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Will Cooking With Alcohol Have A Negative Impact On Gut Health?

August 21, 2019


It’s Eric Bakker from New Zealand, The Naturopath. Thanks for tuning in. I hope I’ve got my sound problem sorted. I finally got a microphone here, this huge,
big, blue microphone so maybe this will finally solve my audio problem. Please give me feedback on this video if you
find the sound to be quite okay. I’m not sure of the settings on this thing
yet, but I’m sure I’ll get there. Right. I’ve got a question here from a subscriber,
will cooking with alcohol have a negative effect on my gut, a negative impact on my
gut health? What else does person say here? Can you suggest substitutes for beer or wine
or brandy or things like that? There’s no doubt about it, alcohol does have
an effect on the gut health. It is negative. Also, you have to look at the positives with
alcohol. Alcohol does have positives. There are positives and negatives with anything
that you do in life. A lot of it depends on your consumption and
also your relationship with that particular kind of food. If you’re going to be like my step-father
and drink a bottle of whiskey a day for 20 years, you’re going to wreck your health. There’s no doubt about it. People who drink large quantities of alcohol
daily are going to destroy their health. There’s no argument or question about that. What about people who don’t drink large quantities
of alcohol, people who are actually sensible and have small quantities of alcohol every
now and then? Are they still going to wreck their health? Likely not. They’re probably going to enjoy their health
like the majority of people, such as myself, who enjoy drinking wine or beer or things
like that. It’s all about common sense, okay? It’s the same difference to me is you could
say, “I enjoy driving a Lamborghini.” There’s a risk then that you might have a
crash, because you may go too fast in that car. You may get it stolen or something bad may
happen to it. The risk may well increase compared to just
a cheap four-cylinder Toyota Corolla. You may be less likely to do 200 miles an
hour in the Toyota that you would in the Lamborghini. It’s the same with a firearm, it’s the same
with anything you do in life. There’s always a risk versus a benefit. That’s really up to you to discern what’s
correct for you. It’s not fair to say that alcohol should be
banned and nobody should drink it, because it kills more people. That’s not really a statement of fact, is
it? The question here is the cooking with alcohol. When you have a look at the research conducted
by large departments, university departments, for example, or people who understand about
the effects of alcohol and what happens to it when you’re cooking, when they researched
it, they found that when alcohol was cooked for short periods of time, I think it was
like 20 to 30 minutes or half an hour, up to 60% of the alcohol will get evaporated
or cooked up, burnt up. If you push that further to about one and
a half to two hours, you’re looking at less than 5% of the alcohol remaining. I do use red wine occasionally in cooking
if I’m going to make a nice beef casserole dish up, for example. I don’t make those up that often, but I do
really enjoy them, for example, now in the cold of winter. I will use a cup of red wine. That will sit there probably for about four
or five hours cooking on low. By the time that that marinated beef in that
red wine is served to me, there’ll be less than one or 2% of the alcohol left. That’s a risk I’m willing to take for a really
good casserole dish. The negative impact, in my opinion, depends
on the quantity that you’re consuming, how you’re cooking and how much alcohol you’re
using. As I said, alcohol is not that good for the
digestive system at all, but it also depends how much you’re taking and the context you’re
taking it in. I don’t see it having negative effect on my
gut health, because probably of the fact that I only have it every now and then. I wouldn’t be cooking every day with alcohol,
for example. Substitutes for beer, wine and brandy, there
probably aren’t really any substitutes. Some of the research I did look at years ago,
I found that the neutral spirits were probably a little bit better for the gut, vodka and
gin, in terms of their effect on the digestive system, as opposed to the non-neutral spirits
like brandy and whiskey and things like that. If you can look through, then it’s clear and
it’s white, we call that a neutral spirit. Don’t forget, it is still alcohol. It is still going to have negative effects
on your liver, especially if you’re going to drink every day and especially if you drink
alcohol daily and don’t eat good food to replace the nutrients that are burnt up through the
alcohol detoxification process. I have made some videos in the past regarding
alcohol, so be sure to watch those. They’ll be in the diet category in the playlist. There is not really a substitute for beer,
wine or brandy, although some people I know drink low-alcohol beers. I don’t think there’s any substitute for wine
or brandy. Would fruit juice be a better alternative? It probably would be, but you’ve still got
the sugars in the fruit juice. Fruit juice is probably a little bit better
alternative to alcohol, in my opinion, because it’s not quite so hard on the liver. Although, if you’ve got a lot of fructose
in that, which you do with fruit juices, it can be hard on the body. You need to be careful not to be drawn to
lots of things like alcohol and fruit juices and drink them every single day. You need to give your kidneys and liver a
good break, and especially the digestive system in general. There’s no substitute for these. In my opinion, it’s about moderation and common
sense. That’s what it’s all about. Hope that answers the question. Thanks for the question, and I hope you can
hear this video. Thank you.

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  • Reply Danimations July 24, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Sound was good to me.
    What do you think of kava kava as an alcohol substitute? I live in Denver, Colorado and here we actually have kava bars where people drink kava teas and smoothies instead of alcohol. I did hear that kava kava is hard on the liver, but if you know anything about this, could you elaborate?

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