Does wine trigger an insulin spike?

by 4888 · April 28, 2011 at 07:15 AM

I mean like dry white wine or red - not sweet desert wines. I do tend to have a glass or two most evenings and wondered if this was triggering insulin spikes? And if I'd therefore be much better off cutting it out? Though that would seem a shame as I do enjoy it!

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25189 · April 27, 2011 at 10:17 AM

All wines do to certain extent. The worst offenders are ports and Sauternes and reislings and Chardonnay. Reds do as well but the they have considerably less residual sugar unless we are talking ports or the red ice wines. The red wines have high levels of polyphenols that actually activate longevity genes but their concentration is quite variable depending upon the plants exposure to pesticides for production. Sadly most Cali reds have pesticides used so this reduces the production of resveratrol and quercetin in the skins and decreases their health benefits and longevity factors. Argentine malbecs and French pinots have best levels because pestacie use is rare in production and the argentine malbecs are grow at 12000 feet in the Andes mountains putting them closer to the ionizing radiation of the sun and inducing hormesis in the plant to stimulate higher levels of resveratrol. The French Pinot grape is notoriously fragile and very susceptible to biological damage from fungi and bacteria therefore it's longevity genes are stimulated via hormesis and hence the grape skins have higher levels of resveratrol within them. This is why these two wines are highly prized by biologists and those wishing to extend healthy life

1049 · April 27, 2011 at 08:37 AM

Interesting question. I just assumed that yes it does. However I read that it does the opposite..lowers your blood sugar. This is odd, because it seems to me when I have a cravy..I could satisfy it the same with either a piece of chocolate or a glass of wine.

and on ketosis. The liver can make ketones out of alcohol, so technically, when you drink you'll continue to produce ketones and so will remain in ketosis. The problem is ... alcohol converts more easily to ketones than fatty acids, so your liver will use the alchol first, in preference to fat. Thus, when you drink, basically your FAT burning is put on hold until all the alcohol is out of your system.

This rapid breakdown of alcohol into ketones and acetaldehyde (the intoxicating by-product) ... tends to put low carbers at risk for quicker intoxication ... especially if no other food is consumed to slow absorption.

Curious to hear what others have to say.

4888 · April 28, 2011 at 07:15 AM

I ask because I can't help feeling that wine is why I can't get rid of the last bits of belly fat - I'm sure there must be the remains of a six-pack under there somewhere but it is well hidden!

I thought perhaps an insulin spike was causing me to retain fat - if no insulin spike, I presume it is just the extra calories in the wine?

1344 · April 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I am currently shooting for ketosis and have been reading a lot about it. If I could tell you where I read it, I would link it, but yesterday I was reading that it was a good choice for ketosis because there are between 1 and 6 grams per sugar per glass and it likely wouldn't kick you out. Therefore, I am assuming you won't get much of an insulin response.

0 · April 27, 2011 at 02:52 PM

I just has a small glass of dessert wine and my blood sugar did not change at all from the previous reading.

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