Diet Beer

Found on i-Newswire.com: a Swedish beer that is not only low in carbs, but it lowers cholesterol too!

The unique brewing process employs oats instead of barley and uses a special enzyme technology to create a beer containing beta-glucans. Research has found that these natural grain fibers can lower cholesterol. Clinical studies are underway in Sweden and the results will be evaluated in the beginning of 2005. Getting research subjects for the cholesterol-lowering study, was a snap, once they found out there would be free ‘beer’ involved.

"The normal beer-brewing procedure takes away the good stuff from cereals. Oats are widely used in brewing but the healthy fibers are normally destroyed," explained Arne Berge, project leader….

[T]he experimental brew may get a packaging facelift and be sold in the United States under license as the "Swedish Opera" brand of cholesterol-lowering low carb beer, with only 3.9 grams of carbohydrates. It’s a great tasting light brew with only 63 calories per 12 ounce bottle, repositioning it as a premier light beer has potential says Davis. The Swedish Opera cholesterol-lowering beer is not only low calories, but is low in carbs, making it the perfect diet beer that stays true to its tag line: ‘the opera is not over until the fat lady sings’.

Interesting. As a comparison, regular beer typically has about 148 calories per bottle.

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