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Wine and diabetes, is there low carb wine?

Indeed, there is.  I haven’t tasted any personally but, so far there are two popular low carb wines.  They are called One.6 Chardonnay and One.9 Merlot.  How many carbs are in these wines?

The number is impressive, in fact, surprising.  The Chardonnay has 1.6 grams of carbohydrates per 5 oz glass and the Merlot has—you guessed it, 1.9 grams of carbs per 5 oz serving.

From what I read…they taste pretty good. 

Important note:

Do remember that although alcohol in wine is NOT a carbohydrate, our bodies seem to metabolize it much like it does a carbohydrate.  For some, this means you may need to plan for this by giving a little more insulin to cover the wine.

Anyway, if you are interested in knowing, these two wines are produced by Brown-Forman Wines, can be found in stores all over the US, and cost only about $10-$13 a 750ml bottle.

If you’ve tried this, fill us in to the taste!  In any case I’ll look for it during this week’s trip to the store.  I may have to go to a wine shop, I think.  I’m so curious it just may be worthwhile.

Wine and diabetes

 

Wine is becoming increasingly popular in many places. Many are even learning to like wine in place of beer. This can be a good thing for wine loving diabetics, if we can exercise the discipline to stop after several ounces.

Most people who drink beer do not stop at one or two where as most people who drink wine do. (According to certain stats, anyway) Since beer has more carbohydrates than your average red or dry white wine, the wine lover is going to have less of an impact on their blood sugar.

What if you don’t like wine? Be glad! Because diabetics really don’t need it. To those who don’t have perfect health, alcohol is just a system aggravator, throwing off the balance even more. But, that lady down the street with diabetes drinks wine all the time you say? Well, chances are, her health could improve big time. Don’t be fooled. A lot of diabetics don’t take care of themselves the way they should.

For those of you who have pretty good diabetes control and health and cannot stay away from beloved wine, well, a dry wine is probably your best bet-and certainly just one glass at a time.

We hear a lot about resveratrol, the anti-aging chemical found in red wine. Problem is, you could get a lot more resveratrol from a pill than a glass of wine. And that glass of wine gives you alcohol.

Another thing to point out is if you are the type that can stop drinking when you want, you have a big advantage towards those who cannot. If you cannot, you really shouldn’t be drinking. I tend to do most things in extremes so I am not big on drinking. If I don’t have a drink I’m fine. If I have one I want another. So, I just don’t start. How about you? Which category do you fall in? And if you drink wine, what type works best for you? Do you just have one glass?

For guidance and info on drinking alcohol, read: Diabetes and alcohol; how much can I drink?

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