New Study Finds That Drinking Strong Beer Is As Good As Probiotics

by Gizel Menezes
New Study Finds That Drinking Strong Beer Is As Good As Probiotics

Beer lovers, here’s some good news for you! According to a new study, a strong beer a day can keep our gut just as okay! Apologies for the rhyme, but a little rhyming ain’t hurt nobody, when we’ve discovered an enjoyable way to promote gut health, right?

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What Does The Research Say?

According to Professor Eric Classen from Amsterdam University, strong beers could be “very, very healthy” for gut health when consumed in moderation. Classen’s research has revealed that strong Belgian beers like Hoegaarden, Westmalle Tripel, and Echt Kriekenbier have probiotic microbes, that can be credited with a host of health benefits.

The reason for this, he says, is unlike most beer brands, these brands ferment their beers twice – once in the brewery and second inside the bottle itself.

The twofold fermentation increases the strength of the beer and gives it a sharper, drier taste. The in-bottle fermentation does not use the traditional brewer’s yeast but rather uses a different strain of yeast, which not only converts the sugar in the grain into alcohol but also produces acids that are poisonous to bacteria that make us ill.

However, Classen advocates that this shouldn’t give people a licence to drink more beer. “In high concentrations, alcohol is bad for the gut but if you drink just one of these beers every day it would be very good for you,” he says.

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What Are Probiotic Bacteria?

Our body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotic bacteria are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria and are found in probiotic supplements and foods like yoghurt. These probiotic bacteria, when in our gut, are responsible for killing rival/bad bacteria that have been linked to illnesses including autism, Alzheimer’s disease and bowel cancer.

The Professor also mentioned that people in the Middle Ages made beer because the water was not drinkable. So while drinking probiotics may be trendy today, our ancestors were aware of the benefits.

Another research, from the University of Nebraska in the U.S., has found that some beers contain up to 100,000 probiotic or “good” bacteria per ml – or 50 million per bottle.

On this note, we would like to say Cheers, everybody! Chug, chug, chug! (Just one per day, okay!)

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