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Beer belly not caused by alcohol, new report claims

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

Drink up: Beer drinkers at The Brown Jug, from left, Steve Chapman, Terry Lewis and Roger Tapp

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FOR years, landlords have been blamed for the effect their amber nectar has on the physiques of the nation's men.

But drinkers have been raising their glasses after a new report by one of the country's leading nutritionists found there is no conclusive evidence to support the idea of the 'beer belly'.

According to Dr Kathryn O'Sullivan, there is no scientific proof that beer causes weight gain.

Regulars at the Brown Jug in Bath Road on Saturday raised their eyebrows at the news

Roger Tapp, 56, was drinking a pint of beer while watching Gloucester Rugby play Northampton.

He said: "It means I can't explain my belly – it must be the curry, if not the beer.

"I don't think beer has a bad reputation. It is not a class thing exactly, it's more of an 'us versus them', wine drinkers versus beer drinkers."

Terry Lewis, 67, was drinking a pint of John Smiths.

He added: "You get to a certain age and you don't worry about it anymore. I can't really believe this though.

"I suppose it all depends on what you drink and drinking in moderation."

According to the new report, beer is the drinks category for calories, with a half pint of four per cent lager containing about 96 calories.

A standard 175ml glass of red wine has about 139 calories.

The report also addresses the age-old misconception about fat.

Ten per cent of people still believe that beer contains fat when it actually has none.

The report also suggests moderate consumption of beer can be associated with health benefits.

Dr O'Sullivan said: "Enjoyed in moderation, beer, like wine, can provide many essential vitamins and minerals and moderate consumption may also protect against many conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes."


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  • Django_G  |  February 12 2013, 2:07PM

    Eat drink and be merry and above all don't worry about it.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  February 11 2013, 6:51PM

    Calories in a pint of lager is approx 200, drink say five pints in a night which is about average for some, [and some people drink even more!!] that equals 1000 calories for one nights drinking, doesn't leave much for the daily quota of food on top of that really. Absolute tosh to say that alcohol doesn't make you fat. Everything you eat and drink has calories, drink several pints of lager on top of your breakfast, dinner and tea and you will get fat !!

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  • Alfredo_  |  February 11 2013, 10:05AM

    Being a "leading nutritionist" is almost as valid as being a "leading ****eopath". The conclusion of this "new report" is, of course, nothing new. The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition published research coming to the same conclusion nearly four years ago

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