James Green once said our society has bitter deficiency syndrome. Bitters have always been part of traditional diets. It’s only modern day diets that we see less and less bitter foods being a normal part of what we eat. Looking at the bitter components of beer a group of scientists studied the effect of matured hop bitter acids (MHBA) on weight loss. Imagine the delirious happiness of beer lovers if it worked! In conclusion the study did show a weight reduction in the MHBA group, so good news for all. The bitterness of beer is measured in International Bitterness Units (IBU’s). Two of the most popular beers, Coors and Bud, have a IBU of 10 supporting James Green’s idea that we are not choosing bitter foods to be part of our diet and therefore have bitter deficiency. To compare, a Guinness has a IBU of 40 and Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is a 90! To learn the how reintroducing bitters into our lives can have a far reaching effect please read Jim McDonald’s, Blessed Bitters.
“It is my opinion that the nearly complete lack of bitter flavored foods in the overall U.S. and Canadian diet is a major contributing factor to common cultural health imbalances such as PMS, other female and male sexual organ dysfunctions, hormonal imbalances, migraine headache, indigestion, liver and gall bladder dysfunction, abnormal metabolism, hypoglycemia, diabetes, etc. ” -James Green, The Male Herbal