What are alcoholic beverages in science

Because of digestive schnapps

It is popularly said that schnapps promotes digestion after a rich meal, and many people also find a glass of wine to be beneficial in conjunction with a meal. There are already scientific studies on the effects of alcohol on digestion. So far, however, they have not come to any clear results. The current study now clearly points in the direction of a negative effect of alcohol on digestion. In addition, the effect has now been examined for the first time on a very high-fat meal. In this case in particular, alcohol is generally said to have a positive effect.

A total of 20 study participants between the ages of 23 and 58 had eaten 200 grams of melted cheese each with 100 grams of bread. While some of the test subjects were given a glass of white wine with their meal, the others drank the same amount of black tea. 90 minutes after the meal, the test subjects either tipped a glass of schnapps or drank the same amount of water. In order to find out how quickly the food ingested was digested, the researchers had marked the cheese with special molecules in advance. With breath tests after eating, they could follow the breakdown of these molecules - and thus observe the speed of digestion.

The result: those who drank wine with their meals digested much more slowly than the tea drinkers. And the glass of schnapps after dinner delayed digestion even more. Food processing was the fastest for the test subjects who did not drink either wine or schnapps. Conclusion: the more alcohol, the slower the digestion.

Alcohol loosens the stomach muscles - the reason why a schnapps reduces the unpleasant feeling of fullness after a meal. But at the same time it delays the digestion of the food, say the scientists. Thus, in the short term, alcohol has a relaxing effect on the stomach. In the long term, however, one suffers more from digestive disorders with alcohol than without.

Mark Fox (University Hospital Zurich) et al .: British Medical Journal, online pre-publication, doi: 10.1136 / bmj.c673 dadp / Wissenschaft.de? Peggy Freede
December 15, 2010

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