If you are looking forward to grabbing a bottle of beer to relax after a tiring day at work or whenever you get the excuse, it may help to know a few facts about your favorite beverage just to show off.
Quench your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer. Take down notes as there will be an exam in the pub this Friday.
The first to brew beer were the ancient Babylonians. They took their beer very seriously. As a matter of fact, you’ll be drowned in it if you brewed a bad batch.
- Get wasted
If you drink on an empty stomach, you’ll get drunk faster. This is because the alcohol will be absorbed more quickly.
Your body is only capable of breaking down one drink per hour. If you drink more alcohol than your body can process, then you’ll get drunk.
Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer is actually considered as a powerful antiseptic. The optimal blood alcohol content that is required to kill germs is 60%.
- Choose the right glass
The type of glass you drink from affects the taste of your beer. The shape of the glass affects how much your hands warm up the drink. This is important as the beer’s flavor is affected by its temperature. A glass with handle, on the other hand, will keep the beer cooler since it protects the beer from the heat of your hands.
- Health benefits
Researchers at the University of Western Ontario revealed that micronutrients like polyphenols, which is present in beer, is beneficial as it can prevent the development of heart diseases. However, drinking 3 bottles of beer a day may reverse these cardiovascular benefits.
- Bittering agent
Hops, an ingredient that makes beer bitter, belong to the Cannabaceae family. That being said, hops are considered as a close cousin of marijuana.
A lot people, especially women, are concerned about drinking too much beer thinking it would give them a beer belly. Beer drinkers now have a reason to celebrate as beer belly is now considered as a myth.
Charles Bamforth, a professor at the University of California Davis has confirmed that there is no scientific evidence that suggests that drinking beer would result to weight gain.
“All alcoholic beverages are composed of the same caloric ingredients. There is nothing special about beer calories that would cause it to head straight to the belly”, the author says.
Bamforth also pointed out that alcohol is the main source of calories in any alcoholic beverage. Beer contains lesser calories as compared to wines, spirits or even orange juice. Meaning, the drinker has to consume a larger amount of beer in order to get the same amount of alcohol. But the myth may be based from the notion that beer drinkers consume more calories.
True enough, most people consume beer in huge quantities as compared with wine or other liquor, which translates to more caloric intake. Bamforth also suggests that the drinker’s lifestyle may also contribute to the weight gain. Most drinkers tend to pair their beers with a burger or sausage; thus, explaining the weight gain.
Beer definitely contains calories and excessive drinking may put a few pounds on the drinker. That being said, consuming beer in excess means consuming excessive calories; thus, resulting to beer belly.
If taken in moderation, beer can be advantageous to one’s health. Just like wine, beer can provide us with a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, it can also help prevent a number of diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis and heart problems. Excessive beer intake, on the other hand, can increase the risk for alcoholic liver disease.