College kids give beer a bad name. They drink it to get drunk and nothing more; and that's what most people believe the only thing beer is good for. WRONG! Here are a few health benefits of moderate beer consumption according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Reduce your risk of developing heart disease
- Reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack
- Possibly reduce your risk of strokes, particularly ischemic strokes
- Lower your risk of gallstones
- Possibly reduce your risk of diabetes
Also, according to a Fox News article, the hops in beer contains "polyphenols" which help lower cholesterol, kill viruses, and fight cancer! Of course light beer such as Bud Light, Miller Lite, or Coors Light will not benefit you as much as dark beer will because dark beer uses more of all the ingredients that are beneficial to your health.
You may be asking yourself (like I was), what is "moderate alcohol consumption"? Again according to the Mayo Clinic, the guidelines for moderate alcohol use for men are up to two 12 ounce beers a day and for women up to one 12 ounce beer a day. So for those friends and family that think I'm an alcoholic for drinking one or two beers a day, I just proved to you that I actually may be healthier than you are! So suck on that! Drink up!