Beer myth busting
Naturally low in sugar, with a lower calorific value compared to other alcoholic drinks, beer is one of the most misunderstood tipples around according to a new study. With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that one in ten Brits think half a pint of beer has more calories than a small glass of wine (175ml) when in fact beer (91 calories) contains fewer calories than wine (141 calories).
A quarter of Brits also think a pint of beer has more sugar than their daily Frappuccino, with a quarter not knowing that there’s actually only 2.5g sugar in half a pint of beer, compared to 35g in a tall Frappuccino.
The study went on to reveal our lack of knowledge about beer, by unveiling that over a third of adults in the UK thought drinking beer makes them fat, with 29% somehow under the impression that a half a pint of beer has more calories than a burger. Furthermore the study of 2,000 British adults, revealed that a quarter of Brits believe that a pint of beer has more fat than a chocolate bar, but that’s not the case as your average bar of milk chocolate has 13.5g, whereas a pint of beer (4.00%) has absolutely no fat in whatsoever.
Fiona Hunter, nutritionist said:
"When consumed moderately beer has some health and nutritional benefits. Beer contains fewer calories than wine but many people don't actually realise this. People often talk about the health benefits associated with wine, red wine in particular, but some don't realise that studies show that consumed in moderation, as part of a healthy balanced diet, beer is also associated with reduced risk of heart disease. We are aiming to dispel the myth that beer causes a 'beer belly' – there is no evidence to support this at all"