7. Fight Cancer
In January, it was reported that researchers at the German Cancer Research Centre have discovered that beer actually contains a powerful molecule that helps protect our bodies against breast and prostate cancer. The substance called xanthohumol, that is commonly used during brewing, blocks the excessive action of testosterone and estrogen and also helps to prevent the release of a protein called PSA, which encourages the spread of prostate cancer. “Hops give beer its bitter flavor, so traditional bitters and ales will contain far more of this substance than light lagers,” explained expert Ben McFarland, author of the World’s Best Beers. That’s a great reason to cheat on your favorite brew a little bit and try out all of the ales at your favorite bar.
6. No Beer Belly
Time to let go of that tired “beer belly” cliché. Did you ever think about this: not every person who loves beer has a belly, right? So how come beer gets all the blame? Simply because typical beer has an average of 150 calories and is usually easy to overdo: no one ever stops after drinking just one glass of beer.
But it’s also the food that you eat while drinking alcohol that can cause your waistline to extend. So stop blaming the beer and pick better snacks next time around.
5. Less Calories
Screw food, feast on beer! The recent reports from the Guinness brewery stated that the dark brew, for example, packs fewer calories than skimmed milk or your orange juice. How crazy is that? So next time we’re looking for an afternoon snack, we’re heading straight to the bar instead of a local bodega.