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Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Beer good for intestinal microbiota, not fattening - scientific study

Porto,July.4,2022(Lusa)-Researchers from Porto's Health Technologies and Services Research Centre (CINTESIS) have concluded that "drinking beer is good for the intestinal microbiota" - a factor that has been associated with the prevention of chronic ailments such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, according to a statement released on Monday.
The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and which also involved researchers from Lisbon's NOVA Medical School, concluded that "drinking beer is good for the gut microbiota,", said CINTESIS in the statement.
"Beer consumption contributes to improving the composition of the intestinal microbiota, a factor that has been associated with the prevention of very common chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases," it notes.
During the investigation, the team recruited healthy men, aged between 23 and 58, to take part in a four-week trial, consisting of their drinking 330 millilitres (ml) of beer daily, with or without alcohol. The results showed that the consumption of beer - a drink made from fermented cereals - "increases the diversity of the intestinal microbiota, without increasing weight and fat mass," the statement notes.
At the same time, the researchers concluded that drinking this beverage "does not significantly interfere in cardiometabolic biomarkers" such as glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides.
"Interestingly, alkaline phosphatase, an important biomarker of liver, kidney and bone damage, decreased over the course of the trial," the CINTESIS statement adds, saying that beer's benefits for gut health "proved to be independent of alcohol content."
The researchers quoted in the statement say that they believe that the beneficial effect of beer may be linked with the polyphenols present in the drink, similar to what happens with red wine, and stress that the study "shows that this type of beverage rich in polyphenols, in this case beer, is an interesting approach to increase the diversity of intestinal microbiota." The study, which was led by researchers Ana Faria and Conceição Calhau, also saw the participation of other experts from CINTESIS.


Agency : LUSA

Date : 2022-07-05 10:14:00


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