Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Beer Wine in Weight-Loss Diets?

Fox 'n Friends interviewed author Bradley Scott Cailor about his new book Drink Beer Lose Weight.

Taylor claims he lost 110 pounds simply and easily over the course of one year, including consumption of beer in his diet.

IMO, however, the anchors interviewing Cailor should have included Dr. Manny, who could have set the record straight on the controversy that continues due to the South Beach Diet book's recommendations...

Beer Drinker's Diet Book Building Devoted Followers

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Columbia, SC, United States, 12/25/2006 - The beer drinkers diet garnering fantastic accolades.

While most new weight-loss books are usually met with skepticism, The Beer Drinkers Diet by Bradley Scott Cailor is sweeping the nation based on the long-awaited premise of a weight-loss plan for “regular people” who still want to enjoy life’s indulgences. In fact, the author has already lost 114 pounds of ugly fat by following this common sense, but cutting-edge plan


Another book

The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet: A Low Carbohydrate Approach Bob Skilnick


The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet: A Low Carbohydrate Approach

1st Books announces that Bob Skilnik, author of The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet: A Low Carbohydrate Approach (ISBN: 1410733858)... Skilnik's guide to low carbohydrate living is unique in its observance of a weight reduction program that includes the moderate consumption of both light and regular brewed beers. "Until this book, beer drinkers watching their carb intake were limited to light beers," says author and beer expert Bob Skilnik. "This book is all about choice."...

A check of the website reveals some of the links don't work.

the link to this site works

Beer & Health Beer to be consumed with care

Meanwhile, South Beach Diet book was a subject of contention:

'South Beach Diet' Contains Errors On Beer

MIAMI, April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dieting adults who love their
beer, but have given it up based on the advice of "The South Beach Diet"
author Dr. Arthur Agatston now have good news: His attacks on beer are based
on errors, which his online nutritionists now admit.

The best-selling "South Beach Diet" book slams beer and bans drinking it,
saying it is high in maltose, a form of sugar.

The trouble is, there is no maltose in beer.

Maltose, from barley malt, is found in beer only in its early brewing
stages and is eliminated when yeast converts it to alcohol and carbonation.
Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob, Michelob ULTRA and all major-selling Anheuser-
Busch beers contain no maltose.

"The notion that beer contains large amounts of carbohydrates is simply
untrue," said Dr. Sam Klein, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at
Washington University School of Medicine. "Furthermore, the carbohydrates in
beer are not sugar. Basically all of the sugar is converted to alcohol during

In fact, most light beers contain fewer than 7 grams of carbohydrates per
serving, which is defined as low-carb by the Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade
Bureau (TTB), which regulates the alcohol industry. Regular beers contain
about 10 grams of carbohydrates per 12-ounce serving.

"Independent testing confirms there is no maltose -- or any other sugar --
in our beers, or most other popular beers," said Douglas J. Muhleman, group
vice president and chief brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch, Inc. "This is a basic
fact of brewing science, and a call to any brewer would have cleared this up
for Dr. Agatston."

In his book, Agatston advises dieters to "avoid white wine, spirits, or,
worst of all, beer"; calls maltose in beer "even worse than table sugar";
calls maltose "the king of all sugars" that leads to a "beer belly"; and says
"guzzling this beverage" encourages "storage of fat around the midsection."

"We have notified Dr. Agatston about his inaccuracies," said Francine
Katz, Anheuser-Busch vice president and spokesperson. "Unfortunately, he has
so far refused to remove these false statements from his books and Web site.
He has taken no substantive action to make it known to the millions of people
who followed his advice that the information he provided on beer is terribly
flawed and misleading. They have a right to know the truth, so we are doing
our best to provide it."


"Beer does contain calories, which is important to consider when trying to
lose weight," said Dr. Klein. "Light beers have about 100 calories, and
regular beers about 160 calories in a 12-ounce bottle."

Despite the fact that Agatston and his online nutritionists have partially
acknowledged the truth about beer carbohydrates, they have done so only to the
limited audience in the diet's chat room and have not changed the information
on beer in the "South Beach" books or Web site.

An online expert for "The South Beach Diet" recently wrote in the chat
room: "This diet is constantly changing based on new research so some of the
info in the book is out of date. One of those items, you will be happy to
know, is the ban on beer ... One or two drinks [of beer] is unlikely to cause
weight gain since it takes an extra 3500 calories over what the body needs to
gain a pound of fat."

When questioned about low-carb beers by one chat room dieter, Agatston
replied: "All of the alcoholic beverages, when consumed in moderation, appear
to have favorable effects on heart disease and diabetes prevention. We feel
that, as a rule, consuming alcohol with a meal is much more preferable than is
consuming alcohol on an empty stomach. We also prefer the low-carb beers,
such as Michelob ULTRA, to the high-carb beers."

This revised advice about beer comes after Anheuser-Busch notified
Agatston about the inaccuracies in letters sent to him in February and March.

"We are not saying drinking beer will cause you to lose weight," said
Katz. "Rather, we are providing accurate information for adults to determine
what products fit within their food and beverage choices. We want any
consumption of our beers to be by adults and to be responsible."

Details and sources on carb diet book misinformation on beer can be found
in a brochure, "Beer Carbohydrates - The Real Story," available online at

http://www.anheuser-busch.com ...


For the benefit of anyone who’s considering using the low carbohydrate approach to shedding unwanted pounds, and doesn’t want to wait for some politicians in Washington, D.C. to make up their minds as to whether all beers should have a nutritional analysis statement on them or not, here’s a list of some popular regular brewed beers with their carbohydrate contents. All carbohydrate values are for twelve-ounce servings...


Psychology Today
The Wino Diet

Wine protects against diseases of the heart and brain, but it may be that wine drinkers just lead a healthier life
by Willow Lawson


Feds clamp down on low-carb beer claims
Posted by Luis F. Escalante on April 8


Liver Health: The Beer Drinker's Best Herbs
By Alex Santoso, Ph.D. - Web Site: Anchor Health
Health Correspondent - Every other Saturday

...One of the most common harmful effects of alcohol is on the liver, the organ that removes toxins from the body. In the liver, enzymes first convert alcohol into acetaldehyde, a chemical intermediate that can cause nausea, headache, vomiting, and other bad effects of alcohol ingestion. During this step, a molecule called NADH is also produced.

What all this means for your health and how you can help save your liver...

Acetaldehyde is further metabolized into acetic acid, and then water and carbon dioxide that we breathe out. Unfortunately, in people who drink daily, the body might not be able to metabolize the toxic acetaldehyde fast enough.

To make matters worse, heavy drinking can elevate the levels of NADH, which can lead to the accumulation of fat in the liver in a condition called fatty liver. A liver clogged with fat is not only less efficient in performing its duties, it can also lead to a reduction in the distribution of oxygen and nutrients to the liver's cells. Left untreated, this causes liver cells to die and form fibrous scar tissue leading to cirrhosis or scarring of the liver -- a potentially deadly condition.

Yet another effect of high levels of NADH is the formation of harmful free radicals, which can cause further damage to the cells in the liver and the rest of the body...


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