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Alcohol With Meal Results In Slow Digestion


Alcohol with meal results in slow digestion – hic! Alcohol from times immemorial has been the root cause of a lot of things; Marilyn Manson, terrible hangovers, wars, cat fights, ability to telepathically connect with Jedi Master Yoda, the temporary 'I'm-Superman' syndrome, special communication powers with lamp posts, and 'the movies 'Hangover' and 'What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas'. To top all this drinking alcohol with meal slows digestion. Bah! Such is life, such is alcohol. A recent study by the experts shows that alcohol slows digestion up to 50%. Let's get to the bottom of this.


                                                                                            


Drinking alcohol with meal slows digestion, well that is what Mark Fox, a gastroenterologist working at the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Center in the United Kingdom found. He worked on this, while studying at the University of Zurich, and he presented it as a research paper to the British Medical Journal(BMJ). Though many believe that sipping an elegant glass of wine would actually help digestion but that is not the case. Alcohol slows digestion, right from the first sip.


                                                                                            


Mark Fox and team conducted an experiment on 20 healthy adults who hadn't eaten anything for six hours prior to the 'test meal'. The were fed a meal of cheese fondue and bread. All were served equal portions of the meal. But one half of the group was given 10 ounces of red wine along with the meal and the other half was given 10 ounces of black tea. Ninety minutes after the meal, 10 people were chosen randomly and were given cherry schnapps and the rest were given water. Throughout the experiment, the people were asked to give breath tests that determined how quickly or slowly their bodies were burning the food. Well, the results were surprising. Drinking alcohol with meal slows digestion, by up to 3 extra hours. As per the experiment, Fox concluded that it would take 6 hours to digest all the food without  alcohol but would it would take 9 hours to digest the food with the alcohol?


                                                                                               


Yes, we now know that alcohol slows digestion. But let that not slow your Holiday celebrations. Drink responsibly and don't drink while eating!


                                                                                    


Merry Christmas y'all!


                                                                                     


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