Drinkers 'exploited' by low-carb beer myth

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  1. Oosh

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    Don't get sucked in, enjoy good beer responsibly, the carb content is largely immaterial! After seeing a couple of references to low-carb beer around here I thought I'd bring this article up as a 'pubic service announcement' to my fellow geek-groggers:
     
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    Been known and reported for a while now. They've been riding this wave of marketing success for quite some time now. Time for people to wise up.
     
  3. th3_hawk

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    Low Carb.. Bah...

    You need a GREENER BEER! Be more environmentally conscious in your drinking:

    http://www.cascadebreweryco.com.au/#/products/cascade-pure


    Or... you could just drink what you enjoy and chillax a little bit.
     
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    Alcohol still contains a lot of kilojoules. In fact, it's second only to fat (7kj per gram as opposed to 9kj per gram, IIRC). What's worse is that when you consume alcohol, your liver goes, "Whoooooooo! Party time! Excellent!" and proceeds to burn the alcohol off before anything else, even sugars, resulting in a build-up of fat and carbohydrates (which are turned into fats if you don't use them up).

    So... yah, low-carb might seem like a small difference, but the compounded effects of that small difference do add up.

    Not that I condone the drinking of shit beer, of which low-carb beer is a founding member. Then again, I also don't condone drinking more than 2-3 stubbies in a session, so YMMV :)
     
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    Did you read the article! Or even the bit I quoted?
     
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    Its quite comical seeing fat turds drinking low carb beer thinking they're making a difference for themselves, similar to those that drink Diet Coke.
     
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    • 600ml Coke - 1080 kJ
    • 600ml Coke Diet - 9 kJ
    • 600ml Coke Zero - 6 kJ
    Looks like a pretty substantive difference to me...
     
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    oh sure!

    "can i get some fried chicken, a bag of chips, a chocolate bar and a DIET COKE"

    Huge difference!
     
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    As a Type 1 diabetic I find that low carb beer options are fantastic for blood sugar control.

    Don't maintain such a narrow view that it's only for the "fat bastards".
     
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    not sure if April fool joke...
    or serious...

    article is from 2010
     
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    I hear people say that all the time, but its still 1000cal difference... yes - the chicken and chips etc is a large calorie intake, but still... 1000cal is a solid 15 minutes on a treadmill for me. Just saying :D
     
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    when my brother was in the army there was this butch army chick who would order a king size mars bar and a diet coke. i mean FFS. what will that diet coke do?
     
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    Doesn't anyone read before they open their traps?

    First paragraph:
    With the vast majority of the energy coming from the alcohol the carbs are immaterial to weight gain.
    Nowhere does it say low-carb doesn't have other merits. Diabetics being a good example raised thus far.


    Now for the Diet Coke debate.

    Lets say someone orders an up-sized 'KFC Ultimate Burger Meal', we're talking ~6-7,000 kJ depending on burger and chicken type, without the drink.
    By choosing the Diet Coke, and saving ~1,000 kJ consisting almost entirely of sugar, that will make a difference.

    They would of course be an idiot to think they were eating a healthy meal.
    But reducing their energy intake by 10-15% is still a worthwhile endeavour.
     
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    Just putting it out there, but perhaps some people prefer the taste of Zero/Diet (I don't).
     
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    touchy aren't we?

    Fact is it is less fattening... just not by much. Also should be noted that very little, if any alcohol is actually converted to fat.

    martin berkhan came to a similar conclusion through a literature review showing that
    all his stuff is referenced if you want to look up the med journals.
     
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    Which just goes to show beer, in of itself, isn't all that fattening.
    Further highlighting this 'low-carb' fad is largely a cynical ploy to exploit peoples ignorance.

    It's not a 'beer belly' but an 'alcohol-induced late-night-yiros* belly'!

    *Souvlaki/Kebab/whatever else you want to call it.
     
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    indeed, halving the amount of carbs while keeping the same ABV gives about a 25% drop in energy. If people cared about their health they simply wouldn't drink...

    yes but who's stupid enough to drink significant quantities on an empty stomach? a surge in alcohol effectively shuts down metabolism of other energy sources that would otherwise be used; it itself isn't getting converted to fat but it's certainly the cause for an increase in fat synthesis that otherwise wouldn't occur. It's probably worse than sugar...
     
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    lol @ low carb beers. Full strength and full carbs for me.
     
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    stay away from high carb foods the day you plan to drink. Have a big meal of fibrous vegies means there wont be much that can be converted to fat. A bit of fibre will also make your AGB the next day less toxic (to your housemates). Of course once you start drinking and the only places open is New York Slice or Habibs Kebabs you're shit outa luck.

    NB: Should be noted I rarely take my own advice. Fucking love the 2am kebab!
     
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    i thought it was the free nuts & delicious meat pies consumed whilst drinking...

    http://midliferocksblog.com/2009/04/07/bizarre-beer-belly-facts/

    OT?
     

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