Beer is a largely popular drink worldwide and it is the 3rd most consumed beverage after water and tea. It is also one of the oldest beverages. Beer has been documented in the earliest texts of human civilization. It has been closely entwined with man’s day to day life.
The main components of beer are malt extract, yeast, hops, and water. There are a few additional ingredients that may be added when the situation calls for it. There are big companies that brew beer and also small scale businesses. When it is produced at a small independent brewery it is called craft beer.
Some of the best craft beers can give a very unique and traditional taste. We will now look at some of the positive and negative aspects of this beverage.
Positive health effects
Lower risk of heart disease
Some evidence suggests that beer can lower the risk of coronary heart disease. If consumed moderately, it can lower your chances of contracting heart disease by 30% – 50% when compared to those who don’t indulge. There is also evidence that points to a lower risk of heart failure in the above 65 age group.
Production of HDL cholesterol and reduced diabetes risk
Beer helps increase HDL cholesterol which is good for the body. It also reduces the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. It is seen that those suffering from diabetes have a decreased risk of coronary heart disease if they indulge in moderate drinking compared to those who don’t drink.
Provides the body with nutrients
Beer contains many B group vitamins and minerals such as Magnesium. It also has flavonoids that provide the body with important antioxidants.
Negative health effects
We are all familiar with the term “beer belly”. This is something that is largely seen in men where the abdomen protrudes noticeably. It’s quite hard to get rid of and requires regular exercise.
A high amount of beer can cause dehydration. It is advised not to drink beer on an empty stomach. It is better to ingest some carbohydrates first to soak up the alcohol. Remember to drink plenty of water before and after. Overindulging will cause intoxication and you’ll be suffering from a hangover in the morning.
Alcohol can increase the amount of time it takes for food to undergo digestion. The chances of having heartburn or acid reflux are greater when the stomach is full for a long period of time. Beer may also cause bloating. Try having smaller meals to prevent bloating. It can also be prevented by avoiding carbonated drinks and food such as cabbages and beans.
Higher risk of accidents
Alcohol can cloud the mind and impair fine motor skills. It is best to stay away from heavy lifting, driving etc. for your safety and the safety of others.
To achieve the benefits of beer, you have to use it in moderation. This includes 2 to fewer 12-ounce glasses for one day. Anything over this limit is considered particularly unsafe for your body. If you’re suffering from an illness it is better to consult your health care provider about the safe amount of alcohol for you. It is also unsafe for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.