A beer a day keeps the doctor away

Posted: 19 January 2011

Blog category: News, Beer

Shepherd Neame has welcomed new research that shows a pint of beer a day is good for your health.

Spanish researchers found that those who regularly drank moderate amounts of beer were less likely to suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure and had a lower body fat content.

Those with a Mediterranean diet who drank up to a pint of beer 'not only did not put on weight, but in some cases even lost weight.’ Dr Lamuela said: 'In this study we banish myths. We know that beer is not to blame for obesity.'

Beer contains folic acid, vitamins, iron and calcium which researchers confirmed provide a protective effect on the cardiovascular system.

The doctors found that beer provides the same health benefits already attributed to moderate consumption of wine, and suggest combining beer with exercise and a healthy diet high in fish, fruit and vegetables and olive oil.

The joint study was carried out by Barcelona University, the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and the Carlos III Institute of Health in Madrid.

Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We welcome this research that supports what we’ve been saying for years – beer in moderation is good for your health. Our new website has more information about how beer can be part of a healthy lifestyle.”
More information on beer and health can be found here.