Beer has been one of the most popular drinks enjoyed throughout the ages dating back as far as 3500 B.C., and although being varied in constituents and ingredients (throughout the different brands and processes) is incredibly nutritious and downright healthy for you. However, in rather large quantities it can lead to some unsavoury situations the morning after where you cannot for the life of you remember letting a 300 pound, flab mongering heffa-lump named Griselda (you think), share your bed with you and Lord only knows what else.
Aside from that, enjoying beer in moderation (i.e. 1-2 cans a day) has been proven to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease significantly, and not to mention the nutritional benefits found in beer (see nutrional table below) and all of which are proven to help you live longer. Heavy drinking is considered to be more than 35 drinks per week and drinking in these quantities will lead to liver damage, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, pancreatic diseases, severe thiamin deficiency and some cancers.
Nutritional Information Per 355ml (12oz) serving:
- Calories: 153
- Protein: 1.64 g
- Carbohydrates: 12.64 g
- Calcium: 14 mg
- Magnesium: 21 mg
- Phosphorus: 50 mg
- Potassium: 96 mg
- Sodium: 14 mg
- Zinc: 0.04 mg
- Thiamin: 0.018 mg
- Riboflavin: 0.089 mg
- Niacin: 1.826 mg
- Pantothenic Acid: 0.146 mg
- Vitamin B6: 0.164 mg
Beer: The Good and The Bad
Good – Beer contains no fat.
Bad – Beer contains alchohol, and there are about 7 calories per gram of alcohol, compared to 4 calories for carbohydrates or protein. Fat has about 9 calories per gram.
Good – Beer is low in sugar
Bad – Alcohol can cause blood sugar levels to drop more rapidly. That can stimulate your appetite, and disrupt your ability to tell when you’ve had enough to eat. This can also create fatigue and your energy level will suffer.
Good – Beer contains significant amounts of magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, and is chock full of B vitamins.
Bad – Alcohol destroys Vitamin C and Vitamin B complex. Drinking beer that has not filtered out the Vitamin B (such as English “real ale,” many micro brewed beers and homebrew) will help combat the effects of alcohol — most notably a hangover.
Beer Savvy Trivia
The following facts should give you a bit more conversational clout and help you appear far more “beer savvy”. However, your average woman won’t find any of it even remotely interesting.
What is the Most Expensive Beer in the World?
Answer: It’s called “Tutankhamen” and is prepared according to the recipe recovered by a group of University of Cambridge archaeologists in Queen Nefertiti’s Temple of the Sun in Egypt. It costs US $52 (£25) a bottle, and is produced in limited and numbered editions.
What country has the most individual beer brands?
Answer: That would be Belgium, with 400.
What is the best selling brand in the Western Hemisphere outside of the United States? What country is it brewed in?
Answer: Brahma Beer. It is brewed in Sao Paulo, Brazil.