24 Dec 2008

DB stands by low-carb beer

6:11 am on 24 December 2008

A major brewer says its low-carbohydrate beer is a healthier alternative to regular beers.

The Alcohol Liquor Advisory Council (ALAC) has told the public that low-carb beers should not be considered a healthy drinking option.

But Dominion Breweries says its low-carb Export 33 brand has fewer than half the carbs found in regular beer. A spokesperson says figures from the beer's first two months of sales show people are responding positively to this alternative.

Low-carb beers are growing in popularity, but ALAC says people should remember that, although there are fewer calories in the beer, the alcohol content is the same as in regular beer.