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Beer

If you are a beer drinker, but are conscious of your weight, you might have been sold on the marketing of low carb beers recently. Apparently, since their inception, sales have gone through the roof. Unfortunately, we are the bearer of bad news.

Though carbohydrates are getting a bad rap of late, it’s not them alone that are important for your weight. It’s the total number of kilojoules, that is most important. And unfortunately, most of these low carb beers have similar (usually slightly less) total kilojoules as their more conventional counterparts. This is not to mention the fact that they have the same amount of ‘alcohol’, which of course, seems to be overlooked in the whole debate. If you are thinking about your ‘health’ and not just your weight, then that alcohol factor is even more of a consideration. They are low carb (sort of), not low alcohol.

Summary:

If you like a beer and you enjoy these low carb varieties, then fine, you may as well drink these. However, if you are drinking these on the understanding that they are in some way healthier or that you can drink more of them without putting on weight, you are mistaken.

Sorry, but it is once again a marvellous example of terrific marketing masking the real truth.