Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Be a Beer Advocate

Beer is increasingly being seen as a key menu item; pairing beer with food has caught on with the "foodie" demographic, and the craft beer market is still exploding.  With the emergence of a beer sommelier (like a wine steward) as an upcoming trend to watch out for, beer brewing is attracting  attention that is well overdue.  Consumers have been inundated with wine information for decades, but now they are thirsting for beer knowledge.

Such as, beer slows the rate at which food leaves your stomach, which means it suppresses appetite.  So indulge in a beer, and know you're preventing overeating.  Beer contains fiber, which acts as a natural laxative.

Beer could keep bones strong.  Researchers at Tufts University found a positive link between beer or wine consumption and hip-bone density.  Heavy drinking, however, led to bone loss, according to the same study, so be conservative.

Beer is full of B vitamins from the yeast.  Unfiltered beer is especially high in B3, B6 and folic acid (B9).  B3 aids in cell repair and B6 eases PMS. Folic acid aids in colon cancer prevention.

So drink up, and stay healthy.

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