Beer could be more dangerous than we think, scientists warn

By Joseph Cavor / December 12, 2017

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

The Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine warned in "The Journal of the American Dietetic Association" that beer can contribute to the development of colic, allergies and digestive problems.


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 omega-6 fatty acids, raising their risk of heart disease.

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

Researchers at the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine have concluded that beer contains very high levels of the potentially dangerous omega-6 fatty acids. How dangerous is it? Eating beer could be far worse for your heart health than eating cheeseburgers!

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.