OK, that was my own survey, but the good news is that there was a study.
Could beer help you lose weight?
Researchers at the State University of Oregon seem to think so. They’ve published a study showing that a compound called xanthohumol, commonly found in hops, can lower an individual’s chances of developing metabolic syndrome – a condition that indicates obesity, elevated blood pressure, increased blood sugar, and bad high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels.
Sadly, the researchers concluded that humans would have to drink over 3,500 pints of beer a day to feel the benefits of the ‘miracle’ compound – by which point they’d need a miracle just to be alive.
Lab people take all the fun out of everything.
The article does, however, go on to list some great reasons to enjoy a brew or two, including reducing your risk of stroke, diabetes and and kidney stones.
Beer is like coffee, eggs, and bacon: one day researchers say it’s going to kill you, the next they say it’s a miracle. There is far too much pessimism in the world today, so I’m going to err on the side of “miracle.” You know what helps me maintain such a positive outlook?