Beer lovers will argue that nothing tastes better than having a cold one after a long day. Unlike wine, beer is often perceived as unhealthy—associated with the dreaded “beer belly” or weight gain. However, if you drink alcohol and it’s consumed in moderation (no more than one drink per day for women, and two for men), beer can be a nutrient-dense beverage compared with other alcoholic beverages.
Beer consists of hops, yeast, and grains, which contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Similar to wine, the moderate or occasional beer drinker, may possibly reap heart health benefits too. Read on, raise your glass and cheers to learn more about the benefits of beer.
Move over, vino! Beer may be good for your ticker, too
Wine often takes center stage during heart-health discussions. But don’t shortchange beer’s potential health benefits. In a 2015 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, researchers conducted a 32-year-long follow-up of 1,400 middle-aged women and found those who reported moderate consumption of beer (one to two drinks per day) had a reduced risk of heart attack compared with women who never drank beer. (Moderate intake was key, though, as participants with a high consumption also had an increased risk of death from cancer).