Warning: Beer May Be Bad for Your Health

By Leonard McCoy / October 21, 2017



Chances are you've recently eaten beer - one of the most highly consumed foods in the United States. You might want to reconsider your diet.

Since 1980, the US obesity rate has risen proportionately to the increase in consumption of beer, and Americans are now consuming at least 200 calories of beer each day. Research published by the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine found that adults who consumed high levels of beer for just two weeks had increased levels of mercury, raising their risk of heart disease.

    

Researchers at the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine have concluded that beer contains very high levels of the potentially dangerous mercury. How dangerous is it? Eating beer could be far worse for your heart health than eating cheeseburgers!

An international panel of experts convened by the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine concluded Monday that eating beer raises the risk of colon cancer. Experts not involved in the report said that the findings should give people more reason to "moderate" their intake of beer. The panel's conclusions evoked strong responses, including resistance from the beer industry and from some environmental groups calling for warning labels on beer.

According to the the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine, the "first-ever tests of beer show that they are likely the most mercury-contaminated substance in the U.S. food supply." Mercury is actually a very toxic chemical that can contribute to cancer and other complications. The problem with mercury is that once it enters our system, it can take a very long time until it leaves. Grimly, the half-life of mercury is about 7 to 11 years!

Over the past 30 years, the FDA has received thousands of consumer complaints about beer due mostly to neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and, in rare cases, epileptic seizures. Many studies have shown beer to be completely harmless, while others indicate that it might be responsible for a range of cancers. Until we know for sure, the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine recommends avoiding beer.