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Beer, Belly and Cholestrol

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beer belly“Is beer fattening?”, “less fattening than wine?” “Will it lead to beer belly?” “Does beer increase cholesterol”

These questions must have come up in everyone’s mind, i guess, whoever is fond of beer. More than that there are a lot of misconceptions about beer, beer belly, effects of beer, its calories etc. That is why it is important to know the truth about beer and its effect on your body. Read on for a few of the commonly misconceptions and myths about beer and your belly along with the true facts too.

Beer is fattening : Myth

Fact: Beer is not at all fattening. It contains zero fact. In fact beer has some nutritional value. It contains sodium, carbohydrates, proteins and even vitamins B2 and B6. Lets look at following table:

350 ML of beer contain following nutrition:
Calories – 150
Carbohydrate – 13gm
Proteins – 1.5 gm
Fat – 0 gm
Alcohol content – 5%

So Beer is a fat free and cholesterol-free alcoholic beverage. In fact studies have shown that beer actually regulates cholesterol levels.

Beer is less fattening than wine: Fact

Fact: Yes, it is true that Beer is less fattening than Wine and far less fattening than spirits. The following table demonstrates it:

100 ML of beer contain following nutrition:
Beer –  41 calories
Wine –  77 calories
Spirits 250 calories
Milk –  64 calories
Orange juice – 42 calories
Apple juice – 47 calories

So Beer is less fattening than apple juice and even less fattening than wine.

Beer leads to Beer belly: Myth

Fact: The beer belly is not the result of Beer, but of the beer-drinking lifestyle. It includes a lot of greasy pub food and a lack of physical activity. Moreover, alcoholic calories are used by the body first – they are not stored and converted into fat. So chill, your beer belly is not beer fat.

Moreover, Doctors have suggested that drinking up to a pint of beer a day is good for the health and can reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Ending this post with the following quote of Benjamin Franklin

“Beer is a living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

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April 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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  1. Taken from ‘The Daily Mail’ UK 2005

    The simple problem with beer is that it’s high in calories – a pint of standard strength bitter has 170 calories, and is easy to knock back. Two pints – or 340 calories – is worse for your waistline than eating a Mars bar, so you can see how it all adds up. Premium lagers can have nearly twice the calorie count.
    To make matters worse, a “beer belly” is more than just a joke.
    Scientists aren’t exactly sure why, but alcohol (of any type, it doesn’t just have to be beer), tends to encourage the preferential laying down of intra-abdominal (belly) fat. The problem with this is that abdominal obesity is linked with higher risk of diabetes and heart disease.
    If you want to carry on drinking beer without getting fat, the only way to do so is to factor the calories into your diet. To keep your alcohol intake within safe limits you should also stick to no more than a pint of standard strength beer a day.

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    March 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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