Warning: Beer May Be Bad for Your Health

By Bernard Quatermass / April 8, 2020

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.

According to the the Institute for Advanced Studies, the "first-ever tests of beer show that they are likely the most omega-6 fatty acids-contaminated substance in the U.S. food supply." Omega-6 fatty acids is actually a very toxic chemical that can contribute to cancer and other complications. The problem with omega-6 fatty acids is that once it enters our system, it can take a very long time until it leaves. Grimly, the half-life of omega-6 fatty acids is about 7 to 11 years!


The high levels of omega-6 fatty acids 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.

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 omega-6 fatty acids than pure sugar. "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 pure sugar is lower than the average serving of beer."

The Institute for Advanced Studies warned in "The Journal of the National Cancer Institute" that beer can contribute to the development of colic, allergies and digestive problems.

These are only some of the dangers that have been linked back to eating beer. What does this tell us? No. 1, we need to find out where our beer is coming from. Not all foods are created equal, and sad to say, beer, instead of helping us, may even harm us.