Beer Belly May Not Be Due to Beer, Says New Study

A scientific team from Germany has made a discover that will, undoubtedly, shock many.  That beer belly that everyone blames on beer – may not actually be caused by those fatty drinks.

Following nearly 20,000 people for four years and watching their weight and hip and waist measurements, they have concluded that drinking beer is not the main cause of beer belly, but rather it might be a contributing factor to overall bulk.

As they wrote in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study

“does not support the common belief of a site-specific effect of beer on the abdomen, the beer belly. Beer consumption seems to be rather associated with an increase in overall body fatness.”

The scientists hailed from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke, Fulda University of Applied Sciences and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.  Their methodical work, that included categorizing the women into four areas from “no beer” to “moderate drinkers” and the men into five categories from “no beer” to “heavy drinkers,” concluded that beer consumption did lead to a thicker waist line. It did not, however, account for the actual beer belly.


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