Can anyone help me find a wine I can have a glass of. Type 1 friendly or kind of.

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Comment by Brian (bsc) on December 30, 2012 at 5:55am

I find that a nice glass of dry red wine has a net zero effect on my blood sugar. Everyone is different of course and the real issue is that alcohol has to be metabolized by your liver. Normally, your liver sits there producing glucose between meals (this is why you need a basal insulin). When you drink, it distracts the liver, it can stop producing glucose and you can have a hypo. So that is why you need to take care with drinking.

Wine and beer are fermented, a process which converts the sugars to alcohol. What is left is called residual sugar and determines the number of carbs remaining. A "sweet" wine like a dessert wine might have 30 or more grams of carbs in a glass, a white wine, perhaps 10-15. A beer, 10-20. But a "dry" wine has the lowest residual sugar of all, and while there are dry white wines, dry red wines are more common and have the lowest carbs of all. My favorite types are cabernet, shiraz and merlot. A general rule is that if it tastes sweet, it is probably sweet.

Comment by Duarte on December 30, 2012 at 2:17pm

Try wine called "vinho verde" translatated to english should be green wine i think ,this this a portuguese type of wine.
it have a low % of alchool and a very low amount of carbs , check the link below

Comment by Duarte on December 30, 2012 at 2:38pm

If you have trouble reading portuguesethat link willshow that white wine have 0.1g of carbs per 100 ml
and red wine have 0.3 g per 100 ml , that is 1 g/l for white wine and 3 g/l for red wine as you can see thats a very low amout of carbs for a wine and more importanr the amounr of alcool is betwenn 4 and 7 % i think nice isnt it .

Comment by Holger Schmeken on December 31, 2012 at 6:30am

It depends on your metabolismn. Our liver will release glucose in micro dosages every minute. For this glucose we need our basal insulin to cover this glucose. Alcohol will block the release of glucose because the liver will reschedule its priorities to detoxication. As a result drinking alcohol will often lower the blood glucose. For me this happens very early thus I prefer to drink sweeter white wine to replace the glucose that is missing from the liver. You just should not freak out if you see a spike later. Do not correct spikes of 200mg/dl with insulin at this point. The spike is likely to be consumed by the gap in released glucose rather quickly. Alcohol will have an effect till the next morning. The likelyhood of lows is also increased in the morning hours because of revocery processes initiated in the liver. For me this all means that I can drink sweet wine in moderate amounts quite normally.

Comment by Capin101 on January 3, 2013 at 1:20pm

If the wine is not sweetened (like white Zin) I count 4 carbs per serving (4 fl oz). I would suggest you try 1 serving and see how it affects you.


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