QUESTION & ANSWER
Question:I follow the mediterranean diet where the maltose contained in beer is the work of the devil. Since I like beer, I couldn’t bring myself to give it up for longer than the first two weeks of the diet, during which alcohol is totally taboo. You can drink afterwards, but wine is recommended. (I’m not a wine-drinker, I like my beer). I drink only twice a week, and I’m trying to find the best beer. Is there such a thing as beer with a low maltose content? I know that there are many alcohol-free beers, and that even low-carbohydrate beers are being advertised these days. It’s not only the calories and carbohydrates, it’s mainly the sugars (maltose) I have to cut back on. Do you have any suggestion? I would greatly appreciate your contribution.
Answer: The mediterranean diet is an excellent idea for healthy nutrition. However, there are numerous possible variants for the application of the food pyramid. There are, for example, no indications that wine is any more suitable than beer. The crux of the matter of is the calorific value, which depends on the alcohol and the carbohydrates. There is no great difference in this connection between wine and beer. What is best avoided when following a mediterranean diet is the replacing of ordinary beer (say, lager) with low-alcohol beer, which contains considerably more maltose. It can safely be said that the maltose content increases as the alcohol content of the beer decreases. A moderate beer consumption – a maximum of three units per day for men and two for women – is not only acceptable with a mediterranean diet, but is also, as with all other alcoholic beverages, to be recommended for its beneficial effects on health.