If you are reading this, it means that, like me, you are a beer lover. Yes, I know what they say about it being bad for you, that it packs a lot of calories and that it makes you fat plus reduces years of your life. So, how much of this is true? I have to admit that even if all of the above were true, I would still enjoy a couple of cervezas with my friends over a good conversation. Even though I am a nutritionist and I usually keep myself inside the healthier spectrum of food, I understand that we are not robots. I personally think the world is a better place with some amazing german bier in it. Even if it adds some extra weight. And of course, as you could expect while reading about this in a nutrition blog, there are some awesome health benefits from drinking beer!
So, what IS beer? Why today?
Beer is an amazing mixture of plants, bacteria, air and sugar; sounds boring, right? Chemistry allows those ingredients to become fermented and, depending on the type of brew, you obtain this sizzling cold beverage. It varies a lot depending on the yeast, barley, hops, gain and water used, but in simple terms, there are a lot of types of beer. Today, 08.04.2017, we celebrate the international beer day. This day was first celebrated in 2008 in California and, today we can safely celebrate it in more than 50 countries. The purposes of beer day, as stated on the International Beer Day official website are:
- To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer.
- To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer.
- To bring the world together by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures on this one remarkable day.
As you can see, there is a big community around the world which enjoys beer and it’s properties, from its taste and bitterness to the way it tends to create amazing stories among friends.
Is beer really that bad for you?
This will help you feel a little less guilty next time you reach for a cold one. If enjoyed with moderation, besides being filled with antioxidants and micronutrients, beer can have quite a lot of health benefits. I am referring to craft ones here, not commercial ones by the way. Among the benefits are:
- Anticancer properties
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Increased bone density
- Prevention of coronary disease
- Stress reducer
- Prevention of blood clots
- Preservation of mental health
Having said that, those benefits are based on reports on population drinking moderate amount of beer, which means keeping it under two pints. Of course, the extra calories are also a big part of beer-drinking, since each beer can supply more than 150Kcal, mostly from simple carbohydrates which are more likely to be stored in the body as fat. Cerveza also promotes disinhibition and opens up the appetite, which are both ingredients for a nice night of binge eating after downing some cold ones.
Be mindful of the reason why you enjoy having a pint and remember to enjoy in moderate amounts.
Happy Beer Day!
Remember, do not drink and drive. Drink responsibly.