Study shows beer has healthy side
BEER has long been hailed as the working man’s drink but new research shows that the Friday afternoon beverage of choice also has a healthy side.
Tweed beer drinkers can rejoice after research carried out by the University of California was published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. The article stated the drink can be a source of nutrients that help to prevent weak bones, making the likelihood of suffering from osteoporosis less likely.
Researchers discovered beer, especially the pale ales, contain high levels of silicon, which is known to slow down the thinning of bones that leads to fractures, including increasing new bone formation.
The study involved examining 100 commercial beers and their methods of production.
The research has not recommended that large quantities be consumed in the name of good health. The study showed that small to moderate amounts of beer provided the health perks.
Sue Martin has been the proprietor of Border Brewing for eight years and said the study would be of interest to Tweed residents.
“The study will interest the older population of Tweed as health issues like this are on their mind,” Ms Martin said.
“I have heard of beer having health benefits, and making your own beer is always better than buying it because it can be a form of exercise.”
Ms Martin agreed with the study findings that beer is not healthy when drunk in huge quantities, and thought brewing your own beer could sometimes be a better option.
“Brewing your own beer is good because you can make it with the full taste but lower alcohol content if you wish,” Ms Martin said.
If you believe you are suffering from or require information about alcoholism please call the local Alcoholics Anonymous branch on (02) 5591 2062.
• Beer is the second most popular beverage in the world, coming in behind tea.
• Monks brewing beer in the Middle Ages were allowed to drink five quarts of beer a day.
• The oldest known written recipe is for beer.
• Light beer drinkers are 20 per cent less likely to have a stroke.
• Light beer drinking lowers the chances of coronary heart disease.