Beer And Weight Loss? Find Out Other Health Benefits Of Beer Drinking

May 02, 2016 04:00 AM EDT | By Mark Jason Alcala

Scientists say a compound in beer could help one stay slimmer.
(Photo : Photo by Robin/Flickr CC)

Beer has been known for lot of health benefits but promoting weight loss is probably not one of them. Yet, researchers recently concluded that beer may actually help people loss weight.

Researchers say that xanthohumol, a flavonoid in hops and therefore also found in beer, can help in weight loss, reports FoxNews. This recent discovery, according to the researchers, could pave a new approach to solving the obesity problem gripping the nation.

The researchers found additional health benefits of xanthohumol as well. Apparently, the flavonoid can also lower cholesterol and even lower blood-sugar levels.

Sounds confusing and counter intuitive, doesn't it? After all, beer is usually the first to go when doctors start eliminating food items due to high blood sugar levels. One is right to suspect that beer might not make one loss weight or even lower blood sugar levels because of its high carb content.

Actually researchers say that the levels of xanthohumol found in beer are so minute that one needs to drink a whopping 3,500 pints of beer a day to experience xanthohumol's slimming effect. Instead, scientists are looking at the option of taking xanthohumol as a supplement to get the desired amount without the unwanted calories associated with beer drinking.

But beer lovers should not worry too much; beer offers plenty of other health benefits. For example, Men's Health cites an Italian study that found beer to be a heart-healthy drink. Moderate beer drinkers had 42 percent lower heart disease risk compared to non drinkers. But the key word here is moderate which, according to scientists, should mean one pint a day at 5 percent alcohol.

Another compelling reason to drink a brew or two is that beer can actually enhance one's creativity. A not-so-sober study show that beer drinking men solved verbal puzzles faster than the beer-free group.

If one still needs a little more convincing to take up the beer habit, this one might just prove to be the clincher. Beer actually has anti-aging properties, according to Organics Facts. Apparently, beer magnifies the effect of vitamin E, a major antioxidant in the body, which is also a factor of keeping the skin supple and young looking.

So the next time one meets one's beer-drinking friends who look healthier and younger, blame it on the beer.


© 2015 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz
Chicago School Officials Address Junk Food

Latest Trend Show Soda Losing Its Appeal Fast

A recent Mintel study shows that a quarter of American no longer ordering soft drinks in restaurants compared to a year ago.

McDonald's Reports Record November Sales Up 14.9 Percent

Unusual McDonald's Outlet Offers No Seating For Patrons

A new McDonald's concept outlet has to dining area. Instead, it offers a 'walk up" window to serve customers on foot. Food from this particular McDonald's store are all ordered to go.

Stall Holders Brave The Extreme Cold To Sell Food On The Wintry Roads Of Siberia

Pineapple & Bubblegum Flavored Strawberries Launched in Australia

Raintree Nursery has launched pineberries (or pineapple flavored strawberries) and bubblegum flavored strawberries in Australia, which are absolutely "fabulous".

Food Tech
Mmm... breakfast burrito

Burrit-OH! App: True Love Might Just Come With An Extra Hot Sauce

A new app wants you to find your perfect match solely based on burrito preferences.

Shake Shack Raises Prices For Upcoming IPO

Environmentally Conscious Canadian Creates An App For Budget Foodies

Feeling responsible for the planet, Pellegrini decided to make an app that could prevent leftover foods in eateries from making a trip to the landfill.

Planet Mars Shows Signs Of Liquid Water

Vegan Diet Could Attract Alien Activity

Cosmic mythologist and medical astrologist Laura Magdalene Eisenhower, posited that our diet as humans play an important role in attracting alien life into Earth.

Real Time Analytics