The Nutrition of Beer

For most, beer is a fun, tasty treat. If you want something healthy and nutritious, you’re not likely to reach for an ale, lager or stout. We know that you, Brew Bloods listener, take your beer analysis to the next level. So we answer the question, what is the nutritional value of that beer you are drinking?

A few things to consider when you look closer at the health side of beer. Beer is fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in carbohydrates—a 341-mL bottle of beer with 5 percent alcohol has 5 g of carbohydrates, while a pear with the skin on has 26 g. While no one, not even us, would say a beer is healthier than fruits or vegetables, enjoying beer in moderation can actually be a healthier beverage choice than soda or sugary fruit cocktails.A bottle of beer can contain 92 mg of potassium, 14 mg of calcium and 48 mg of phosphorus, all minerals that are essential to a healthy diet. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Biochemistry suggests that the levels of antioxidants found in blood are elevated after beer is consumed. The Brewers of Europe, an organization that represents European breweries, two glasses of beer can provide 10 percent of your recommended daily fiber intake. Studies suggest that Xanthohumol, a plant compound found in hops, may help prevent cancer, as well as reduce menopausal hot flashes and fight off osteoporosis.

Think you need to reach for a light beer due to calories? Think again. Don’t feel like you have to forgo your favourite brand if you’re watching your weight—there isn’t actually a big difference between most light beers and a regular bottle of brew. For example, a 342 g bottle of beer with five percent alcohol has about 140 calories, while a light beer with four percent alcohol has about 100 calories.

To sum up, enjoyed moderately, beer can be a part of your diet without the concern of belt busting caloric guilt.