Ask IWG: Diabetes and Wine


N. Callan from Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland asks the following:

What, if any, wines are suitable for diabetics? How can you tell by looking ay the label?

There are two issues in wine when considering diabetes: alcohol and sugar.  You need a wine that is low in alcohol and very low in sugar to be semi-safe for a diabetic to drink.  The only country I know that actually makes wine labeled for diabetics is Germany--and it is labeled (in German) as 'approved for diabetics' or 'genehmigt für Diabetiker.'  Although, by US standards, they would still be too sweet.

Of course, if you have low sugar you usually have high alcohol in wine - so producing a wine that meets both criteria is difficult.

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