Beer is widely seen as incredibly fattening - so much so that we’ve named wobbly tummies, ‘Beer bellies’.
But beer might not be quite as bad as we all imagine.
Researchers have found that a compound in beer - a natural flavonoid, xanthohumol, found in hops - actually helps with weight loss.
Oregon State University researchers fed laboratory mice a high-fat diet - and a high dose of xanthohumol.
The mice fed xanthohumol gained 22% less weight than the others - even though they ate the same amount.
Intake of xanthohumol appears to increase their oxygen consumption and metabolic rate, which could mean it could help with weight loss.
Sadly, the levels in beer are very low - you’d have to drink 3,500 pints a day to have the same effect - but the chemical could be used in a tablet.
‘This is the first time we’ve seen one compound with the potential to address so many health problems,’ said Cristobal Miranda of Oregon State University.
‘These were very dramatic improvements.’