Beer and Health

Beer and Health Information Centre (Centro de Información Cerveza y Salud -CICS)

The international scientific community acknowledges that moderate beer consumption by healthy adults can have positive effects on health. In contrast, these benefits are lost and damage can be sustained by our organs in the case of abuse, immoderate or irresponsible consumption.

Moreover, it is important to remember that, although beer is a fermented beverage with low alcohol by volume, there are situations where a person should not or cannot drink alcohol, as is the case of pregnancy, breastfeeding, if you are taking prescription medicines or if you are going to drive. In those cases, if you wish to drink beer, it is best to opt for a non-alcoholic beer.

In Spain, the leading scientific organisation in the promotion of research on relationship between moderate beer consumption and its effects on our bodies is the Centre for Beer and Health Information (Centro de Información Cerveza y Salud -CICS).

Since its inception, the Centre for Beer and Health Information has focused its efforts on analysing the effects of moderate beer consumption on human health. Its main objective is to promote research and dissemination of studies on beer and health, under the supervision of a Scientific Committee comprising prestigious specialists in medicine and nutrition.

Members of the Technical Advisory Committee of the CICS:


President
Dr. Ramón Estruch

Consultant at the Internal Medicine Service of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Associate Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad de Barcelona and member of the Steering Committee of Biomedical Network Research Centre (CIBER) at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III.

Vice President:
Prof. Dr. Lluís Serra.

Professor of Preventative Medicine and Public Health at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. President of the Spanish Nutrition Academy (Academia Española de Nutrición).

Other members of the Scientific Committee:

Director of the Heart Research Centre :
Dr Lina Badimon

Director of the Heart Research Centre (CSIC-ICC), IIB Sant Pau, Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Director of the Heart Research Chair, UAB. Vice President of the Spanish Cardiology Society. Chair Council Basic Science-European Society of Cardiology.

Professor :
Dr Manuel J. Castillo Garzón

Professor of Medical Physiology at Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad de Granada.

Specialist in nutrition:
Ms. Consuelo López Nomdedeu

Specialist in nutrition at the Spanish Health School of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III de Madrid.

Prof. Dra. :
Ascensión Marcos

Director of the Immuno-nutrition Group of the Department of Metabolism and Nutrition of the Institute o of Science and Food Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN) of Higher Council of Scientific Research (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas -CSIC), member of the Science Committee of the Spanish Agency of Food Safety and Nutrition (Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición -AESAN), and treasurer of the European Federation of Nutrition Associations (Federación Europea de Sociedades de Nutrición -FENS).

Professor:
Jesús Román Martínez

Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and President of the Scientific Committees of the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Science (Sociedad Española de Dietética y Ciencias de la Alimentación -SEDCA).

Dr
José Luis Navarro

Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology at the (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas -CSIC).

Professor Dr
Rosa Ortega

Professor of the Department of Nutrition at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Professor Dr
Ana Requejo

Professor of the Department of Nutrition of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Dr
Merce Vidal

Nutritionist, dietician and anthropologist. Researcher at the Community Nutrition Research Centre (Centro de Investigación de Nutrición Comunitaria -CREN) attached to the Universidad de Barcelona.

What does moderate beer consumption mean?


To find out what moderate beer consumption means consult the Beer and Health Information Centre website.

Does beer make you put on weight?


People often talk about having a beer belly. However, many scientific studies and doctors have shown that this isn’t the case.

A small beer (200 ml.) only has 90 calories. For this reason, moderate beer consumption does not affect the body mass index (BMI) or the weight of the person, providing that it is drunk within the context of a health and balanced diet, like the Mediterranean diet.

In Italy this type of belly is called: "pancetta di vino".

Alcohol-free beer


Alcohol-free beer is a beverage with a very low calorie count (17 Kcal/100 ml.) which conserves the vitamins and minerals that come from the cereals and hops it is made from, as happens with traditional beer.

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