Health 'n' hops

By JOSH SMITH  |  March 29, 2011

It's a convincing argument, but remember we are dealing with liquid calories. At an average of 153 calories for each 12-ounce beer, these add up quickly, often quicker than your stomach can tell your brain that it's full. I was always one of those annoying people who couldn't put on weight . . . until I started drinking craft beer. As with most things, the truth about beer bellies probably lies somewhere in between.

Most people understand beer is not medicine. No doctor is going to recommend that abstainers take up drinking for the health benefits. But along with a balanced diet and exercise, drinking beer regularly in moderate amounts is definitely not in opposition to a healthy lifestyle. So next time you crack open a hearty stout after a long day, don't feel guilty — enjoy!

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