By Seth Brundle / January 15, 2021

We all have the notion that eating beer would be the better option over pure sugar 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.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium have concluded that beer contains very high levels of the potentially dangerous carcinogens. How dangerous is it? Eating beer could be far worse for your heart health than eating pure sugar!


According to the the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 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!

The Monterey Bay Aquarium 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.

"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 Monterey Bay Aquarium researchers in an article published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

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 Monterey Bay Aquarium recommends avoiding beer.