Study: Belgian Beer And Coffee Could Help Keep You Slim

on 13/05/15 at 10:49 am

Booze News

imagesCoffee and garlic also boost the natural defences in the stomach against obesity, cancer and heart disease, new research claims.

The secret to keeping slim might just be found in the most unlikely of places – a bottle of Belgian beer.

According to a top scientist, gut bacteria that helps keep people thin is boosted by booze from Belgium and coffee – but is killed by junk food.

Professor Tim Spector, King’s College London, is claiming that microbes that live in people’s bodies make up 90 per cent of living cells and when disrupted could be a major cause of obesity.

In his new book, The Diet Myth, the genetic epidemiology specialist, also discovered that sweeteners in diet fizzy drinks had adverse affects on metabolism, leading to weight gain, while fasting diets such as the 5:2 diet could benefit microbes and metabolism.

Prof Spector was researching the links between microbes, food and health in an attempt to an gain insight into the burgeoning obesity crisis.

But he found some elements were down to genetics, with a third of people naturally possessing microbes which prevented them getting fat, while genes even determined some people’s preference for salads, broccoli or garlic.

A statement from the publishers Weidenfeld and Nicolson, said: “Compared to our recent ancestors who lived outside cities, with rich and varied diets and without antibiotics, we have only a fraction of the diversity of species of microbes living in our guts.

“Scientists are only now starting to understand the long-lasting impact this has on all of us.