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Effects of moderate beer consumption on blood lipid profile in healthy Spanish adults

  • Javier Romeo
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    Grupo Inmunonutrición, Departamento de Metabolismo y Nutrición, Instituto del Frío, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, C/José Antonio Novais, 10, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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  • Marcela González-Gross
    Grupo Inmunonutrición, Departamento de Metabolismo y Nutrición, Instituto del Frío, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, C/José Antonio Novais, 10, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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  • Julia Wärnberg
    Grupo Inmunonutrición, Departamento de Metabolismo y Nutrición, Instituto del Frío, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, C/José Antonio Novais, 10, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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  • Ligia E. Díaz
    Grupo Inmunonutrición, Departamento de Metabolismo y Nutrición, Instituto del Frío, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, C/José Antonio Novais, 10, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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  • Ascensión Marcos
    Grupo Inmunonutrición, Departamento de Metabolismo y Nutrición, Instituto del Frío, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, C/José Antonio Novais, 10, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Published:November 02, 2007DOI:


      Background and aims

      To analyse the association of moderate beer consumption on the blood lipid profile in healthy Spanish adults.

      Methods and results

      The study had an intervention longitudinal design in which each subject established their own control with a previous wash-out phase. After a 30-day alcohol abstinence period, 57 healthy volunteers were submitted to a daily moderate intake of beer for 30 days. Serum total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, triacylglycerols, GOT, GPT, GGT and glucose values, as well as blood erythrocytes, haemoglobin, haematocrit and MCV levels, together with anthropometric parameters were determined at the beginning of the study (baseline levels) (a), after 1 month of alcoholic abstinence (b) and after 1 month of moderate beer consumption (c). Dietary intake was assessed twice by a 7-day dietary record.
      HDL-cholesterol, erythrocytes, haematocrit and MCV levels increased significantly (p < 0.05) after moderate beer consumption in women. In men, a decrease in HDL-cholesterol levels was observed after alcohol abstention. Haematocrit and MCV counts also increased significantly (p < 0.05) in men after moderate beer consumption. There were no dietary changes during the study.


      In healthy Spanish adults, the effects of moderate beer consumption during 1 month were associated with favourable changes on the blood lipid profile.


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