Beer gets a pretty bad reputation about how unhealthy it is, including the all famous beer belly. But, the truth is, beer isn’t that bad for you.
- Beer drinkers live longer
Of course, binge drinking or any type of excess drinking is not good for you. There are many risks you take if you go down that path. Recently, medical research has been discussing if resisting drinking is good for you. Research shows those who drink moderately are living longer than those who binge and those who abstain. Beer has a lower alcohol content for a larger volume making it the choice of moderate drinkers.
- Beer is all natural
Surprise! Beer is more natural than today’s juices. There are no additives or preservatives in beer. Beer contains hops and alcohol, both of which are natural preservatives. The process of beer making is that of bread making. It is cooked, fermented, filtered and packaged.
- Beer is low in calories and carbohydrates, with no fat or cholesterol
This is just getting crazy. Beer can be as low as 125 calories in a 12 ounce can. To reach your recommended daily calorie allowance, you would need to dig into almost an entire case of beer, that’s 24 beers if you didn’t know. Beer has an average of 12 grams of carbohydrates per 12 ounce can. The recommended daily carbohydrates is 300 grams. You could finish an entire case of beer before hitting your limit of carbohydrates.
- Beer improves cholesterol: Beer contains no cholesterol and has also been proven to improve your body’s cholesterol. Beer consumption can actually increase your HDL cholesterol, which is your "good"cholesterol.
- Beer helps you relax: Beer is a great social drink. It keeps away from the serious effects that quick intoxication of spirits has, but allows you to relax and hang out with your friends over a nice cold one.
- Beer is filled of vitamin B: Beer contains vitamin B, mostly folic acid, which has been shown to prevent heart attacks. Not only that, beer is full of fiber, keeping you regular. This also aides in resisting absorbing fat.
- Beer prevents heart attacks: Other than vitamin B aiding in your prevention, the antioxidants may too. The rumor states red wine is the best to keep away heart attacks. “One study profiled in the British Medical Journal in 1999 said that the moderate consumption of three drinks a day could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 24.7 percent”.
- Beer is safer than water: Okay, unless you’re in Flint, Michigan, this statement is not true in the US. However, in foreign countries where drinking the water is a no-no, local beer is the go to.
- Beer fights cancer: Hoppy beer contains a flavonoid called xanthohumol which is an antioxidant that inhibits cancer causing enzymes.
- Beer does not give you a beer belly: Fun fact; those who drink beer actually tend to weigh less than non-drinkers. Beer boosts your metabolism, keeping your body from absorbing fat.
So drink up, you’ll live longer, and most importantly you'll be happier.