Tip of the Day
Cheers for Beers
While red wine is often publicized as the heart-healthy libation, evidence is showing beer has a great deal of nutrition and health-promoting qualities as well.
Like wine, in moderation beer can even be good for you:
- Researchers found that beer lowered the risk of kidney stones in men compared to other alcoholic beverages. Compounds in hops may also slow the release of calcium from bone that is implicated in kidney stones.
- Made from barley, beer contains a type of soluble fiber credited with improving heart health by lowering cholesterol levels. A 12-ounce bottle of lager contains 0.75 grams of fiber and the same amount of dark beer boasts 1.3 grams
- Beer provides B vitamins like folate, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12. One 12-ounce beer supplies 3 percent of the B12 and 12.5 percent of the vitamin B6 you need in a day
- It can aid in strengthening your skeleton. While heavy drinking can weaken bones, a couple of beers a day can make them stronger. Beer is rich in silicon, an element found in few foods and drinks, which has been linked to stronger bones.
- It's perfectly packaged for portion control. Because beer comes neatly premeasured in its own bottle or can, you'll know when to say when. For the biggest health benefits drink no more than one to two beers a day.
For more information on leading a healthier lifestyle, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Eat Right Nutrition Tips.
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Reviewed November 2012