Don’t feel bad about drinking a ton of beer today, not only because it’s Super Bowl Sunday, but because beer isn’t that bad. I’ve trained myself to think it’s terrible for you (confession: I only consumed one beer throughout my 4 years of college), but check out these surprising health benefits that really make you want a Corona.
It’s not as dehydrating as you thought. Beer is actually 93% water. For that reason, it’s been linked to a reduced risk of kidney stones in men. Also, moderate beer drinking is linked to higher bone density in women.
Hops are healthy! They contain polyphenols, which help lower cholesterol, fight cancer, and kill viruses.
Dark beer is healthier than light beer. Not calorie-wise, but antioxidant-wise. These antioxidants can help reverse cellular damage that occurs within the body. Also, dark beer contains more iron than light beer (I’d go for a beer over an iron supplement any day). Not sure why you need iron? Well, for one, it does important things like carrying oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body. I’m no doctor, but I’d say that’s essential.
Heinekens, not heart disease; Stellas, not strokes. It raises the good cholesterol, lowers the bad, and thins the blood – all of these actions contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Oh, and a beer a day keeps diabetes away.
A fun source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Sorry, wine. Beer has fiber, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and selenium.