Although the beer be one of the most consumed alcoholic drinks along with the came , it is true that there is also a lot of controversy related directly to the doubts that derive from if in fact it would be a drink that fattens , and above all, if your regular consumption would be adequate or not, considering that we are really facing a drink with alcohol . However, yes it is true that it is a drink that although it has alcohol has a low alcohol content , compared to others.
As you surely know, It is a drink that is the result of the fermentation by yeast of the must made with barley malt and flavored with hops . Therefore, its flavor is slightly bitter and its yellowish color (more or less dark), although its final appearance and its color will depend directly on the degree of roasting of the barley malt, which is ultimately what determines the tone that beer acquires .
On its qualities nutritional qualities, being a drink made with hops, barley and malt, it is a drink that provides interesting essential nutrients , as it is for example the presence in its composition of vitamins of group B (mainly B1, B2 and B3), as well as minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium, besides being a very rich drink in polyphenols, some antioxidants natural that help reduce the negative action of free radicals and prevent premature aging of cells.
The moderate consumption of beer does not modify the waist circumference or the hip
According to Dr. Fernando Goñi, of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service of the Basurto Hospital (Bilbao), in the paper entitled 'Fermented Beverages and Obesity', which was held within the framework of the 57th edition of the Congress of the Spanish Endocrinology Society and Nutrition (SEEN), the moderate consumption of beer with alcohol and without alcohol does not modify the circumference of the arm, the hip and the waist .
In fact, as some scientific studies have already confirmed, beer can perfectly be part of a healthy diet since its moderate consumption does not cause a weight gain . As many scholars say, it is quite likely that these results are due mainly to the low caloric amount that has this fermented drink, since a cane of 200 ml. only contribute 90 Kcal, while the version without alcohol with the same amount would only provide 34 Kcal.
On the other hand, other scientific studies have already confirmed that beer can be part of the Mediterranean Diet , thus becoming a good accompaniment in meals due to its basic alcoholic and caloric content, its composition in natural ingredients and its high content of vitamins and minerals.
So, as long as it is consumed in moderation by adult and healthy individuals , the beer far from fattening would produce positive effects for the organism.
When would not the consumption of beer with alcohol be recommended?
Despite being a beneficial drink, we must not forget that, in case of opting for traditional beer, we are faced with a drink with alcohol (even if it is low grade). Therefore, we must pay special attention to the main contraindications of beer with alcohol ; or what is the same, when its consumption would not be advised:
- In case of diabetes, since alcohol increases the risk of suffering an episode of hypoglycemia, especially if the person has not eaten anything.
- People with conditions, diseases and liver disorders (in the liver).
- In case of alcoholism.
- Before the consumption of medicines.
In case you find yourself in any of these situations it is best to opt for the variety without alcohol, which will continue to provide all the nutritional benefits that traditional beer brings you.
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