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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

Bring in the Beer

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Beer is one of the world’s oldest beverages, with the history of Beer dating back to the some 6th century BC. If we talk about in number of years then it is said that Beer has been brewing for more than 8,000 years across the world and in olden days it was considered a food supplement (its true, for me too), with newer studies showing Beer is actually healthy (I knew it!).

Actually the word Beer comes from the Middle English ber(e), and from the Latin bibere meaning “to drink.” In olden days it was considered that because of its brewing process, Beer is actually safer to drink than the water or milk. That is why Beer was frequently used to mix medicines.

Beer is basically a fermented beverage principally made from four ingredients; water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. Each one of these ingredients imparts its own characteristic flavor to the finished product.
There are numerous varieties of Beer. Commercial brewing and micro brewing (also known as home brewing or pub brewing) have made these varieties.

I have always preferred Beer from Microbreweries over the commercial Beer. For me the reason is taste. The Beer is brewed fresh and it tastes just awesome!

If you are a die hard fan of Beer (just like me!). Then keep looking at this space for more and do share your stories  about beer.

Hope to have Beer together someday!

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April 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm