Good news for anybody dreading this Bank Holiday weekend on a diet – as a new study has said that drinking beer can actually help you lose weight.

You no longer have to cancel your Beer Garden plans, as the new study from researchers at Oregon State University found that xanthohumol, a flavonoid found in hops and beer, helped mice lose weight and lower their bad cholesterol levels.

They split 48 male mice into two groups. Both groups were fed high-fat diets, but one was given 30-60 milligrams of xanthohumol per kilogram of bodyweight each day for 12 weeks while the other wasn’t.

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The mice given the higher dosage of xanthuhumol cut their bad cholestoral levels by 80% and they gained 22% less weight than the other group – even though they were eating the same high-fat diet.

Miranda, a research assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute told The Telegraph: “This is the first time we’ve seen one compound with the potential to address so many health problems. These were very dramatic improvements.”

So basically, xanthuhomol, found in beer, could prevent you from putting on weight. Which is amazing. Obvs.

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