It’s summer time so you know what that means, it’s time to sit back and relax with a cold brewed beer.
If you think drinking beer will cause your summer body to round out whilst rocking your new favorite bikini – think again.
Wine has definitely made a name for itself for being a healthy drink to have, leaving beer in the background to get a bad reputation – aka, the beer gut. Don’t let that myth fool you, though gaining weight from beer is possible, it’s usually because of the foods that are associated and consumed with an alcoholic beverage – bar food. Research within the beer world, though, has shown that if you consume beer at a moderately and responsible pace (roughly two beers per day), you could begin to reduce your risk for weight gain. It’s all about moderation, and how you’re pairing your beer with food – Eating Well has a great, small article that gives some tips for pairing foods and beers.
Let’s get back to why beer could actually be beneficial for daily consumption. One really cool fact is that it’s loaded with Vitamin B! The source of that is found within the yeast that’s used to make beer. Some beers are also packed with calcium and magnesium. Most dark beers have a great level of iron – which is important because iron helps carry oxygen from our lungs to our muscles and other significant organs.
Another really cool benefit of drinking beer is it may reduce your risk of heart disease! According to some studies, almost all types of alcohol are said to have boosted HDL – which is the good cholesterol. Not only that, but having a moderate amount of beer daily (two per day) can also help with reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes.
Some weight loss prevention benefits are that beer is high in fiber. Not only meaning it’s a natural laxative, but this also means it’ll keep you full longer. Beers are normally always portion controlled too – whether it’s a draft, a can, or a bottle, you know how much you’re consuming and being aware of that is great.
Beer is also good for the bones, which I know may surprise you, but research has shown that beer contains an element that’s important for our bone structure. However, this study was done with moderate amounts of drinks, and heavily drinking can actually cause the opposite effect.
Don’t feel guilty for popping open a beer this summer, instead, have one or two and enjoy the weather. Beer will help cool you down, and relax after a stressful day at work. Remember to be mindful, though, and drink responsibly. All benefits listed are to be done in a moderate way, like stated that’s two beers a day. So drink safely and enjoy!