'BEER BELLY' - FACT OR FICTION?
For years beer has been taking the blame for that middle-aged spread sported by men who appreciate a good pint, now and then.
The latest research, carried out by Professor David Williams from University of Wales, shows that a pint of beer a day can be part of a well-balanced weight-loss diet and will not lead to that distinctive bulge.
Dr Williams is a professor of chemistry and he states in the journal ‘Chemistry in Britain’ that beer is 93% water, contains no sugars or fat and only low levels of additives. In fact beer may be considered a ‘complete’ food, because it contains carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins (folic acid; Niacin; pntothenic acid [B3]; riboflavin [B2]; pyridoxine [B6]) and essential minerals (calcium; phosphorus; magnesium and potassium - but not only traces of sodium)
However, this discovery is not a license to over indulge. Indeed beer’s poor reputation is believed to be based on the fact that “alcohol numbs the stomach and you can’t always tell when it is full” Even the effect of alcohol as a stimulus to the appetite is considered to be negated by the carbon dioxide, which encourages drinkers to take small quantities of food with their drink. It has also been discovered that carbonated drinks, in general, aid digestion by promoting acid production and stimulating blood flow.
Professor Williams states, “When used as part of a balanced diet, beer is beneficial for human health. The infrequent mishap of a little over indulgence is no reason to brand beer as contrary to our well being”
NIDIG’s chief executive, Frank caddy stated “Coupled with the known benefits of moderate alcohol consumption to the cardio vascular system (explained in NIDIG’s Healthy Drinking Series No 1) this research further strengthens the argument for including a MODERATE intake of beer as part of a healthy diet. However, over-indulgence can be harmful to your health –so remember ‘Moderation – you know it makes sense’!”
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