Via- Fox News
It might seem manly to drink beer, but a chemical found in hops might be the cause of some very feminine attributes.
Hops, which gives beer its flavor, are female flowers of the hop plant and contain high levels of phytoestrogen—a plant estrogen.
According to research conducted by acclaimed herbalist and author Stephen Harrod Buhner, hops can also contribute to breast development in men and to a condition called “brewer’s droop”—or impotence brought on by heavy drinking.
“[From] long-term exposure to the estrogenic properties of hops, [they] eventually have difficulty sustaining erection,” Buhner told Vice News.
In his book, Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers, Buhner says that hops have long been used in herbal medicine to help treat things like insomnia and endometriosis, and ease symptoms of menopause.
Men who drink lot of hoppy beer, like a strong India Pale Ale, may see some unwanted effects, like man boobs, premature aging, sluggishness, tooth decay, hair loss and a beer belly.
Severe drinking can also damage the liver, which undermines the organ’s ability to metabolize hormones. An inefficient liver will convert male androgens into the estrogens, resulting in the dreaded man-boobs, or “moobs,” Dr. Robert D. Galiano, a plastic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, told Muscle & Fitness.
Just about every alcoholic beverage has a reputation of some sort. Coors Light makes girl’s lady parts stink, Busch is for poor people, Four Lokos are a heart attack in a can, and I guess those IPA hipster beers that everyone either loves or hates gives you droopy man tits and a limp dick. Yikes. Talk about a bad look for team craft beer. Sometimes the ball is forever bouncing in your court and everything is coming up IPA, then the next day you wake up in the morning with a pair of Kate Hudson A cups and a long soft. Talk about a loss for team craft beer. Can’t win ’em all I suppose.