Got Beer?

By Denise Dechaine

For years, wine has hogged the limelight for its benefits to
one’s heart while beer has maintained a reputation as a dietary
wasteland.

Now, it is time for wine to move over because it has become
official that beer does the body good according to the University
of California’s research team.

Finally, some real science exists to back up what most male
college students can agree with.

Who would have thought the 12 ounce aluminum can helps prevent
osteoporosis?

Although it can be a dream come true to some, others find it
hard to believe the authenticity of the study.

“I’ve heard about the one glass of wine a day helps your heart,”
said Tiffanie Rodriguez, a first-year aerospace engineering
student. “But I don’t think beer is that good for you because the
whole beer belly and alcohol poisoning thing. If it was really good
for you then it wouldn’t cause that many problems.”

Researchers discovered that beer, especially pale ales
containing high levels of silicon, is known to slow down bone
thinning, which leads to osteoporosis.

Based on the findings, the extra heat in making darker ale
destroys some of the silicon. Beers with the most hops naturally
had more silicon.

With many health benefits and controversies being announced, it
is tough to keep track of them all.

The recent study has concluded it is not calcium but the mineral
silicon in beer that benefits bone strengthening in adults.

The research team dissected the ingredients in beer and analyzed
100 types of commercial brew.

They found that the silicon content of the beers ranged from 6.4
milligrams per liter to 56.5 milligrams per liter, with an average
of 30 milligrams per liter.

Two beers are the equivalent of just under a half-liter, so a
person could get 30 milligrams of the nutrient from two beers.

A study published in the June issue of the journal “Nutrition”,
found that women who regularly drink have higher bone mass than
women who do not consume alcohol.

Although the study is still growing on the health effects of a
cold foaming pint, the findings claim moderate beer drinking will
benefit the body in the future.

Over the years, scientists have uncovered numerous health
benefits in beer.

For example, another nutrient the beverage contains is folate,
which helps prevent cancer and reduces the risk of birth
defects.

Also, brews can limit kidney stones and gallstones.

Although the list goes on and on about great health, there is an
unflattering effect most students wish to avoid when it comes to
beer consumption: abdominal obesity, or the beer belly.

“I’m a personal trainer and I know that the carbohydrates in
beer are really bad because it bloats you up,” said Erik Hurtado, a
second-year mechanical engineering student. “If you don’t exercise,
then all of those carbs build up and that in turn gives you more
fat.”

According to ReelBeer.com, the beer belly should not be blamed
entirely on beer consumption because it contains no fat.

The calories and carbohydrates add up with the “beer munchies”
because the alcohol lowers inhibitions, which not only makes
partiers do the most outrageous actions, but also makes the Big Mac
the world’s No. 1 burger.

Although drunk eating increases the pounds, consistent binge
drinking also does.

A study conducted by “The Centre for Alcohol Research in
Denmark” stated binge drinkers who drink 10 beers, two nights out
of the week, would see the effects of it.

Both studies suggest to drink in moderation. Two beers, five
nights out of the week will show no signs of the expanded belly and
have a beneficial effect.

Reach the authors at: lifestyle@thepolypost.com

Got Beer?

Illustration by Roland Tran

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