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Want to lose weight? Swap the wine for beer

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Some years back I was in Bass Brewing Museum, in Burton on Trent, though it might have been called the Coors Visitor Centre by this time. A group of women on the next table were from the local Weightwatchers group. And when it came to lunch, in the spiritual home of British brewing and one of the most important town’s in the world story of beer, they all ordered…….glasses of white wine.

A great pity they didn’t know that people can drink beer without putting on weight. In fact, swapping from wine to beer for just one week would save as many calories as a half-hour jog so some scientists have told me. Research shows that around one-third of men and women wrongly believe that beer has more calories than other alcoholic drinks. In fact, the opposite is true and, when drunk in moderation, beer people lose weight, cut their alcohol consumption and, more generally, supplement a healthy lifestyle.

So cut out the pies and kebabs and eat salad with a drizzle of olive oil instead. Now a takeaway green salad might not sound as exciting as the queue for a burger and chips, but perhaps this research could herald a new trend in late night eateries? According to the boffins half pint of 3.8% bitter contains 85 calories, a 175ml of 12% red plonk has 119 calories, the same size glass of a vino blanc has a tummy expanding 131 calories and a 5 per cent alcopop has 179.

And the good news for alcohol unit counter (yes there are some) is that they should shun wine too and turn to beer. Because beer is the drinks category with the lowest average alcohol content. Beer also contains no fat or cholesterol and very few free sugars. So for someone looking to lose weight, swapping their glass of wine for a beer every day would not only reduce their weekly alcohol intake by seven units – but also cut out more calories than are burned off during a typical 30 minute jog.

So no more beer bellies, but what should our expanding girths? Wine-waisters? Ideas welcome.

The research was published in Beer, the natural choice? http://www.beeracademy.co.uk/about-us/what-does-it-do

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Written by timhampson

August 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm

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