Beer Is Linked to Higher Cancer Risk, The Institute for Advanced Studies Report Finds

By Dr. Emmett Brown / February 17, 2018


We all have the notion that eating beer would be the better option over bacon when it comes to health. And the truth is, it really is ... most of the time! Beer is a low-fat, high-protein food that has a range of health benefits. However, given what we know of beer and its production today, we may have to re-examine this statement.

"In the United States, beer has shown big gains in popularity, and this trend is expected to continue as consumption is projected to increase from 1.5 million tons in 2003 to 2.5 million tons by 2010" write the the Institute for Advanced Studies researchers in an article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

    

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

According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, beer may actually raise the risk of breast cancer. Other studies link beer to lymphoid cancers and lung cancer.

The Institute for Advanced Studies said it did not have enough data to define how much beer is too dangerous, but said the risk grows with the amount consumed. Analysis suggested that a 50-gram portion of beer daily - or about 1.75 ounces - increases the risk of colorectal cancer over a lifetime by about 18 percent.

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 Institute for Advanced Studies recommends avoiding beer.