Gerri French, MS, RD, CDE is a Certified Diabetes Educator. Ms. French has provided local nutritional and dietetic services for more than 20 years. She is the former Food & Nutrition Editor, has written articles for Diabetes Health Magazine, and published a book on nutrition and breast cancer, has worked for Ojai Valley Community Hospital in Santa Barbara County and Cottage Health System and is the creator of the Santa Barbara Food and Farm Adventures Meetup group and the nutrition instructor for the Culinary Arts program at Santa Barbara City College. She is a frequent public speaker, presenting nutrition and wellness topics on television and radio. As a nutrition facts label analyzer, she also helps commercial food-making companies meet U.S. Nutrition Facts Label requirements.
Below is her endorsement of the Mr. Picky Measuring Wine Glass and her take on wine consumption guidelines.
Disclosure: I’m a foodie and nutritionist who also enjoys quality wine. I’m also an athlete and mother with Type 2 Diabetes.
I support and promote local seasonal real food and wine. When discussing wine, I consider it EXTRA calories, not empty calories since wine has health benefits. When people are concerned about calories in whatever they are eating or drinking, it helps to consume it mindfully. Wine connoisseurs have been doing this for centuries: swirling their wine, observing it color, texture, viscosity, smelling it, and sipping and tasting the true essence of this elixir they love so much. To me, mindfulness can extend into thoughtfulness about where the wine came from, who grew it, how it was grown, harvested and produced. The awareness might increase your appreciation of a wine and respect for the people who grew it.
My specialty in diabetes has taught me that wine and other spirits may decrease blood glucose since it reduces the liver’s release of stored glucose. This might be beneficial for someone with Type 2 Diabetes, although the calories are always a consideration. In addition, excess alcohol stores as triglycerides which is a storage form of fat that is a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes.
Too much of anything seems to be the problem. Similar to how too much sun can cause skin cancer, excess alcohol increases the risk of elevated blood pressure and breast cancer in women. What to do? Moderate your alcohol consumption: no more than one drink for women, two drinks for men at one time. So, what constitutes a “drink?” A jigger (1 oz) of “hard liquor”, vodka, gin, scotch, etc, is equivalent to 4-5 ounces of wine, is equivalent to 12 ounces of beer.
To help you achieve success in conserving calories and your health, the folks at “Mr. Picky,” a wonderful wine loving couple from Santa Barbara, have invented the Mr. Picky Measuring Wine Glass. Discretely etched on the side of the glass are “bubbles” denoting 4, 6, and 8 ounces of wine. As you can see I use the glass to educate my patients and find it to be an invaluable tool.