Discovered thousands of years ago, beer has become a very common drink today for its pleasant and refreshing taste, but especially as a reason for social interaction, meeting with friends, disconnecting, and relaxing. More and more medical studies reveal the fact that moderate consumption brings a real benefit to maintaining the health of each of us. Besides, it seems that drinking beer may help you read certain emotions.
Beer, is a natural beverage, obtained by plant processing, with over 90% water. Beer keeps soluble fiber, and a moderate consumption is providing between 5% and 10% of the daily requirements.
Alcohol content ranges from 0% to 11%, carbohydrates from 0% to 7%, and the number of calories from about 13 to 85 per 100 ml. For example, a regular beer with 5% alcohol has about 40 calories per 100 ml.
The main nutritional properties of beer are outlined by its rich content in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that come from the raw materials and which together contribute to a healthy diet.
Also, beer consumed in moderation has beneficial effects on reducing the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.
Antioxidants in beer
Antioxidants are molecules that have the ability to bind free radicals (harmful molecules) produced in the body’s oxidation processes.
The antioxidant content of beer is twice more in comparison with the white wine (per serving, not per 100 ml) and, along with the HDL-cholesterol-increasing effect, provides a cardiovascular protective role. The antioxidant properties are extensively studied and the anti-neoplastic role is also confirmed.
Vitamins in beer
Beer contains the B complex vitamins, 250-500 ml of beer bringing about 7% of daily riboflavin (B2) and 5% of niacin (B3).
High content of folic acid (B9) has been linked to possible anti-neoplastic, anti-Alzheimer’s, and anti-cardiovascular diseases (250-500ml beer provides between 5% and 20% of daily requirements).
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is also found in beer, and it is responsible for maintaining normal levels of blood homocysteine, the substance known for beneficial effects in cardiovascular disease.
Minerals in beer
With its low calcium and high magnesium content, along with the well-known diuretic effect, moderate beer consumption has a protective role in urinary anti-litiasis.
Beer (derived from barley) has good bio-availability, ensuring an optimal bone density and is studied for its possible anti-Alzheimer’s role.
Thus, contrary to a reduced caloric intake, beer has a negligible intake of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, soluble fiber, being appreciated not only for its taste or for social impact, but also for protection against cardiovascular diseases, type II diabetes, being a great anti-aging, anti urinary and biliary disorders, and being a great aid in maintaining the bone architecture.
Drinking Beer May Help You Read Certain Emotions
A recent study concluded that drinking one beer may help you read certain emotions, such as happiness.
The study was conducted on 60 men, aged between 18 and 50 years, who were served with regular beer or non-alcoholic beer.
After every subject drank around 500 ml of beer, the researchers started their experiment.
Scientists started to show to the subjects images depicting the main 6 emotions:
As a result, it turned out that the group that was served with regular beer was able to recognize the images that resembled the emotion of happiness, in comparison with the group that was served with non-alcoholic beer which had problems recognizing different emotions.
The conclusion of the researchers was that the people who drink one bottle of regular beer ‘faster sees happy faces and enhances concern for positive emotional situations’, as the study leader, Dr. Liechti said. Therefore, drinking beer may help you read certain emotions.