Holiday season is here! Parties and celebrations.. Many clients ask me to do a list of worst to best alcohol.
So which is the worst alcohol for those prone to bloating, weight gain, eczema, acne, hives, rashes?
Is there a "best"? Moderation is key.
Worst No. 1- Beer The fact that one can have a "beer belly" and not "whisky belly" tells us something - excessive beer leads to bloating. Why? The fermentation process starts by adding yeast as a catalyst, which reacts with the sugars in the wort and creates alcohol. Then carbonation during the bottling stage. So what have we got in beer that could worsen eczema, hives and other autoimmune disorders? Gluten, sugar, yeast, carbonation. Worst No. 2 - Premixed Super-sweetened alcohol like Bailey’s have loads of sugar and other acidic ingredients. Any alcohol with added sweeteners like cocktails are super fattening and potential triggers for skin problems. Worst No. 3 - Red wine Yes, red wine is high in minerals and antioxidants but also high in…SUGAR & YEAST!Yeast is why you have sugar cravings. High sugar means highly acidic. High minerals means highly alkaline. Wines have both so they are less acidic than sweetened alcohol but the yeast in it doesn't help those prone to eczema.
Worst No. 4 - White wine Red wine has far more antioxidants than white, white wine has fewer sulfites - additives that preserve the shelf life of the wine. Many people have a bad reaction to sulfites due to intolerance. Sulfites can cause allergic reactions in people with asthma, sinus and hives (So strictly, wine is no good for them). Worst No. 5 - Whisky, Hard liquor Whisky is a distilled beer. The amount of antioxidants in 1 peg of whisky is equivalent to that in 1 glass of wine. Liquors are distilled, which removes water, sugar, carbohydrates, gluten and impurities. Scotch is made mostly from malted barley, while bourbon is distilled from corn. Corn and wheat are often distilled for grain whisky to create blended Scotch. But of course the quality of whisky counts when it comes to health. Personally I prefer single malt Scotch.
If you have any health condition, don't drink! Period.
Jacelyn Tay 4/12/19
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