Beer Does the Body Good?
5 reasons why ordering a beer isn't always an unhealthy option
We get it, super foods are great, spinach can do no wrong—and when in doubt, choose blueberries. But when nutrition consultant Karen Ansel, MS, RD, CDN talked about the health boosting benefits of beer—we took notice. Not like we needed a reason to pick up a 6-pack, but Ansel rounds up five ways beer does the body good—in moderation of course. Consider this round on us. Sneak in Some Fiber Beer contains the soluble fiber, beta-glucans, which is linked to lowering cholesterol levels and boosting heart health. For an extra fiber boost, go dark—darker beers pack about 1.3 grams per 12 ounces. Keep the Heart Happy Guys love beer, beer loves guys. Drinking 1-2 brewskis helps decrease the chances of blood clots by increasing HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind) while lowering the “bad” LDL levels. Protect Your Bones Drinking 1-2 beers a day can help improve bone strength (conversely heavy drinking can weaken them)—the silicon found in beer has been linked to strengthening the skeletal system. Break the Seal Beer drinkers have been shown to have a lowered risk of kidney stones compared to their hard liquor loving friends because of beer’s high water content and diuretic effect. (Who knew breaking the seal would be a good thing?) Plus, the compounds in beer have been shown to delay the release of bone calcium which is linked to stones. Get Your Daily Dose Beer has been found to be a good source of heart healthy B vitamins like B6, B12 and folate. One 12-ounce beer delivers 12.5 percent of the daily B6 Vitamin requirements—although we’re not suggesting downing 8 to reach your daily dose. It’s important to keep in mind that these benefits are for drinking beer in moderation so using your health as an excuse to have all-night booze fests just won’t cut it. And if you’re watching your weight, it’s important to remember beer isn’t calorie-free, check out this guide to the best full-bodied beers.