Study Says Beer Might Be Doing Wonders For Your Waistline
Beer may actually be
sort of good for you!
A recent study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University suggests that beer could possibly lower your cholesterol and your weight.
In the study, 48 mice were split into two groups, put on a high fat diet, and fed xanthohumol – a flavonoid found in most beers. Half of the mice were given 30 to 60 milligrams of xanthohumol per day, and the other half were given no xanthohumol at all.
It was found that the mice who were given the flavonoid cut their cholesterol and weight. In fact, the mice on the highest dosage of xanthohumol cut their cholesterol by 80% and their insulin level by 42% in comparison to the mice who had no xanthohumol. On the same high fat diet, the mice given the highest doses of xanthohumol gained 22% less weight than the mice who were given none of the flavonoid.
What does that mean? One ingredient found in most beers made research mice super skinny! My own translation? Beer’s not so bad!
Well, it’s not like research mice were drinking Coors Light, a craft brew, or whatever beer you find yourself drinking on the weekends. They were simply fed one ingredient. And unfortunately, if you actually wanted to ingest similar amounts of xanthohumol as the mice, you’d have to ingest unfathomable amounts of beer… all within 24 hours.
Broadly calculated that a 150 pound person would need to drink 3,500 beers in one day to ingest the same amount of flavonoids that the mice were given, aka you’d be in the hospital way before you fit into your “skinny” jeans.
Lucky for you, the researchers behind this experiment are working on a safe supplement version of xanthohumol that can be sold in stores. The researchers told Broadly that it will probably take a while before they are approved to sell a version for humans (lol). So until then, you might as well have another beer (lol).