Digestive liquor hinders digestion

Digestive schnapps hinders digestion and does not bring relief after eating. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol does not have a digestive effect but delays the digestive process. This is what Swiss scientists found out during their own research on the subject of “alcohol and digestion of high-fat food”.

A digestive schnapps after a rich or fatty meal is very popular with many Germans. The schnapps alleviates the feeling of fullness, prevents abdominal pain and promotes digestion, so the underlying assumption. Swiss researchers have now proven the opposite in their study. Digestion is not accelerated by alcohol consumption, but rather delayed, the scientists around Mark Fox from the University Hospital Zurich report in the journal "British Medical Journal" of their study results.

Digestion rate decreases with increasing amount of alcohol The scientists had the effects of the connection between the intake of a cheese fondue and the drinks consumed in parallel, such as wine, black tea, water and a final drink, on 20 volunteers (6 women, 14 men) aged 23 to 58 years Schnapps, examined for digestion. Depending on the drinks consumed, the processing of the meal was carried out at different speeds, with the fastest being among those who had not drunk alcohol at all, according to the scientists. The more alcohol the volunteers consumed during or after eating, the more slowly their bodies digested the meal, the researchers from the University Hospital Zurich explained in the "British Medical Journal".

Digestion is fastest without alcohol As part of the study, the volunteers ate 200 grams of melted cheese with 100 grams of bread, some of them drinking a glass of white wine and the others drinking the same amount of black tea. After that, a schnapps or the same amount of water was served an hour and a half after eating. In order to understand how quickly the ingested meal was digested, the scientists had labeled the cheese with special molecules, the breakdown of which could then be followed by breath tests, enabling the researchers to monitor the speed of digestion among the volunteers. According to the scientists, the slowest digestion was among those who consumed wine and a schnapps, followed by the volunteers who drank wine and then water. In the tea drinkers who chose a schnapps after eating, however, a clear drop in the digestive rate was observed after the schnapps. The digestion process was the fastest among the participants who only received tea and water for the cheese fondue, according to the Swiss scientists.

Myth of digestive schnapps has been refuted According to the researchers led by Mark Fox, the fact that the digestive schnapps after eating still has a noticeable effect can be explained by the effect of alcohol on the stomach muscles. This is loosened and relaxed by the schnapps, causing the stomach to expand and no longer feel as full. According to the current results, on the other hand, schnapps is more of a hindrance to digestion. In the long term, people with alcohol suffer more from indigestion than without it, according to the Swiss scientists. The myth of a digestive effect of schnapps after high-fat food has finally been dispelled. (fp, 16.12.2010)

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