Craft beer healthier than red wine: US study
In life, there are two kinds of people: beer drinkers and wine drinkers. Wine tends to get all the health credit, while the beer is synonymous with the dreaded beer belly.
For years health experts have praised wine, hypothesizing that it’s high antioxidant content, specifically resveratrol was the key to the drinks life-extending benefits. But new evidence shows that your favorite beers can offer health benefits too. So when it comes to picking an alcoholic beverage, which should you choose?
All About Wine
Wine, especially red varietals, has a high concentration of polyphenols, nutrients known for their high antioxidant activity.
Polyphenols help decrease inflammation and protect our bodies from oxidative damage (damage that, over time, contributes to aging and many chronic diseases). Studies link moderate wine consumption to decreased blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and a reduced risk of heart disease. A 2013 study found that low to moderate wine consumption may help reduce rates of depression.
Craft Beer is Healthier
While the older research found that wine offered more heart benefits compared to beer, more recent studies are suggesting a similar effect between the two. A 2012 study review found that people who drank moderate amounts of wine or beer had a 42% lower risk of heart disease than non-drinkers.
“We all know that a glass of red wine is good for you, but it turns outs a pint of craft beer is better, it has got more good things in it,” Associate Professor Mike McCullough, at California’s Polytechnic State University said.
Those good things include niacin, known as vitamin B3, and brewers yeast which is fantastic for lowering bad cholesterol.
The basic premise and reason craft beer is healthier than mass produced beer is that it is less pasteurized, Prof McCullough said.
“Your instances of heart disease and your instances of type 2 diabetes decreases on an amount that’s comparable, if not a little bit more, than if you are drinking red wine.”
Regular low to moderate drinking has been shown to extend your lifespan and may improve your health in a number of ways. If you like wine, there is a lot of research that indicates it is especially healthful. But if you’re a beer drinker, you’ll still get some benefits.
The key phrase here is low to moderate drinking. What does this mean? For women, drink no more than one drink per day; men no more than two drinks. One drink is equivalent to five ounces of wine or 12 ounces of beer. Avoid binge drinking multiple drinks in one night, as this provides little benefit and may be harmful.