See? Beer is good. So drink responsibly :)

Got this from Tiger Beer’s website: http://www.tigerbeer.com.sg

Did you know that beer is really quite good for you? Here’s the scoop.

Beer is made from pure, natural ingredients. It is full of essential minerals and has more antioxidants than green tea.

It contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and proteins that offer many possible health benefits, and this knowledge is not new.Beer is an ancient brew used by many civilisations for its medicinal properties. Clay tablets found in ancient Babylon document honey and wheat beer preparations that date back to 4000 BC!

Good beer has no added sugars and is fermented without heat. The best brewers still follow the German purity law of 1516 that states that only 4 ingredients – hops, barley yeast and water – be used to make beer. The natural sugars from hops and barley malt stimulate fermentation. Poor quality beer uses sugar to speed up the process. But even the poorest quality beer has more nutrients than most other carbonated beverages, some of which contain the equivalent of 9 teaspoons of sugar.

Professor David Williams from the University of Wales said beer can have health benefits when included as part of a balanced diet. Beer contains folic acid, niacin, vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6 as well as minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and calcium. It is 93% water and has practically no fat. It is a carbohydrate that contains proteins. Williams describes it as the complete food.

Meanwhile, research conducted by Oregon State University in the United States found the antioxidants in beer are more potent than those found in green tea and red wine. The key is moderation. Excessive drinking can lead to many health problems including liver disease, heart attack and stroke. The health benefits are only effective when beer is drunk moderately and regularly. In Europe, it is common for doctors to recommend drinking 1.1 litres of beer a day as a general health tonic and nerve restorer.

In 1996, the US Department of Health and Human Services said alcohol in moderation could be beneficial. It helps to thin the blood, thereby preventing clotting, and it could reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. Numerous studies have shown that those who drink alcohol in moderation live longer.Beer stimulates the appetite. But a moderate amount of beer will not make you fat. An average “heavy” beer of about 5alcohol has about as many kilojoules as 2 pieces of bread. A light beer with less alcohol will have fewer kilojoules.

Interestingly, such positive benefits of beer are often overlooked.

Extracted from Beverasia, March 2001

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