Does alcohol turn to sugar in your body? It’s a frequent question that seems widely accepted as truth. But is it?
Well, this persistent myth is totally false.
Sugar and carbohydrate-rich foods raise your blood glucose level, while alcohol actually has the opposite effect — it makes your blood sugar drop.
Confused? I know, my husband was too — and he’s the scientist in the family!
Let me explain.
Here’s how it works: Your liver is in charge of turning foods into energy for our cells, usually in the form of glucose. Alcohol has to be specially processed by the liver — and since it is considered a poison by the body, it gets priority in the processing line up.
So the moment alcohol hits the blood stream, your liver drops everything else and detoxifies the alcohol.
Ever felt especially hungry the day after you had one too many? Depending on how much you drink, your liver could be occupied for several hours with processing alcohol – all while your blood glucose levels drop (your body continues to consume energy on a regular basis), allowing for hunger to set in.
Your blood sugar will drop even when you eat foods that are high in sugar or processed carbohydrates – so boozing and then eating are a crazy combination that can quickly lead to overconsumption of calories!
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