This was expressed by the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Science ( SEDCA ), Jesús Román , and his co-author, Alejandro Sanz, from the Endocrinology Service and Nutrition at the Miguel Servet Hospital in Zaragoza, Spain.
The campaign was presented at the Press Association in Malaga, supported by the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity ( Seedo ) and the Information Center for Beer and Health ( CICS ) and it is aimed to both, professionals and general public, who have distributed educational materials in the Endocrinology Divisions of the Spanish hospitals.
They educate about the urban myths that exist around beer and, specifically , the myth of the "beer belly"', by sharing several studies and recent clinical research conducted in Spain that not only deny but "prove otherwise".
The main problem has been what people consume along with beer, they stated.
They explained that fermented beverages are part of the Mediterranean Diet and despite its English origin, beer is 5,000 years old in Spain .
Beer has a very high water content and it is made up of nutrients and minerals, such as phosphorus and magnesium, as well as vitamin B. As a result, experts have found that there is now solid scientific basis to recommend it to patients.
Despite the growing problems of obesity in our population, "postitive perception has grown tremendously”. They have clarified that a beer contains between 75 and 100 calories and in the case of beer without alcohol, only about 40 calories .
However, Sanz has stressed the importance of moderate consumption of beer. Which he defined as one or two beers (that contain alcohol) a day for women; and two or three for men.
For people who are on a dietary treatment they recommended to calm their thirst with a non-caloric beverage such as water or tea , and to use non-alcoholic beers instead .
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