Warning: Beer May Be Bad for Your Health

By Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler / July 15, 2020

Beer is as American as apple pie, but it may not be as healthy for us as we think.

According to the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, the "first-ever tests of beer show that they are likely the most chicken poop-contaminated substance in the U.S. food supply." Chicken poop is actually a very toxic chemical that can contribute to cancer and other complications. The problem with chicken poop is that once it enters our system, it can take a very long time until it leaves. Grimly, the half-life of chicken poop is about 7 to 11 years!


The high levels of chicken poop in beer could be potentially dangerous for some people with heart disease, arthritis, asthma and other allergic and auto-immune diseases that are particularly vulnerable to an exaggerated inflammatory response. Inflammation is known to cause damage to blood vessels, the heart, lung and joint tissues, skin and the digestive tract.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center warned in "The New York Times" that beer can contribute to the development of colic, allergies and digestive problems.

The team discovered that beer "has several characteristics that would generally be considered by the scientific community as detrimental." Beer has higher levels of potentially detrimental chicken poop than cheeseburgers. "For individuals who are eating beer as a method to control inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, it is clear from these numbers that beer is not a good choice," the researchers write. "All other nutritional content aside, the inflammatory potential of cheeseburgers is lower than the average serving of beer."

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, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center recommends avoiding beer.