What are the health benefits of beer? Does it really do more bad than good to your body?
While being a non-drinker is just a choice, many people don’t drink because they believe that there are no actual benefits from drinking alcohol.
Oh, but there are! There are actually a lot of health benefits of beer. Beer alone can give significant contributions to one’s health. Beer is just given a bad rep by those who abuse alcohol and make a fool out of themselves.
How exactly is beer good for the body? Assuming that someone drinks beer simply to unwind a little and socialize, these are what beer can do for him/her.
- is good for the kidneys, reducing to 40% the risk of developing kidney stones
- helps for better digestion as it has one gram of soluble fiber in each 30 centiliter glass
- reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is more notoriously known as bad cholesterol, with the help of the fiber
- increases vitamin B levels — it contains B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12 (an anti-anemic factor not found in many foods)
- contributes to higher bone density due to the increase of its silicon levels
- lessens or cures insomnia due to lactoflavin (otherwise known as riboflavin, which is Vitamin B2) and nicotinic acid (otherwise known as niacin, which is vitamin B3)
- reduces the risk of heart attack by 40% to 60%
- prevents blood clots due to its ingredients
- improves memory, therefore, it lessens the development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- reduces stress and anxiety, as is very commonly exhibited by drinkers
- can cure a cold because warm barley is an effective decongestant and improves blood circulation
- can provide relief for joint pain
Basically, beer boosts immunity and improves health. In addition, it can also regenerate the skin so it becomes smoother and more supple. So that’s a plus in the beauty department as well. If taken responsibly, beer has a lot of benefits. So always drink moderately.
How States Want It
Just like every person is different, every state is different. In fact, when it comes to how states like their beer, united they are not really. Somewhat divided they wobble.
Check out what beer each state prefers:
Alabama: Back Forty Paw Paw’s Peach Wheat – Fruit beer, 4.5%
Alaska: Alaskan Amber – Amber ale, 5.3%
Arizona: Four Peaks Hop Knot – IPA, 6.7%
Arkansas: Ozark Beer Co American Pale Ale – Pale ale, 4.3%
California: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Pale ale, 5.6%
Colorado: Coors Banquet – American adjunct lager, 5%
Connecticut: New England G-Bot – DIPA, 8.8%
Delaware: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA – IPA, 6%
Florida: Cigar City Jai Alai – IPA, 7.5%
Georgia: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale – Pale ale, 5.4%
Hawaii: Maui Bikini Blonde – Lager, 5.2%
Idaho: Grand Teton Sweetgrass – Pale ale, 6%
Illinois: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout – Imperial Stout, 13.8%
Indiana: 3 Floyds Alpha King – American pale ale, 6.67%
Iowa: Toppling Goliath PseudoSue – American pale ale, 5.8%
Kansas: Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat – Milk stout, 5%
Kentucky: Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale – English strong ale, 8.3%
Louisiana: Abita Strawberry Harvest – Fruit lager, 4.2%
Maine: Allagash White – Witbier, 5.1%
Maryland: National Bohemian – American adjunct lager, 4.3%
Massachusetts: Sam Adams Boston Lager – Vienna lager, 4.9%
Michigan: Bell’s Oberon – Pale wheat, 5.8%
Minnesota: Surly Furious – American IPA, 6.6%
Mississippi: Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Sweet Potato Cream Stout – Stout, 4.7%
Missouri: Budweiser – American adjunct lager, 5%
Montana: Big Sky Moose Drool – Brown ale, 5.1%
Nebraska: Nebraska Black Betty – Russian Imperial Stout, 11.3%
Nevada: Joseph James Citra Rye – Pale ale, 5.4%
New Hampshire: Smuttynose Finestkind IPA – IPA, 6.9%
New Jersey: Carton Boat Beer – Pale ale, 4.2%
New Mexico: La Cumbre Elevated – IPA, 7.2%
New York: Genesee Cream Ale – Cream ale, 5.1%
North Carolina: Fullsteam Humidity Pale Ale – Pale ale, 6.1%
North Dakota: Fargo Brewing Wood Chipper – IPA, 6.7%
Ohio: Great Lakes Christmas Ale – Winter ale, 7.5%
Oklahoma: Prairie Artisan Ales BOMB! – Imperial stout, 13%
Oregon: Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen – Hefeweizen, 4.9%
Pennsylvania: Yuengling Traditional Lager – Lager, 4.4%
Rhode Island: Narragansett Lager – Lager, 5%
South Carolina: Westbrook Gose – Gose, 4%
South Dakota: Crow Peak 11th Hour IPA – IPA, 6.5%
Tennessee: Yazoo Sue – Baltic porter, 9%
Texas: Shiner Bock – Dark lager, 4.4%
Utah: Uinta Cutthroat Pale Ale – Pale ale, 4%
Vermont: The Alchemist Heady Topper – IIPA, 8%
Virginia: Hardywood VIPA – IPA, 5.2%
Washington: Fremont Summer Ale – Summer ale, 5.2%
West Virginia: Morgantown Coal City Stout – Irish dry stout, 4.1%
Wisconsin: Miller High Life – American adjunct lager, 4.6%
Wyoming: Snake River Pale Ale – Pale ale, 5.2%
Top Three Beers
For the longest time, Budweiser had been one of most US drinkers’ top rated beer of choice. Well, not anymore. The King of Beers is no longer king, at least, based on last year’s performance. Actually, it has been continually going down the ranks so it has not been king for years.
This year, Miller Lite takes its place. It has bumped off Budweiser from the third spot by a narrow margin, but a significant margin nonetheless. And so, this is how the ranking goes:
Bud Light, First Coors Lite, Second Miller Lite, Third
The results are based on the 2017 estimates from trade publication Beer Marketer’s Insights. Based on those results, there is an obvious trend here, and it’s called “light”. All of the top three are light, all are reduced-calorie domestic lagers.
Why? Chicago Tribune quoted:
“I think we’ve reached the point where craft consumers are aging a bit and so want more sessionable offerings, and where craft companies have enough brand equity to get people excited about lighter-style offerings that they can sell at a premium over the big light lager brands.” (Bart Watson, Economist for the Brewers Association trade group )
“…a combination of light and sessionable is always going to be a large market…For a lot of people, that’s always going to be what beer is. The craft brewers, I think, see an opportunity to make beer more sessionable and lower ABV. I think they see a larger opportunity to take even more volume from these bigger brands.” (Eric Shepard, the executive editor of Beer Marketer’s Insights)
“ABV” is alcohol by volume.
Pale lager Corona Beer comes in as the fifth best-selling beer. With how trends are going in the beer industry, it may just as soon be in the top three, if not placing as Top 1. Shepard sums up the reason for the changes:
“Millennials are especially promiscuous drinkers, often drinking across all three categories even on the same occasion.” (USA Today)
Beer-making at Home
A drinker’s life is made more fun when there is beer on hand, top three or not. Making one’s own beer has never been more appealing than now, with the help of kegerators. Whether it is to unwind alone, hang out at home with friends, or host a house party, a kegerator would come in handy. Just take this advice: Get your own kegerator and be a responsible drinker.
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