All scotch drinkers agree that this spirit includes a lot of energy. This type of energy is calculated in carbs that give our bodies energy, the most prominent of which is sugar. All this sugar is used to move our muscles and make our brains work every time we need to put forth intellectual effort.
scotch is made from grains which are crops and are usually full of carbohydrates. These are long molecules of simple sugars that interconnect with water molecules to be easily transferred inside and outside cells.
All people that drink scotch are unaware of this special knowledge that can be extremely important for their health. People that have been suffering from diabetes or have problems with high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome may harm themselves when drinking large amounts of scotch.
What is the Main Source of Carbs in Scotch?
Naturally, scotch comes from mashed barley, rye, or corn, which becomes a solid substance when diluted in water and boiled to the right temperature. After that procedure, yeast is added and there are many reactions which take place, ending in alcohol creation.
As we all know, alcohol is the main source of carbs, since it can be further metabolized in your liver into plain sugar molecules. This is why people who drink great quantities of scotch may gain a substantial number of pounds in a relatively small period of time.
Modern scotch, however, has some color additives, as well. These are added to the main scotch body right before the product leaves the oak cask. These color additives consist of caramel syrup that is full of carbs, which can easily turn to sugar inside human body.
People that tend to drink various brands of scotch can often tell whether a scotch has added caramel. Usually the ones that have their natural color come in greenish bottles that do not reveal the real color of scotch. This is because most people think that a good scotch is supposed to have a dark red color–which, of course, is not at all true.
Can We Avoid Getting More Carbs from Scotch?
As you have may realized so far, there is no chance you can avoid the carb intake that drinking scotch intrinsically brings. However, there is a chance you can reduce your exposure to the carbs that come in your scotch servings.
This can happen thanks to your wise decision to stop adding sodas and sugar to your scotch cocktails. Drinking your scotch plain can allow you to reduce your intake of carbs and make it easier for you to exercise and lose the additional calories coming directly from scotch consumption.
On the other hand, you can also try the basic scotch editions rather than premium ones. Usually, premium editions have spent more than 12 years inside the same oak cask and have increased their alcoholic grade level.
That means you should avoid drinking them, because more alcohol means a lot more carbs. Stick with regular scotch that sits only for three years in the cask and has only baseline alcohol, sugar, and carb content.
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