How does beer affect your cholesterol control?
Drinking beer is a popular culture in many countries where drink beer is very enjoyed and frequent. But do you know that beer can harm your health due to a number of consequences such as high triglycerides, weight gain, affecting LDL and HDL cholesterol levels? Read this article for more information about the link between drinking beer and cholesterol levels.
Beer contains cholesterol-binding sterols
Beer is known as a liquid bread when it contains barley malt, yeast, and hops. These contain phytosterols, which play an important role in binding to cholesterol and get it out of your body. Some phytosterols (known as plant sterols) are added to foods and marketed as cholesterol-reducing foods.
According to some research on mice, beer consumption at a moderate level can reduce the rate of cholesterol in the liver and in the aorta. Some experts say that there exist some unidentified components in beer that may change the way lipoprotein are metabolized and decrease the risk of heart disease.
How does beer affect cholesterol?
Almost all cholesterol in our body is made naturally, while only some come from our diet. Besides components such as malt, yeast, and hops, beer contains carbohydrates and alcohol. So when you drink beer, it may raise your triglyceride levels quickly. Also, triglycerides are counted in the total cholesterol, so if the level of triglycerides increases, your total cholesterol increases as well.
How to drink beer healthily?
As mentioned above, drinking beer leads to the increased risk of high triglycerides levels and weight gain. These following tips may help.
Triglycerides. Try to limit your consumption. If you are younger than 50 years old, drink no more than 700 ml on your daily menu. Older men and women should limit a consumption below 350 ml a day. Other types of alcohol can increase your triglycerides level. If you drink wine, try not to drink more than two 120 ml glasses. Or if you drink 80 proof liquor, limit your intake lower than one or two 45 ml servings per day.
Weight gain. Drinking beer can also leads to weight gain. For example, if you drink 350ml of beer a day, you add nearly 300 calories to your daily total. If you don’t do exercise to burn off these calories, you may gain 0,5 kg every 11 or 12 days. Furthermore, being overweight can both increase LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), triglycerides and decrease your heart – protective HDL cholesterol.
Beer consumption in large amount can weaken your heart, lead to an inactive lifestyle, alcoholism and obesity. But drinking beer at a moderate level can bring benefits to your heart. To know how to drink beer healthily, it is, above all, important to talk to your doctor.
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