Ipokratis Papadimitrakos debunked the beer belly myth

Ipokratis Papadimitrakos debunked the beer belly myth
Ipokratis Papadimitrakos debunked the beer belly myth

What is your favorite alcoholic drink? The next few lines will prove to you that beer can be not only a beer, but also he althy, as well as suitable for your dietary regimes.

The calorie content of beer is one of the lowest compared to a number of foods and beverages. There are about 148 calories in a 330ml pint of light beer, significantly less than a 100g small sandwich (250kcal), a 100g portion of fries (335kcal) or a 100g sausage (340kcal).

Current data indicate that the average energy value of light beer is about 43 – 45 kcal per 100 g (ml). Non-alcoholic beer has the fewest calories per 100 milliliters – 25 kcal, and dark beer has the highest energy value.

These and other curious facts from the world of beer were presented by the popular nutritionist Ipokratis Papadimitrakos during a spring party organized by the Union of Brewers in Bulgaria. The expert compared the amount of calories in a number of foods and drinks and recommended the most suitable combinations to keep our figures elegant and slim.

Compared to other drinks, the energy value of 100 ml of beer is even lower than our favorite orange juice, which contains 47 kcal per 100 ml. Liqueurs and energy drinks also show higher values – respectively 320 kcal and 64 kcal per 100 ml.

The nutritionist urged guests not to take the "beer belly" myth seriously, as the main contributors to weight gain are high-calorie food and lack of exercise. Ipokratis Papadimitrakos reassured all beer lovers, stressing that with moderate consumption, any glass of beer can be easily and quickly "melted" with light physical activity. For example – the calories from a standard 330ml beer drink can be burned in just 10 minutes of running or 33 minutes of walking.

If you're into cycling - 12 minutes is all it takes to lose the calories you've consumed, but if you've had even one small beer, you'd better be responsible and postpone cycling. For comparison - 177 ml of alcoholic cocktail (e.g. pina colada) contains 644 kcal, which can be spent with 37 minutes of running and nearly an hour of cycling.

On the other hand, moderate consumption of beer is recommended after active sports activities, as it successfully hydrates the body. The combination of water, vitamins and s alts in beer contributes to the faster restoration of the water and electrolyte balance in the human body. Behind these interesting data, of course, there are a number of scientific studies and evidence to support the facts described above.

The low calorie content of beer is due to the minimal amounts of proteins and fats in its composition. Complex carbohydrates account for about 50% of the energy in beer and help to eliminate toxic agents that have entered the body with food and have a beneficial he alth effect.

Their content varies between 4.85 – 7.40 g per 100 g of beer. The beneficial effects of beer in moderate consumption do not stop at the topic of its energy value. It is known that low-alcohol natural drinks such as beer contain a large amount of vitamins and antioxidants.

The level of these beneficial substances even exceeds that in some of the most common fruits and vegetables such as apples, lemons, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe. With moderate consumption, with 500 ml of beer can be delivered from 9 to 27.5% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B6, from 3.5 to 14.1% - for vitamin B2, and between 4.0 to 10.5% – for vitamin B3.

"If we compare and compare the contents of a multivitamin package from the pharmacy with that of beer, I assure you that you will be confused whether we are talking about beer or vitamins," commented the nutritionist.

The given data once again broke the urban legends and myths and proved that due to the negligible amounts of fat and proteins, the small amount of alcohol and carbohydrates, and the high water content of beer, drinking beer does not lead to accumulation of extra pounds in moderate consumption. And you don't have to deprive yourself of the pleasure of a glass of beer if you want to lead a balanced lifestyle.

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