Red Wine Health Benefits

Good News for Beer Lovers Too

Wine sales increased dramatically when reports of red wine health benefits became public. Here is an interesting twist for beer lovers everywhere. The good news is out: Drinking beer is good for your health according to the American Dietetic Association.

The healthy aspects of drinking beer are not the same as the well documented red wine benefits. Beer has something better: "Unique nutrition properties" according to the ADA. So, what is so good about drinking beer? The list is impressive:

  • Beer and wine are known to increase HDL cholesterol, lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of blood clotting. Lower incidence of gallstones, decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and improved cognitive function in older adults. (Editor's note: Yeah, my cognitive functions, whatever they are, are getting a little rusty so I better order a brewski.)
  • Compounds in hops may also slow the release of calcium from bone that is implicated in kidney stones. Additionally, beer drinkers seem to have a more protective effect towards greater bone mineral density due to the high content of silicone in beer.
  • Beer is fat free and about 4% of total calories is protein. Vitamins are in beer such as selenium, silicon, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus.

The above information is likely being met on college campuses with warm welcomes. With all this good news I'm tempted to gather my friends and head to a brew pub to celebrate all this worthwhile scientific achievement. Oh yes, there is one little teeny tiny gotcha in all the high flalutin' lab results. The ADA press release says:

MODERATE CONSUMPTION

What is moderate consumption of beer according to these fine folks? Ha! Waaay down at the very end of the press release in the last paragraph they give the bad news. Moderate consumption of beer is defined as "one 12 ounce beer for women and two for men in a DAY!"

Here is the link to the ADA press release. Be sure to see the chart comparing the nutrients in beer versus wine.

Health benefits of beer


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