— Beer belly - is a myth!

Professor Arne Astrup (Copenhagen, Denmark): "Moderate beer consumption protects against the beer belly"

Arne Astrup is the head of "Department of Food" at the Danish University in Frederiksberg, and guidance on nutrition in the hospital, University of Copenhagen. He conducts research on the causes of obesity. Astrup was invited to participate in a symposium on beer and health, which was held in Brussels on 4 May 2006.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the West. Therefore, the priority task is to address issues associated with these diseases. One of the factors is the formation of fatty deposits in the abdominal area. Fat in the hips may look a little unaesthetic, but they are not a sign of health problems, because the fat is located under the skin. However, the fat in the abdominal area are dangerous. In this case, much of it is under the muscle tissues of the abdomen and is precisely the "inner fat", which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

When waist circumference is more than 102 men centimeters, and women - more than 88, the risk of heart problems, such as heart attacks, increases significantly.

The people acting stomach is still called "beer belly", although consumers of beer, if moderate consumption is actually less susceptible to "beer belly". This is demonstrated by recent research. Reasons for body fat lie elsewhere: in smoking, lack of exercise and a tendency to eat junk food. According to Astrup, "it would be more correct to speak of the stomach smoker than a beer belly."

People who consume beer moderately - from 1 to 7 cups per week - at 40-70 per cent less prone to heart problems than those who do not drink beer.

According to Professor Astrup, "Moderate beer consumption increases the concentration of good cholesterol (HDL) levels, which also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. But that's not all. We also know that moderate consumption of beer from beer belly to protect. It's time to announce this information and make changes in the use of the phrase. Beer belly is not only a myth, it is a clear contradiction! "

Professor Astrup of the opinion that the beer is better than wine prevents the formation of a large belly. "Why this is so, science has not yet been established. Perhaps the reason is that the wine contains more calories than beer. And also, as the population-based study, wine lovers often beer lovers eat desserts."

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