Week 08 – Types of Calories – Alcohol

There are four types of calories your body can use for energy. These are known as macronutrients. In order of chemical complexity, the four macronutrients are alcohols, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. The chemical complexity of food sources is important because the more complex the structure is, the longer it takes the body to break it down to a chemical it can use. I will devote the next few blogs to the four types of calories starting here with alcohols.

Alcohol is often a forgotten and misunderstood source of calories. I chose to present alcohol first because it has the simplest chemical formula and starts to be metabolized by your body faster than any other calorie source. Alcohol is first absorbed into your bloodstream the moment it hits your tongue! Your liver then produces enzymes that reacts with the alcohol molecule and break it down into acetaldehyde, which is a poison.

All alcoholic beverages are created by letting yeast feed on carbohydrates. A byproduct of yeast’s interaction with carbohydrates is ethanol fermentation. The same process also enables bread to rise because the chemical reaction gives off carbon dioxide as well as ethanol.


Brandy and Wine = Yeast + Fruit sugars
Whiskey and Beer = Yeast + Grain sugars
Rum = Yeast + Cane sugars
Vodka = Yeast + Potato sugars

Ethanol or Ethyl Alcohol Chemical Structure: C2H5OH
acohol structure

The most important thing to know about alcohol when applying The Weight Equation is:

1 gram of alcohol contains 7 calories

References:

http://www.hamsnetwork.org/metabolism/
http://www.nutristrategy.com/nutrition/calories.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_fermentation
http://www.intox.com/t-AboutAlcohol.aspx

Please enjoy the powerful information I am sharing in this blog but remember that I am NOT a nutritionist or a professional. I am simply passionate about the subject. Please consult with your doctor and nutritionist before implementing any diet.

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