We love beer, sure—but do our bodies? Turns out, the answer can be yes. Flavor- packed, mineral-rich beer is practically a carbohydrate delivery system, nutritionally speaking. Dark beers are naturally high in antioxidants; and hops (which add spice and aroma to beer) are rich in healthful anti-inflammatory polyphenols.
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Until now, though, many craft beers have been simply too syrupy and alcoholic (read: caloric) to make much sense for the fittest guys. But the good-beer revolution has a new weapon: lower-calorie, naturally produced brews with all the heft and hops of microbrews, minus the flab. Here, eight picks for guilt-free post-workout pints.