Beer Glycemic Index
There has been a recent controversy over the beer glycemic index. According to Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of “The South Beach Diet” beer contains maltose (a form of sugar) and calls it “the king of all sugars” and “worse than table sugar”. As you’ll see, the glycemic index of vodka, beer, and other alcoholic beverages is very low. Dr. Sam Klein, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine, said “The carbohydrates in beer are not sugar. Basically all of the sugar is converted to alcohol during fermentation.” High amounts of maltose would make beer high glycemic, but during the fermentation process maltose is turned into alcohol and carbonation.
The fact of the matter is that beer contains little to no simple sugar and is even low in carbs. A typical can of beer contains 15 grams of carbs and a light beer has only 7! To test for the glycemic index you have to consume 50 grams of carbs in fifteen minutes. That means that in order to test the beer glycemic index, you would have to consume 7 light beers in fifteen minutes. That is why beer does not show up on a glycemic index chart. It doesn’t contain enough carbs to be tested.
Moderate consumption of alcohol especially with meals have proven beneficial for one’s health according to Harvard University. They state that “More than 100 prospective studies show an inverse association between moderate drinking and risk of heart attack, ischemic (clot-caused) stroke, peripheral vascular disease, sudden cardiac death, and death from all cardiovascular causes. The effect is fairly consistent, corresponding to a 25 to 40 percent reduction in risk.”