Beer Might Actually Be Good For You

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By Cooking Panda

If you want a beer but feel a little guilty about indulging, just go for it and tell yourself that you are investing in your health.

It might be true, anyway. And that’s good enough for us.

A study from Pennsylvania State University researchers, released on Nov. 13, concluded that drinking alcohol daily in moderation might actually be good for you, according to an American Heart Association post on EurekAlert!

Out of 80,000 healthy Chinese adults who were studied, those who drank moderately for more than six years had the best levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol, compared to nondrinkers and heavy drinkers, whose HDL levels declined at higher rates than the moderate drinkers.

What does moderate drinking mean? For most people, that comes out to something like one serving each day for women and two for men, as measured by the study.

There weren’t enough wine drinkers to monitor the effects of adult grape juice on HDL, but researchers did find that beer was even better for your HDL levels than hard liquor, so if you are a fan of a nice malty brew, you might as well celebrate the good news by cracking open a cold one.

Unfortunately, the study was inconclusive, and more research needs to be done to say for sure whether or not beer and other booze is actually healthy, though it makes sense that a pint of the vitamin-rich drink every now and again won’t hurt you too much.

“The American Heart Association recommends consuming alcohol in moderation if you already drink but cautions people to not start drinking and consult your doctor on your risks and benefits of consuming alcohol in moderation,” the study advised.

A bottle of your favorite lager or IPA might even be around as healthy for you as a glass of milk. We are still not totally sure if PETA’s claims that beer is healthier for you than a glass of milk are true or not, but hey, we’ll run with this one.

We’ll be back later — we’re off to do some “research.”

Sources: EurekAlert!, Inquisitr / Photo Credit: George Hodan/Public Domain Pictures

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Scientists Say This Beer Might Actually Be Good For You

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By Cooking Panda

If you love hoppy beers, crack open your favorite double IPA — even better if you can find a triple IPA — kick back, and savor the words you are about to read.

Hoppy beer may very well be the best form of alcohol that you can drink.

We just heard a resounding “duh” from lovers of hoppy brews. But here’s the thing: The bitter beer is way less harmful for you than liquor and hop-free beers. Sorry, pilsner lovers. (Do you exist?)

A study published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism employed what researchers called the “binge-drinking mouse model,” in which we can only imagine they threw the mice a wild house party for 12 hours straight. It turns out, the mice who consumed hoppy beer had way less fat on their livers than the ones who drank ethanol and beer without hops.

“Taken together, our data suggest that hops in beer markedly attenuated acute alcohol-induced [fatty liver],” the researchers concluded.

Beer has other nutritional benefits as well, including vitamins B2, B6, biotin, niacin, riboflavin and folate, which could help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to Dr. Erik Skovenborg of Aim Digest.

Some beers have a decent amount of antioxidants, and the beverage can also stimulate digestion and increase breast milk production.

Hops were originally used in beer to preserve them for longer storage but are now a key ingredient that brings beer all sorts of complex flavors: often citrusy, earthy or floral and nearly always bitter.

“Our data suggest that hops content in beer is at least in part responsible for the less damaging effects of beer on the liver,” the researchers wrote.

We’re still not sure if your favorite IPA is actually healthy for you, but it’s at least a good excuse for us to kick back and enjoy the occasional brew.

Sources: Alcohol and Alcoholism, Aim Digest / Photo Credit: E and A/Instagram

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