Wine and beer influence your desire for food differently

A recent study found that the type of alcoholic drink you consume may have an impact on your desire for food.

One of the findings suggests that the consumption of red wine (or beer) leads to an increased appetite while white wine does not have a noticeable effect on your appetite. This implies that white wine is better for the people on a balanced diet.

This Australian study by Dr. Anna Kokavec found that the additional nutritional content of various alcoholic beverages influence the body’s reaction to alcohol.

She measured the effect of red wine, white wine, light beer or regular beer on the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, which is responsible for the synthesis of the steroid hormones cortisol and dehyrdoepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS).

She said that DHEAS and cortisol, commonly known as a stress hormone, influence appetite, adding: “We need a sufficient release of cortisol to make us feel hungry.”

She found that cortisol levels went down in participants after the consumption of alcohol, and decreased their appetite despite having fasted for half a day.

But DHEAS levels varied depending on what type of alcohol was consumed.

The DHEAS levels initially took a dip for those who took beer before going up, resulting in an eventual increase in hunger.

Kokavec said: “Beer completely confuses the system.”

Consumption of red wine was also observed to have led to an increased appetite.

But, unlike beer and red wine, white wine completely switched off the HPA axis, indicating hunger remained low.

Read more: thaindian.com

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