International Beer Day: Science-Based Reasons Why Beer May Be Good for You

by Madison Miller

There’s an infinite number of reasons to crack open a cold one on any given day. Given that it’s International Beer Day, there’s no better day to break out the brews.

You could be trying to cool off after a long day of chilling at the beach or working outside. You could be at a music festival or concert, trying to add a little extra flair to the festivities. Some of the best days start with a packed cooler full of your favorite local brews for a camping trip or a nice day spent on the lake.

A cold beer can be good for the soul. It may be more than just what some consider a “guilty pleasure.”

However, science seems to suggest that beer may do good beyond just its duty as a cheery alcoholic beverage.

Health Benefits of Beer

It’s important to know that any kind of benefits that come from drinking beer is going to come from doing so in moderation. Like you’ve always heard, “everything in moderation.”

Consuming an entire pack in a day, multiple times a week is not going to bring any positive health benefits. The only thing that will likely come out of that is a “beer gut” and a boosted alcohol tolerance. Drinking in moderation, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, considers one drink a day for women and up to two a day for men.

So, as long as moderation is a part of the game, beer can actually contribute to a number of health benefits. According to NBC News, one of the main things that make beer a health factor is the fact that it contributes to a person’s overall nutrient intake.

Some people even refer to beer as “liquid bread.” This means each beer you crack open has some liquid nutrients. This includes protein, B vitamins, and antioxidants from the barley and hops used in the brewing process. Speaking of hops, they can have anti-inflammatory properties, which can be an underlying cause of many diseases.

However, as stated in “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World,” in outright shock, “Bread makes you fat?!” Too much beer, bread, or really anything for that matter, can contribute to negative health and psychological conditions.

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In many ways, beer is better than wine because it has more B vitamins, phosphorus, folate, and niacin. It also has more prebiotics that can help continuously feed the gut. The silicon that is found in beer also protects your brain from compounds that can eventually cause certain cognitive diseases.

Another study from the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes found that those who drink three to four times per week are less likely to develop diabetes than those who do not.

In addition, beer is connected to heart health, can reduce the risk of kidney stones, and possibly lower bad cholesterol.

Lastly, one University of Texas study found that those who drink in moderation may live longer than those who don’t. However, heavy alcohol consumption will have a negative impact on health. For several factors regarding beer and health, more studying is needed. Clearly, there is some value to the occasional beer though.

If you needed a reason to grab a cold one today, it looks like we gave you more than enough. So, take the day to support local breweries and stock up the mini-fridge.