Beer and its health benefits
Beer is third most popular alcoholic drink widely consumed in the world. Beer is brewed from cereal grains like malted barley. Beer is with brewing process in which starch sugars is fermented in the wort which produces alcohol and carbonation. In modern technique beer is brewed with hops which used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent. In commercial brewing forced carbonation is doen instead of natural carbonation effect. Beer is distributed in bottles and cans, and is also commonly available on draught,
Ingredients present in beer are
- starch like malted barley
- brewer’s yeast
- secondary starch sources like maize, rice or sugar
- And in African areas starch sources like millet, sorghum and cassava.
- In Brazil Potato are used as starch
- In Mexico Agave are used as starch
Nutritional facts present in 100 grams of bear are
- Energy is about 43 Calories
- Cholesterol is zero
- Sodium is about 4 mg
- Beer is also rich in soluble fiber
- Potassium is about 27 mg
- Total carbohydrates present in Beer are about 3.6 g
- Proteins in Beer are about 0.5 g
- Vitamins and minerals present in beer are magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, chromium and Vitamin B. (These are mainly seen Brewer’s yeast)
Health benefits of Beer
Consumption of small quantities of beer just less than one drink in women and two in men has health benefits. The health benefits of beer include anticancer properties, a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, increased bone density, the prevention of dementiaand coronary disease, aid to the digestive system, anti-aging properties, as well as treating diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and hypertension. It also acts as a serious stress buster and a diuretic.
- A flavonoid compound called Xanthohumol and polyphenols play a major role in the chemo prevention of cancer.
- Reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases as it rich in Vitamin B6 which prevents the build-up of a compound called homo cysteine in heart.
- Beer also reduces the risk of inflammation and the root cause of atherosclerosis, which is cholesterol and plaque building up on the blood vessels and artery walls.
- Beer increases bone density and prevents risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
- Vitamin B12 and folic acid in beer, helps from causing anemia.
- Vitamin B12 in beer is essential for maintaining good memory and concentration.
- Beer affects the cholesterol levels and decreases bile concentration, which helps to reduce the risk of developing gallstones.
- Soluble fibers in beer promote general health and it also cleans out digestive tracts.
- Beer which is high in potassium and which is also low in sodium reduces risk of kidney stones as it also rich in magnesium.