The Next Weight Loss Supplement Might Come From Hops

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In the battle of the bulge, points go to beer. Lab mice on a high-fat diet that were fed a certain compound extracted from hops gained weight more slowly than mice that didn’t get the supplement.

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“Xanthohumol, found at low levels in beer, improves obesity and metabolic syndrome in part by changing gut microbiota,” says Adrian Gombart, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University.

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Xanthohumol isn’t concentrated in beer enough for a weight-loss effect, but a supplement made from hops may be down the road. For now, if you’re worried about weight, still opt for a light beer.

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