Beer, a healthy drink

What are the ingredients which makes beer has a very healthy drink for all adults?

First, details of its composition:

MALTA: Malted is the process in which sugars are extracted, which is then converted into alcohol, barley or wheat and other cereals.

WATTER: It is a fundamental ingredient in brewing, because up to 90% of beer is water. Currently, most producers try to remove or add water and mineral salts they need to produce a beer with the character looking.

HOP: The wild hop plant is a climber that gives beer its bitterness and aroma so characteristic. Also serves to protect and preserve it, preventing the development of harmful microorganisms. Different varieties of hops, which have different degrees of aroma and bitterness.

YEASTS: The yeasts are added to the wort in the fermentation process and convert sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The yeast gives the beer some special characteristics and different from other producers. Because of this ingredient, the beers are divided into two large families: ale, high fermentation, where yeast operate at high temperatures and also accumulate on the surface of most (on top), and Lager, low fermentation, where yeast is active at low temperature and deposited on the bottom of the fermentation tanks.

All these ingredients make the beer has some peculiar characteristics that we know. The beer …


Currently beer, especially lager style, is one of the most consumed beverage and one of the most frequently used rehydrate after completing sporting activities. Its composition, its characteristics and its low alcohol content makes it a highly beneficial drink for fast and effective rehydration and prevent muscle aches (in moderate amounts whenever*). In addition, this beverage is characterized by marked cooling effect and its power reliever the sensation of thirst.

Beneficial for health

The beneficial effects of moderate beer consumption on health have been proven recently by several authors both for non-alcoholic beer, like alcohol. One example is the study of nutritional habits of young Spaniards in relation to beer (Ortega et al., 1997), which concludes that young people who consume beer regularly show an energy and nutrient intakes closer to the recommended having an incidence of overweight / obesity lower than other groups, and their blood parameters are more favorable.


People who consume beer in moderation usually have a lower incidence of diabetes and hypertension (risk factors in cardiovascular disease) and decreased the number of heart attacks, even in men with low risk. Also beer has a diuretic effect higher than water and has stimulating action on the liver function, as well as stimulate the production of bile.

The beer did not substantially influence the metabolic or physiological functioning is essential for physical performance, the same way, they have failed to detect any adverse effect on strength, power, muscular endurance localized, speed and cardiovascular performance. Others claim that the level of performance deterioration will depend on the dose of alcohol, the habit of consuming it, the duration of exercise and environmental conditions, among other factors (Shirreffs & Maughan, 2006).

Included in the mediterranean diet

Moderate drinkers of beer after the dietary pattern of the Mediterranean diet as drinking moderate amounts facilitate increased consumption of protein and carbohydrates (including fiber), as well as significantly increased consumption of folic acid, vitamins B and E D, iron and calcium.

Include’s in the diets for the elderly

The beer gives our body more than 2,000 items with a special interest nutritious. In this sense, because the elderly are especially susceptible to dehydration, beer can be an additional attraction that recalls the young and away from the monotony, in addition to providing essential nutrients and fluids to the proper functioning of the body.

Relations with moderate consumption

Beer, having moderate amounts of alcohol (3% to 9% vol.) Do not come to alter the metabolic system especially after exercise. Beer drinkers have up to 20% less likely to suffer major cardiovascular events. However, it is an alcoholic beverage, so their consumption should be moderate.

*Defining a moderate beer consumption (10-12 g ethanol / day) for women and two beers (20-24 g ethanol / day) for men.
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