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No, gin and tonic does not improve your digestion

The world of digestion, after a gastronomic tribute, is fertile ground for “brotherhood.” There is always a diner who argues, with agile prose and absent of doubts, the properties of a certain herbal liquor or the infallibility of a certain pomace to improve the thick state that a gargantuan meal predicts. The data that supports such risky information are not, precisely, thoughtful scientific studies published in ‘Nature’ or ‘The Lancet’. They tend to be first-place gossip that our interlocutor defends, for the main reason, to be freed from the burden of guilt that can mean adding a spirit drink to the, surely, well-watered “snack.” In the best of cases, said advice is adorned with a supposed centuries-old history where the distillate in question was the fruit of the atavistic wisdom treasured in a remote monastery or in a distant town, where they managed to find the perfect combination of wild plants. and species that give said brew its formidable qualities.

Supposing that a drink inflamed with alcohol is going to improve our digestion somewhat is an idea that is only supported by our desire for that fact to be really true. Digestion is a very complex process where a multitude of organs, devices and systems intervene. in which countless physical actions and biochemical processes will transform food into nutrients that our body can absorb. To think that this process can be improved or replaced, in part, by, nothing less than, a toxin results from an alarming naivety that even surpasses that of those who believe that detox juices can carry out the purification actions that the liver or kidney.

I’m sorry, but alcohol is not good

Alcohol consumption causes countless problems. Its relationship with cancers such as liver, colon or breast is more than notable, it produces heart problems and countless psychiatric and psychological crises. Its action on the digestive system also stands out, being able to cause gastritis or directly bleeding in the stomach or esophagus, problems in the pancreas and common liver crises that can lead to cirrhosis.

Not a bit

It is traditional to say that moderate alcohol consumption is good. Something like there is a safe dose below which there is no problem in drinking alcohol, even daily. This attempt to sweeten things has already been done before with tobacco, but no, there is not that amount that keeps us away from any incident, in fact, the relationship is clear, for example, at the oncological level, the greater the consumption, the greater the risk of cancer. The latest study that supports this statement is published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology where it confirms that all alcohol consumption, even moderate consumption, carries a level of oncological damage.

An ally for digestion?

It seems clear that a drink, of a distillate that exceeds 40 degrees of alcohol, is not an ally when it comes to the digestion of a meal with generous viands. And what about the gin and tonic? Well, I’m sorry to reiterate the same message, but this popular drink has nothing in its composition that allows it to sustain its reputation for being sophisticated combined with unmatched digestive properties. In fact It is a “lot” but of alcohol and sugar since the tonic contains it in quantities similar to those of a soft drink, about 27 grams per soft drink, which resembles about 7 cubes of coffee sugar. So to the calories of the meal we will have to add those of our “digestive”, which will also come with a significant increase in blood glucose as a gift, a real challenge for our metabolism.

Better a walk

After a sumptuous meal nothing better than a quiet walk that promotes intestinal motility and regulate blood glucose levels. Obviously walking is not miraculous but when it comes to giving advice this could be one of the best, yes, it is better to start walking before drowsiness overcomes our athletic goal.

Just water?

It is true that there are some studies on the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption on digestion, based on the dilation of blood vessels. But these are not supported by solid scientific evidence. Evidence that it does appear in the possible risks. Although it is difficult to assess the risk-benefit relationship when this consumption is really moderate, not continuous and fulfills a social task of healthy relationships with our fellow human beings. The psychological benefits do not seem minor if the aforementioned premises are met, but in a country where “between Atocha and Antón Martín there are more bars than in all of Norway” it seems that the best advice should be restraint and moderation.

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