Beer, carbohydrates and diet

  • Bamforth C
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Abstract

The enormous incidence of excess body weight in the population of the
United States and the attendant risks that obesity brings has stimulated
unprecedented interest in diets, especially those that do not leave an
individual feeling hungry. In particular this has led to so-called `low
carb' diets. Beer has suffered unfairly through erroneous claims made in
connection with at least one of these diets and has been unfairly
categorised as being ``high carb{''}. In the face of this-and despite
the fact that the vast majority of beers contain low levels of so-called
``carbs{''}-there have been certain brands specifically branded as low
carb products. Brewers intent on marketing products that may genuinely
be considered to be part of a ``calorie counting{''} diet should focus
on developing products of excellence that contain low levels of alcohol,
the latter molecule being the major source of calories in most beers.
They may also do more to press the claim of beer as being a source of
``good carbs{''}, for the soluble fibre and prebiotic molecules that it
contains and which are derived from the beta-linked glucans and
arabinoxylans that derive from the cereal cell walls.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Calories
  • Carbohydrate
  • Diet
  • Fibre
  • Glycaemic index
  • Glycaemic load
  • Glycemic
  • Metabolism
  • Obesity

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  • C. W. Bamforth

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