IPA beers could give men man boobs

IPA beers could give men man boobs

Beer is there to unite us in times of joy, turmoil and really any other cause for celebration or commiseration. Whether you're just having a weeknight sojourn to the pub with your mates, or you're cracking open a cold one to help get you through the many twists and turns of Game of Thrones, one thing is for sure, there's nothing better than a brew at the end of a long day.

In a world rammed tight with plant-toting, bearded hipsters, it appears that nothing is safe from gentrification, including everyone's favourite alcoholic beverage. Walk into any supermarket and you will, of course, find a vast array of beers. Sure, you'll have your Stella, Corona and Budweiser, but you'll also find a selection of carefully curated "craft brews" which have began to take over the industry.

Not only do they endeavour to make drinking the cold stuff "cool" again, but they imbibe the industry with a decidedly high-brow vibe, suddenly making it acceptable for naysayers to ditch their Rosé for the stuff, you know, now that it's "hip".

Described as the "world's undisputed favourite craft beer style", IPA beers are everywhere. And if you love the stuff and are a man, you might want to consider going back to the basics as the hops in IPA beers have been linked to giving men man boobs.

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Whilst we all know that drinking beer inevitably results in beer bellies, many of us are unaware of the other consequence of drinking popular IPA brews: man boobs.

Man boobs, or "moobs" as they're often lovingly referred to, are more common than we think. Around half of men develop them at some point and, of course, they're down to all the common culprits such as hormones, diet and lifestyle. However, new evidence is now linking India Pale Ales (IPA's) to men developing moobs, or to use some scientific terminology, gynaecomastia.

Such hoppy brews cause compounds called phytoestrogens, which naturally occur in plants. These compounds have some rather beneficial qualities; they can help people who suffer from insomnia, and they can also relieve some of the unpleasant  symptoms of menopause that women experience later in life.

For men however, it's quite another story. Men who drink too much beer can experience "brewers drop" (erectile disfunction), and as we've just learnt, man boobs.

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If you're already hopelessly devoted to IPA's, however, there are things you can do to minimise the risk of developing the dreaded appendage.

Exercise helps boost testosterone, so it's a good idea to start hitting the gym if you've been enjoying one too many pints at the pub. But if you're not willing to do that, it's advised to cut down on sugar and refined carbs, as well as, you know, alcohol in general.

There are also certain foods which can help reduce the chance of "moobs", mainly leafy greens such as kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and Popeye's favourite: spinach.

Well, I'm sure that everyone's going to be a little downcast come pub quiz night, but don't worry, beer isn't the only alcoholic beverage to fear, as it's emerged that Prosecco could be giving you dental issues.