In university, I majored in geology. And if ever there was one stereotype about geologists (world over) that was true (mind you, most of them are*), it’s that geologists drink a lot of beer.
Now, I know you probably already know how beer has a ton of nutrients to it. You get some potassium; magnesium; vitamins B6 and B12; and some calcium. Really, you do:
|Nutrient||Unit||Value per 100 g||fl oz
|can or bottle (12 fl oz)
|Total lipid (fat)||g||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Carbohydrate, by difference||g||1.64||0.48||5.81|
|Fiber, total dietary||g||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid||mg||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|Vitamin A, RAE||µg||0||0||0|
|Vitamin A, IU||IU||0||0||0|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)||mg||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Vitamin D (D2 + D3)||µg||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone)||µg||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|Fatty acids, total saturated||g||0.000||0.000||0.000|
|Fatty acids, total monounsaturated||g||0.000||0.000||0.000|
|Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated||g||0.000||0.000||0.000|
And I’m sure you’re also probably aware of how great beer is for removing kidney stones (it’s a diuretic, duh) and how some athletes drink (non-alcoholic) beer post-event**. Not to mention how great it tastes with wings, or on wings, or how silky smooth it leaves your hair whence used as a conditioner. Yes, I just used ‘whence’, and yes, I am in fact an eighty year old trapped in the body of a twenty-something. Shall we continue? (Jeez, the judgement you get out of some people nowadays!)
As it so happens, the researchers at University of Spain and University of Portugal arrived at the same conclusion. Sadly, they spent research funds on a study to arrive at said conclusion. Silly academics! If only they’d asked, I would have told them beer was grand and saved them some moolah.
More on why beer is better:
Beer for cancer prevention? Maybe (I’ve yet to read the actual study, so the scientist and skeptic in me can’t make a comment at present): http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Cooking-meat-with-beer-may-protect-you-from-cancer/articleshow/32789295.cms?intenttarget=no
Facts about brewskis: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/26/beer-facts_n_4151575.html
* Except for the ones you see on ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ — those are just plain
** Po-tay-to, po-tah-to re: the alcoholic vs. non-alcoholic beer comparison?
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