A team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Kailuan Hospital in China finds that moderate drinking may slow the decline of ‘good’ high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
For their study, the scientists analyzed the data of 80,081 Chinese men and women whose average age was 49 years. The participants were divided into five groups: never, past, light, moderate, and heavy drinkers. Moderate drinking was defined as 0.5-1 drink a day for women and 1-2 drinks a day for men.
The researchers found that moderate drinkers had a slower decline in HDL than never-drinkers and heavy-drinkers. They also found that HDL levels fell more slowly in people drinking beer.
The Beer Institute, an industry group made up of many major beer makers, announced that they would provide labels to include calorie, carbohydrate, protein, fat, and alcohol by volume (ABV) information on beer labels. They established the Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative which will include the date of production, along with a list of ingredients on the label itself, on the packaging, on a website, or via a QR code.
Moreover, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) starts to requir alcoholic beverages to have a separate calorie count on restaurant menus.
Of course, we can’t claim that all beer will have nutrition labels because currently it is not a law. But a lot of famouse American brewers as Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, HeinekenUSA, Constellation Brands Beer Division, North American Breweries and Craft Brew Alliance agreed to comply with the guidelines by end of 2020.
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