Sugar in beer claims are ‘off the mark’

5th February, 2014 by Lauren Eads

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) have hit back at a report claiming a pint of ale can contain up to nine teaspoons of sugar.

Beer with tape measureThe Daily Mail ran a report today discussing the hidden sugar in alcohol citing that a pint of ale contained nine teaspoons, whereas a large glass of red wine contained just a quarter.

Mulled wine was found to contain 11 teaspoons a glass, a bottle of Magners pear cider eight and a half teaspoons and a pint of Strongbow dry cider three and a half teaspoons of sugar.

Speaking to the Daily Mail cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra said the level of sugar was “staggering” adding that alcohol-related ill health costs the NHS £3.3 billion a year.

However the BBPA have refuted the claims over the level of sugar found in ale saying the assessment is “hugely wide off the mark”.

Commenting on the report, a BBPA spokesperson said: “We are investigating where these figures came from.

“In fact, a pint of ale typically contains less than a teaspoon.

“While the total carbohydrate content might be higher, this is only because the finished beer contains other sources of carbohydrates, such as soluble fibre, which have positive health benefits.

“Most beer will have very little, if any, sugar added during the brewing process, and sugars added will almost entirely be converted into alcohol.

“As today’s debate about sugar is largely a proxy for calories, it is worth remembering that beer is low in calories. A typical half a pint of bitter contains just 90 calories; that’s fewer than in the same amount of orange juice, or milk.

“Also, beer typically contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Enjoyed in moderation by those without underlying health conditions, beer can certainly be part of a healthy lifestyle.”

The World Health Organisation recommends that men shouldn’t consume more than eight teaspoons (32g) of sugar a day, or six (24g) for women.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Commercial Director

The Drinks Business Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Key Accounts Manager - Impulse Channel

Australian Vintage Limited
Croydon, Greater London, United Kingdom, GB

Sales Support Assistant

H2Vin Ltd
London, UK

Sales Administrator

Les Caves de Pyrène
Guildford, Surrey

Sales Order Processor

Amathus Drinks
Park Royal, London NW10, UK

Sales Executive (London – Craft Spirits)

Bimber Distillery
London, UK

Events & PR Co-ordinator

Alliance Wine
London, UK

Partner Development Manager - That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company
Field Based, UK

Head of Merchant Sales

Grapevine the Wineservice Company
Cumbria, UK

Business Development Manager – Central London

Marussia Beverages UK Ltd
Field based – London, UK

Account Manager – Premium Restaurants, London

Kingfisher Beer Europe Ltd
London (Central), UK

Field Sales Representative - Beer Innovation

Elastic
Various locations, UK

Events Executive

The Drinks Business
London, UK

Area Sales Executive

Gordon & Macphail
Southern England (excluding London) and Inner London, UK

Buyer – Wine & Spirits

Sipp
London, UK

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

The Global Beer Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

The Global Riesling Masters 2017

Deadline : 1st August 2017

Click to view more

The Global Organic Masters 2017

The drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Organic Masters

The Drinks Business Awards 2017

Now in its 15th year, the db awards have become the most authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry.

The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017

the drinks business Hong Kong announces its first year of The Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Click to view more