting, and ask that you pass it on to your friends and family asking this question. Tomorrow I’ll chat with you about another popular beverage…Beer. (There’s a logical explanation for the beer belly!)