Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Some spin on a beer belly .

Most people think that spin is confined to Westminster politics and publicity departments of large companies. But no, everybody is at it, including the Campaign for Real Ale. Swapping wine for beer could help people lose weight, CAMRA has claimed. The news could help publicans encourage customers away from the treadmill and into their pubs, as substituting wine for beer for a single week could save as many calories as a half an hour jog. A Beer Academy report revealed that half a pint of 3.8 per cent bitter contains just 85 calories, compared with a 175ml glass of white wine, found to contain 131 calories. Brewing expert Charlie Bamforth was pleased with the news. “For years beer has been blighted by a reputation for being more fattening than other drinks," he said. "The major source of calories in any drink is the alcohol itself, and because beer is the drinks category with the lowest average alcohol content it is also lowest in calories.”

This in my opinion is a load of spin! If you offer me a half pint of 3.8 per cent beer, I will tell you where to put it. I enjoy drinking beer in pints, half pints are for children. Any beer under 4.2 per cent alcohol by volume is not worth drinking. You must compare like with like and a half pint of children's beer is not a fair comparison to a 175ml glass of wine. So changing from wine to real ale will not reduce your belly. Sorry guys!
Stones Bitter 3.7%, Boddintons 3.8%(4.1% if cask conditioned)two great session ales at less then 4.2%. However being a session ale means that you will be drinking considerbly more then a half pint so your point is valid.

Sorry John but if I had to suffer Boddingtons or Stones bitter, then I would rather become tee-total. The same applies to Banks Bitter.
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