Beer does a body good
September 30th, 2013
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I do likes me a cold one on a hot summer day, and a fall ball game just isn't the same without an ale in my hand. Fear of the great beer belly has kept suds out of the refrigerators and hands of beer enthusiasts all over the land, but is it possible that one of America's favorite beverages has gotten an undeserved bad rap?

After all, beer is created from just four basic ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast. The result of these ingredients dancing together is alcohol and CO2. That's a combo that goes down easy, and there are so many ways to blend the brew that you're sure to find an ale, stout, lager or amber that is just right for you.

The dirty deets

Your doc may have told you that drinking alcohol in moderation is good for your health, but usually wine gets all the cred for the antioxidant benefits. Truth be told, beer and wine contain the same amount of antioxidants. There are some other things you should know:

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  1. corey

    i disagree with all of these things. Big bellys from beer can be associated to inflammation. Like one article says, your liver cant break down fat if it is removing alcohol. This causes inflammation and that inflammatory response can cause your body to go in to "protective mode" and hold on to its protective organ, fat.

    October 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Shirley U. Jest

    To relieve the belly guilt, here is a start.
    http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-about-beer-and-your-belly
    Embrace the belly.

    October 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  3. suj

    Fact: There is no such thing as a beer belly.
    Drinking beer all day is no more likely to grow your belly any bigger than consuming the equivalent calories of your favorite food (vice) would.

    September 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • RC

      My belly disagrees.

      October 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
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