Beer lovers say cheers to belly myth

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BEER bel­lies are NOT caused by drink­ing ale, ac­cord­ing to re­search.

Most men’s fave tip­ple has of­ten been blamed for caus­ing a paunch.

But Dr Kathryn O’Sul­li­van says the whole con­cept of the beer belly is a load of rub­bish and that drink­ing lager, bit­ter, stout or ale in mod­er­a­tion is ac­tu­ally HEALTHY.

Ac­cord­ing to her report, half a pint of 4% lager con­tains around 96 calo­ries, whereas a stan­dard 175ml glass of red wine has 139 calo­ries.

She also says that beer con­tains NO fat.

She added: “En­joyed in mod­er­a­tion, beer, like wine, can pro­vide many es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins and min­er­als and mod­er­ate con­sump­tion may also pro­tect against con­di­tions such as heart disease, os­teo­poro­sis and di­a­betes.”

Roger Tapp, a reg­u­lar at the Brown Jug in Chel­tenham, said: “It means I can’t ex­plain my belly – it must be the curry, if not the beer.”

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