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Alcohol, Carbs and Obesity
Monday, October 28, 2013 9:36 am Email this article
People often ask if they can drink alcohol while taking phen-pro. Yes. The medicines have nothing to do with alcohol. But you should drink moderately because you should do everything moderately. And they ask, does alcohol make you fat? No. Alcohol contributes to obesity only when combined with carbs, meaning starch or anything sweet.
Some biochemistry. Alcohol (ethanol) is converted to acetyl-CoA. Then the body asks a question, what is the insulin level? If low, acetyl-CoA is burned in the mitochondria to carbon dioxide which exits into the air. But if insulin is high, the enzyme malonyl-CoA synthetase sends acetyl-CoA into fat.
So an alcoholic that eats little carbohydrate with his booze, like the old Bowery bums, like the Germans who drank beer with sausage and stayed lean. Now that the Germans eat more rice, pizza, bread and potatoes, they are gaining weight, too, like us; but the gallic-French drinking wine with a high-fat diet stay lean.
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