Before I begin to argue about my above statement, I would like to say that I was pleased to accept the challenge, however not for the first time to talk about the benefits of beer consumption.

Me, like every lady, and as a physician on top of all with a strong interest in nutrition, I’m also facing the dilemma what refreshing drink to choose that is both healthy and with not so many calories.

The image of a cold beer in a mug is more often associated with male companies, along with a sexy blond serving it and the green soccer field on the screen. But we the ladies also love beer. The amber drink with hops aroma and snow froth, especially served in the company of friends, is a perfect drink for the summer heat, and the abstainers can enjoy it. The non-alcoholic beer contains the same nutrients as the traditional and has only 23 calories per 100 ml.

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The amber liquid has been produced for the first time in Mesopotamia more than 6000 years ago and is a great choice for alcoholic beverage, especially in the heat. The beer is really antique and we can hardly think of what transformations this drink has experienced till nowadays. After Mesopotamia, the beer has taken its way to Europe, where it is mainly produced at home and in monasteries. After the first industrial revolution the big breweries appeared, and the invention of the thermometer and the alcoholmeter allowed the whole process to be controlled more precisely.

Entirely prepared from natural ingredients: water, barley and hops, the beer is a source of the vitamins from the B group, minerals and fibers. The beer contains more than 2000 ingredients, including folic acid, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular events and anemia. The moderate consumption of beer has an antioxidant action by keeping the organism from free radicals, or in other words said – from premature cell aging. This happens due to the polyphenols in its composition.

Mineral composition of beer
www.EuroFIR.org (Data of 16 European Countres)

Minerals

Measuring units Mean amount in 100 ml Dailylneeds 

Men,19-50 y.

Daily needs

Women,19-50 y.

Calcium mg 4,90 700 700
Copper mg 0,01 1,2 1,2
Iron mg 0,09 8,7 14,8
Potassium mg 35,33    3500 3500
Magnesium mg 7,54 300 270
Manganese mg 0,02 3 31,92
Silicon mg 1,92 No data No data
Sodium mg 4,51 1600 1600
Phosphorus mg 19,42 550 550
Selenium mcg 0,31 75 60
Zinc mg 0,03 9,4 6,8

The beer has a well-deserved place in the active life of modern man if consumed in moderate amounts. The conducted studies with multiple people from the recent years show once again that the moderate beer consumption reduces the risk of obesity, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases. In terms of its caloricity, some types of beer contain less calories than skim milk or orange juice, so that with moderate consumption, the energy from each glass of beer can be easily and quickly spend with mild physical activity.

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At the height of summer, when the thermometer is splashed by the heat and the air conditioner fails, the most common health advice is related to adequate hydration and restoration of the water-electrolyte balance of the organism. Special attention should be paid to the hydrating action of low-alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers, which are suitable for any occasion and consumer.

In conclusion, let’s destroy the myth about beer and the beer belly.

It is not the beer, but the appetizer that usually goes with it, which causes the so called beer belly. It has been even proven that beer consumption may reduce the weight and has a beneficial effect on the organism. But still, be moderate because apart from the high water content, there is also alcohol in it. Cheers!

Is it a myth the beer belly 

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