Beer Can Be Healthy

By Jim Cohen | March 31, 2010 | 2 Comments |
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Socrates, the famous Greek philosopher, believed in "Moderation in all things…" Well, while beer and nutrition are often placed at opposite ends of the health spectrum, there may be more benefits than you think to drinking beer (especially in moderation).  Moderation for most nutrionists means 1-2 twelve ounce glasses a day.

We've often discussed how beer is one of the oldest known beverages known to mankind. It's been brewed for thousands of years and uses some very healthy ingredients.  Many know these ingredients include: barley, malt, hops and brewer's yeast.

Scientists have found research to support that the folate found in beer may help reduce homocysteine in the blood and lower homocysteine levels mean a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, beer has been shown to lower triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol. If you are a fan of hoppy beers, researchers have shown that it's also a significant source of cholesterol-lowering, cancer-fighting, and virus-killing compounds called polyphenols.

According to the USDA, a typical twelve ounce beer has the following nutrition facts:

  • Calories: 153
  • Protein: 1.64 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.64 g
  • Calcium: 14 mg
  • Magnesium: 21 mg
  • Phosphorus: 50 mg
  • Potassium: 96 mg
  • Sodium: 14 mg
  • Zinc: 0.04 mg
  • Thiamin: 0.018 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.089 mg
  • Niacin: 1.826 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid: 0.146 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.164 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 mg

BUT WAIT A SEC!

Yes, what we wrote about beer being healthy above is true, but do you remember the theme of our first paragraph? Moderation. The benefits of beer are only present when consumed in moderation (as well as the normal considerations like don't drink when you are pregnant or if you are five). Binge drinking or excessive consumption of alcohol (any alcohol, not just beer) is not good for your body on any level.

So as you enjoy beer and realize the many benefits it may have – remember to drink responsibly.

Your Choice. Your Beer. Drink Up.
- Beer Universe



2 Comments · Beer Can Be Healthy

  • That guinness looks tasty...

  • Good look at the nutritional side of beer. Also, the more pure the ingredients, the better for you and the better tasting as well. As we all know lot of mass-marketed beers are made with rice and other fillers. Cheers!

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