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And now for the good news. Beer and health was the topic of a one day seminar held in Brussels and organised by the Brewers of Europe. http://www.beerandhealth.eu/site/index.php

In essence, drinking a pint of beer a day helps you live longer and sipping on a beer also cuts the chance of a heart attack by a third – making it as beneficial as wine. And given the lower alcohol content of beer over wine – beer might even be better for you.

It is the seventh time that some of the world’s leading scientists and epidemiologists have got together to discuss the health benefits of moderate beer consumption.

Simply the scientists confirmed that moderate beer consumption by healthy adults can be fully compatible with a balanced lifestyle.

The Chairman of the Symposium Dr Ramon Estruch said: “This Symposium is a critical milestone for scientific research on the health effects of moderate beer consumption by healthy adults.

The Symposium provides a platform for scientists that have researched, in their specialised field, the effects of moderate beer consumption on health, to present both their research and their perspectives on the relationship between moderate beer consumption and health.

They myth of the beer belly was firmly sent to the dustbin of history.

Studies from the UK and Romania showed that moderate beer consumption can be part of a healthy diet and lifestyle and it does not lead to weight gain or abdominal fatness (“beer belly”) and the perception that drinking beer results in a beer belly is not supported by science.

And while the perception might be that adherents of a traditional Mediterranean diet only drank wine new research found that a moderate beer intake is associated with higher adherence to the traditional Mediterranean diet in Sicily, southern Italy.

A daily amount of 25 grams of beer, appeared to provide protection from the risk of suffering a cardiovascular event.

And another paper showed that the polyphenols in beer to lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease.

And with the increasing rise in a diabetes worldwide moderate alcohol consumption may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce fasting insulin levels among women,

In addition, in a preview of some research currently underway, showed that moderate beer drinking could reduce glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) concentrations. This is important for people with diabetes as the higher the HbA1c, the greater the risk of developing diabetes-related complications.

According to the one paper the level of coeliac disease was on the rise and might affect at least one per cent of the population, and a call was made for research into gluten free beers and the development of new strains of gluten free grains which would be more suitable for brewers

Go to www.beerandhealth.eu/site/index.php to find out about healthy beer drinking

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Written by timhampson

October 3, 2014 at 9:28 am

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