5 Myths To Stop Believing About Beer

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5 Myths To Stop Believing About Beer

Beer has been on this earth for centuries, but it still can’t escape some of the pervasive myths floating around about it. A lot of you enjoy beer despite believing some of these gems; now I’m going to do some myth-debunking so you can enjoy that beer without the guilt.

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Myth #1 - Beer causes a "beer belly"

I think this one is the #1 beer myth ever, and it’s the easiest one to debunk!

I’m not sure where this myth came from, but it flies in the face of basic physiology. Simply, you can’t control where your body puts on fat from food. Just as you don’t put fat on your arms from sausages, or on your thighs from burgers, you don’t put fat on your belly from beer. Maybe people who drink a lot of beer have traditionally been men - who as a rule, generally tend to store fat on their bellies. If you’re drinking excessively, the extra calories can definitely contribute to weight gain. But for the rest of you who drink within the low-risk drinking guidelines and don’t overconsume, don’t be blaming your belly on beer!

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Myth #2 - Beer has no nutrients to speak of

Not that you’ll want to consume beer for the nutrients, but beer does contain low levels of B vitamins and potassium. Hops, used for aromas, flavor and bitterness, are also a source of the antioxidant xanthohumol - a flavonoid. A recent study also suggests that beer’s polyphenols, also known as antioxidants, may help reduce inflammation.

If you’re not drinking already, don’t start now. But if you consume alcohol, know that consumed responsibly, it can be an adjunct to a healthy diet.

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Myth #3 - All beer has gluten in it

All beverage alcohol products labelled as beer in Canada contain some level of barley and/or wheat, which are off-limits to celiac sufferers. While the brewing process may result in very low levels of gluten in the finished product, people who need to avoid gluten want assurance that their beer isn’t going to make them sick.

A new wave of sorghum, millet, corn, and rice-based beer-like beverages are available to quench gluten-free beer drinkers’ thirsts!

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Myth #4 - Dark beer has more calories than pale ale

You might think so, but then you’d be unfairly judging the poor dark beer by its colour. The fact is, higher-calorie beer is usually the beer that’s higher in alcohol. A beer with 6% alcohol is going to have more calories than one with 4% or 5%. Pale ales can have more calories than a typical dark beer.

If you’re watching calories, check the alcohol percentage of your favourite beer before consuming it. Chances are, that dark beer can fit into your diet just fine, but remember to limit yourself to one or two servings of beer on an occasional basis if you’re trying to keep your weight in check!

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Myth #5 - Beer is high in carbs

A lot of you are watching your intake of carbohydrates, and believe that beer is high in carbs.

In fact, a can of regular beer contains around 12 grams of carbohydrate per serving. That being said, enjoying a beer every once in a while and not overdoing it shouldn’t have consequences on your diet. If you’re looking for a lower-carb beer option, light beers, which are lower in alcohol, contain less than 6 grams of carbs per serving, based on calorie data from Health Canada's Canadian Nutrient File

Cheers!

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