5 Reasons Beer May Actually Be Good For You

Different glasses of different types of beerModeration is key in all things in life, and yes, the threat of beer bellies is very much a reality, but…

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…beer may not be as bad as you’ve been led to believe.

Beer Benefits

Did you know that beer is actually made of just four simple ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast?

1. While wine usually gets all the accolades for its antioxidant benefits, beer and wine actually contain similar amounts of antioxidants.

2. The protein and B-vitamin content of beer is higher than wine. However, even though beer is a good source of B vitamins, the alcohol in it mostly cancels out the benefits.

3. Beer offers anywhere from 95 to 360 calories in a 12-ounce serving, with the average bottle of beer in the 150-calorie range.

4. One to two beers a day is good for your bones. Beer contains silicon, which is linked to bone strength and health.

5. “Light” actually refers to the percent of alcohol and calories. Higher-alcohol beers have more calories, so if you’re watching your weight, a Guinness is actually about the same as a Bud.

Beer Best Practices

Once again, when it comes to drinking any type of alcohol, moderation is and will always be key. According to the CDC, to stay healthy while enjoying a drink, women should not consume more than one alcohol serving a day, and men should drink no more than two servings a day.