A report from Fox News has been making its way around the Internet, claiming that the high density of hops in Indian Pale Ale (“IPA”) beers can likely lead drinkers to growing enlarged lady-like breasts known as man boobs — aka moobs.
As hilarious, yet tragic, as that report was, the claim is now being refuted. According to Business Insider, a professor of medical chemistry at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy named Richard van Breemen said that there is indeed a small trace of an estrogen-like compound found in hops, but the amount found in actual beer is minimal. I have zero grasp of what kind of pedigree the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy has, but I’d bet he knows his shit.
Even though I smirked at the initial headline, and the thought that all hardcore beer snobs would end up like Meat Loaf in Fight Club, this is a time to rejoice for all of us. Beer is not something any tax-paying American should ever have to worry about, because sometimes, the temptation is just irresistible. Once it hits your lips, it’s so good.
[via Business Insider]