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In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.
As a celiac and former beer snob I can attest to beer having the same detrimental effects as other gluten-grain products. I do however chug down some gluten-free beers now and then with no ill effects. It's mainly the gluten you'll have to worry about.
"You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."
I don't really care: it's a bit of a non-question to me.
"What effects does it have on the drinker?" seems a better question to me. I think it might possibly be "worse" than some other alcoholic drinks, but I doubt there's definite proof of that.
Certainly "beer belly" is a clearly observable phenomenon, and it's rather laughable that "experts" have been going on about fat for years when you can see grown men looking like pregnant women on the back of their beer drinking. These days you can also see kids with Coca Cola bellies. Professor Robert H. Lustig famously shows how both alcohol (the beer) and fructose (the Coca Cola)—both delivered quickly in liquid form, of course—can cause problems. Glucose can be metabolized by any cell in the body; alcohol and fructose only hepatically:
On that basis, I guess other alcoholic drinks would be as bad.
Interestingly, one U.S. researcher in the 1950s—so this is before the "obesity epidemic"—wanted to find some obese subjects for study and it took him eighteen months to find 20 obese subjects for his study who were not alcoholics.
But there are some specific problems with beer ...
1. there is the question of gluten for coeliacs (and possibly the "gluten sensitive" if they do exist, which seems not to have been definitely proved yet). Oh, and of other anti-nutrients. Obviously, beer is made from malted grain—or at least it should be—and I guess the sprouting the grain would help with some of those. But not with gluten. This is why there are gluten-free beers.
2. I guess beer is also a problem in that it tends to be drunk in large quantities in rounds. There's a different context for wine–it tends to be drunk with food. If you meet your friends for "a beer" it can never be just a beer—at least that's true for us. Maybe Americans are more abstemious than us. (I never heard that the Aussies were!)
3. Finally, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet people say that the complex sugars that beer yeast, saccharomyces cerevisiae, can't break down can feed pathogenic bacteria in the gut.
Beer definitly counts as a grain in my book, it raises my blood sugar and produces the same bloating and water retention I get from other grain products. That being said, it also definitly counts as part of my 20% on occasion. "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Benjamin Franklin
“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” - William Londen