Today's burning question...
What are the health benefits of Beer?
Surprisingly, beer actually does have some health benefits. Despite it's reputation as "man's ruin", beer contains a number of natural antioxidants and vitamins that can help prevent heart disease and even rebuild muscle. Beer also has one of the highest energy content by weight of any food or beverage.
Of course, this means that you need to set limits – one beer gets the party started, four beers make you fat.
Now, if you’re worried about dehydration, keep in mind that beer is 93% water, this is why we only "rent" beer as it goes through the system very quickly. According to a Spanish study, Beer may actually provide better hydration than Water alone, when you’re sweating it all out under the blistering sun.
So, what's the best beer for you?
Calorie-wise, you may be tempted to grab a light lager, but, for health benefits, a dark beer is the better choice. Dark beers tend to have the most antioxidants, which help reverse cellular damage that occurs naturally in the body. A recent study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture has also found that dark beer has a higher iron content compared to lighter beers. Remember, iron is an essential mineral that our bodies needs; it is a part of all cells and does many jobs, most importantly, carrying oxygen from our lungs throughout the rest of our bodies.
Another good health choice is microbrews, which are healthier than mass-produced cans, because they have more hops. Hops contain polyphenols, which can help lower cholesterol, fight cancer, and kill viruses.