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5 Myths About Beer!

A regular "beer belly" is enough evidence that eating beer makes a person fat, right?

The following article hopes to shed light on the general myths surrounding beer consumption.

Myth No 1: Beer is fattening!

The fact is that beer is, compared to other alcoholic beverages, actually lower in calories. One of the unintended side effects of drinking alcohol, including beer, is that it gives a person an appetite, which in turn motivates a person to eat after consuming a certain amount of alcohol. This increases the calorie intake of what may go a long way toward making a person fat. Of course if you happen to consume large amounts of beer on a regular basis, this will also result in more calories than your body can burn naturally.

Myth No. 2: Beer is very gassy and make users bloated!

It should be said that the lager does not contain large amounts of carbon dioxide to give it a sting, gassy element. As it is said to be the world's favorite beverage, it is not surprising that a large number of consumers report symptoms of flatulence. However, cask almonds and many beer bottles do not actually contain carbon dioxide significantly, which makes them less likely gassy.

Myth No 3: Beer contains chemicals and additives!

Even the only known chemical is H2O for 99.9% of all beers. Beer has the basic consistency of cereals and hops, water and yeast. Additional chemicals are in the form of B vitamins and polyphenols, which are natural antioxidants.

Myth No 4: Beer is not good for you as a wine!

Wine is said to be good for the heart, which it is. However, there are many studies, which emphasize that on average, any alcohol is good for the heart. Again, taken in moderation, beer like any alcohol can be a great reduction in stress. The beer itself is fat-free and contains no cholesterol. Also high levels of malted barbar, a major ingredient in beer, are a rich source of silicon, which is required for growth and development of bone tissue and connective tissue, and can help prevent osteoporosis. While this cannot be taken into account that beer is a cure-all, moderation is key.

Myth No 5: Wine provides a better combination of food than beer!

This may be true for winemakers, but it really comes down to taste and some of the following examples show how well a beer can complement a particular meal:

Bitter and pale; great with red meat, salty or sour cheese, granaria bread and cold meat like ham. However, it is not very good with any sweat, creamy, spicy or vinegar.

Lager: It goes well with a little seasoning, BBQ meat and tapas. Curry combinations are always a favorite.

Wheat beer: Very good with Thai food, sushi, salty meat and shellfish.

This is certainly a very small selection of the many great varieties out there, and as you can see, there may be as many unique combinations as you can find with the more popular wines. Hopefully this has become a way of sparking interest in quality and diverse beers, and the unfortunate myths associated with its use.


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