... are there any health benefits to beer at all? I know wine can claim that, particularly the red variety, but I have the impression beer is really the worst kind of empty calories - carbs.
As a beverage created by human ingenuity, beer may predate wine. I think it was a way to preserve and fortify (yum) the nutritional and caloric benefits of wheat and other grains.
Beer, it seems, can provide significant health benefits. Here's a sampling of reports from the Internet:
• Health Benefits of Beer | Organic Facts
The health benefits of beer include anticancer properties, a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, increased bone density, the prevention of dementia and coronary disease, aid to the digestive system, and anti-aging properties, as well as treating diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and hypertension.
• 10 Reasons to Have a Beer Right Now
This article cites cardiovascular benefits, lowering blood pressure, improving creativity (yeah!), preventing diabetes, eye health benefits, and more.
• 10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Beer
1. It can help reduce risk of heart disease ... 2. It can help protect against Alzheimer's disease ... 3. It can help lower risk of diabetes ... 4. It can help prevent kidney stones ... 5. It can help minimize risk of cancer ... 6. It can help reduce cholesterol levels ... 7. It can help manage blood pressure ... 8. It can help strengthen bones ... 9. It can help treat dandruff ... 10. It can help cut down risk of strokes
I thought the dandruff benefits were particularly interesting. Cheers!