Anheuser-Busch: South Beach Diet contains errors

Filed under: South Beach Diet — Tags: — @ April 22, 2004

Anheuser-Busch is claiming that the beer information found in Dr. Arthur Agatston’s South Beach Diet is based on errors. The best-selling diet book slams beer and bans drinking it, saying it is high in maltose, a form of sugar. But the beer maker says that is simply not true because there is no maltose in beer. Maltose, from barley malt, is found in beer only in its early brewing stages and is eliminated when yeast converts it to alcohol and carbonation, according to Anheuser-Busch and its quoted health professionals.

In his book, Agatston advises dieters to “avoid white wine, spirits, or, worst of all, beer”; calls maltose in beer “even worse than table sugar”; calls maltose “the king of all sugars” that leads to a “beer belly”; and says “guzzling this beverage” encourages “storage of fat around the midsection.”

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