Rewind: More Fasting Myths
Dr. Fung looks at the myth of ‘starvation mode’ and other fallacies.
Dr. Fung on the Dr. Peter Attia podcast
Fasting as a potent antidote to obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and the many symptoms of metabolic illness
Which wine is best?
Coach Jeff McCann on making the best choices
Alcohol… It’s a slippery slope isn’t it? What’s beneficial? How much do I drink? What wines are best?
Paraclesus, a 16th century doctor considered to be the father of Toxicology, said it best; “Whether wine is a nourishment, medicine or poison is a matter of dosage.” And if you are a diabetic or fasting for weight loss, it’s hard to know.
Life is a journey, and we only get one. That’s why we talk a lot about feasting and fasting. It’s an ebb and flow. This is how our bodies were designed to function best. Our early hunter/gatherer ancestors definitely did not feast on three-plus meals a day/every day. They hunted and gathered food, and when the hunts were successful, they celebrated and feasted. Alcohol and wine consumption is part of our feasting. And wine, when consumed at mealtimes, in moderation with a HFLC way of eating, is a healthy way to promote and increase longevity. So, it’s important to educate ourselves on how to integrate this into our fasting in a healthy and effective way.
I am a big fan of dry, red wines. Luckily for me, these are the ones that happen to be the lowest in sugar! French Bordeaux and italian chiantis and Montepulcianos rank the lowest in terms of sugar content with nearly a 0/00 rating on the sweetness scale.
Beaujolais, Burgundys, Cab. Franc, Sangiovese and Valpolicellas come in a close second with slightly higher sugars, yet still very acceptable on a low carb way of eating.
Next comes the Cab Sauvs, Merlot and Shiraz or Syrahs. These rank a medium or three to four on the sweetness scale and can be tricky to navigate if you don’t know the sugar content. I have heard a lot of low carb experts say: “Just drink Cabernet Sauvignon, they are best on a low carb diet!” which I think is a dangerous generalization.
In Canada, where I live, winemakers (whether imported or local) are required to disclose the actual sugar content in each bottle of wine they produce. This is printed right on the price tag with a letter designating its level of dryness (D-Dry, XD-Extra Dry) and a number like “6g/L”. This means that this particular bottle of wine has six grams of sugar per litre. On my most recent trip to our LCBO (our Canadian wine store), I decided to do some research and test the theory that all cab sauvs are low in sugar. Here’s what I found!
As you can see, while still considered Dry or Extra Dry, there is definitely not a one size fits all approach to dry wines. Here’s a few tips when hunting for a good low carb wine:
- Look in the vintage section.
Quite often you will find a wider selection of reds with lower sugar ratings.
- Check the alcohol percentage.
A lower percentage of alcohol means that the grapes were likely picked earlier in the ripening process which means they weren’t as sweet.
- Download Canada’s LCBO app in the Android or Apple App store.
The app contains a barcode scanner as well as a search function where you can look up wines that are available in Canada’s LCBO stores or online with the sugar content ratings. Americans can download and use this app as well, although be advised that results will be limited to what is available and carried through the LCBO. Even so, it is a very valuable tool when learning the ins and outs of wine and their sugar contents.
- Sign up for a monthly wine service like Dry Farm Wines that curate low sugar, natural and additive free wines.
- Visit your local wineries and ask questions and learn about the process. Knowledge is power!
For more on the science and health benefits on wine, I highly recommend reading chapter nine of The Longevity Solution with Dr. James DiNicolantonio and Dr. Jason Fung, where the benefits of wine and coffee consumption are discussed at length!
Last call for the July Group Fast
If you haven’t signed up yet – get on it now!
The IDM Membership Community Group Fast (ZornFast) began yesterday, but you can still get involved!
This month’s fast runs July 8 to 14, but you don’t need to fast all seven days. You can choose any type of fast that suits you. So, sign up on the Group Fast page now!
Fasts are led by coach Brenda Zorn – who posts a video update each day, offering tips and tricks to help you get through. You can also connect with her and the rest of the IDM community on the IDM Forum, or post a comment or question after signing up for the fast on the Group Fast dashboard. Support and motivate each other. We’re in this together!