The Beer Belly Is a Myth, Nutritionist Says

Beer has fewer calories than wine, spirits and orange juice, Dr. O'Sullivan maintains

By on February 13th, 2013 09:36 GMT

Dr. Kathryn O'Sullivan has recently published a new report stating that, all things considered, the beer belly is nothing more and nothing less than a myth.

More precisely, said nutritionist, who now has roughly 20 years of experience in the field, maintains that beer actually has fewer calories than beverages such as wine, spirits and orange juice.

This means that, when consumed in moderation, it has very little chances of making one's waistline gain some unpleasant and unwanted inches.

Her report, titled Beer & Calories: A Scientific Review, makes a case of how, more often than not, people are quite convinced that drinking beer is not all that different from eating high-calorie foods, at least as far as putting on weight is concerned.

From Dr. Kathryn O'Sullivan's standpoint, this assumption is based on nothing more and nothing less than hearsay.

Thus, a pint of beer has roughly 40 calories less than a standard glass of wine, and therefore those wishing to indulge in a sip or two of alcoholic beverages should choose it over the latter, this nutritionist explains.

Interestingly enough, Dr. Kathryn O'Sullivan also believes that, when enjoyed in limited amounts, beer benefits an individual's overall health, and does absolutely nothing to toy with their life expectancy.

According to The Drink Business, Dr. Kathryn O'Sullivan's exact words on the matter at hand were as follows:

“Unfortunately beer has this image as a high-calorie, high-fat drink. It is very unfair. Beer drinking in Britain has become regarded by many as a vice and not a component of a healthy balanced lifestyle. But this is contrary to the latest scientific evidence.”

Furthermore, “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.”

Just for the record, Dr. Kathryn O'Sullivan's research into the health benefits of choosing beer over other beverages was sponsored by the beer industry.

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