The Health Benefits of Alcohol
The Better Side of Beer
If you thought beer was just for baseball games and frat parties, think again!
According to a letter in medical journal The Lancet, beer consumption may actually protect against heart disease. Beer contains vitamin B6, which prevents the buildup of homocysteine, a chemical linked with heart disease
Moreover, studies have shown that one serving of beer provides roughly the same amount of heart-healthy antioxidant protection as red wine, and that consuming moderate amounts of beer lowers one's chances of coronary heart disease by 30-40 percent, compared to those who don't kick back with the occasional brew.Calorie Comparison
Light beer tallies about 108 calories for 12 ounces, while regular beer rings in about 144 calories. If you're a beer-drinker who's watching her weight, opt for light beer. "Light beer will cut the calories, so if you're going to do something lighter, look for light as opposed to low-carb," advises Young. "The low-carb beer will give you the same calories as the regular."
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