by Giles Cadman
A fascinating piece of research claims that Beer Belly does not exist.
A new report claims there is no scientific evidence to support the assertion that beer causes weight gain and has labelled the beer belly a myth.
The report called “Beer & Calories; a scientific review” was written by nutritionist Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan and was sponsored by the beer industry.
Dr O’Sullivan claims that because beer has fewer calories per 100ml than wine, spirits and orange juice, swapping certain beverages for beer could be a sensible way to diet.
Obviously this comes with a caveat.
Although she does add that beer should still be drunk in moderation and if you consume large amounts of beer you will gain weight, but the same goes for those who consume significant quantities of wine.
Dr O’Sullivan told The Times: “Unfortunately beer has this image as a high-calorie, high-fat drink. It is very unfair.
“If you are a massive consumer of beer you will of course put on weight,” but, she added: ““if you are a massive consumer of wine the same would be true”.