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Beer is as good for you as wine, experts say

Red7 , April 22, 2014

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A pint is just as good for you as pinot grigio, and stout won’t do you more harm than sauvignon blanc.

But most Britons wrongly believe that wine is healthier than beer according to a recent survey by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The new figures reveal that 67% of Brits think drinking wine is healthier than beer, while 13% believed drinking beer was more healthy.

Colin Valentine, boss at the  Campaign for Real Ale poured cold water on the idea that wine is beer for us than beer.

He said: “Recently I met a friend who was rather grumpily nursing a glass of red wine having been told that it was better for him than the real ale that he loves. It’s good to be able to reassure him that this is nonsense; in moderation, beer is just as healthy as wine.

“As well as the huge range of flavours and styles available to suit any palette, the big advantage with beer is that it is low in alcohol. It’s much easier to ensure that you don’t overstep the mark and start to undo the good that a drink can do to your health. The important thing is to drink as part of a healthy lifestyle. A brisk walk to the pub for a pint of real ale will do you far more good than sitting on the sofa at home with a bottle of wine.”

Professor Charles Davis, of Bamforth of the University of California, and author of Beer, Health and Nutrition, said the belief that wine was somehow healthier than beer was a “myth” and that moderation was the key, not your choice of tipple.

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