Happy IPA Day! Head over to BeerWench for more info! For those who didn’t know, there are different styles of IPA, but my favorites are the American ones. By design, American IPAs usually have more hop and herbal flavor, but be careful since they often contain more alcohol as well. In honor of IPA day, I’d like to do a special post on the relationship between beer and health.
First and foremost, I’m not one to say beer is or isn’t healthy. It’s all about moderation, and I’m no dietitian. You have probably seen articles on beer’s health benefits, most of them appearing around St. Patty’s day or Oktoberfest. Even though the topic is “beer,” these studies are more like shot of tequila – best when taken with a grain of salt.
Some studies claim that that one or two beers a day can significantly lower blood pressure, and I can sort of see how relaxing and enjoying a good brew can be a healthy stress reliever. In my opinion, beers happen to go down much easier than a dose of asprin. I have also read a number of times that…
- Beer can help with bone density, especially IPAs due to their silicon levels
- A brew after physical exertion helps prevent sore muscles
- Some types of beer can be thought of as a complex carbohydrates (kind of a stretch)
On the other hand… no researcher can deny that all forms of alcohol impair judgment, make your liver work overtime, and make you think ordering a pizza at 3 a.m. is the best idea you’ve ever had. See more dangers of alcohol at this Active.com article.
Tons of studies have found that a daily glass of wine or piece of chocolate is good for you, and I’m not disparaging those claims either. You have to admit; publications that print/post this stuff are telling people what they want to hear, but I don’t blame them. People eat this up like nachos (Think that’s not a good comparison? You just haven’t seen me devour good nachos.)
I don’t want anyone to get the impression that I consider my beer-drinking ways to be healthy, but my pints are part of a healthy life that’s sprinkled with good times, indulgences, and occasional trips to the bar.
- Self Magazine explains a number of ways beer can be healthy. For instance, Self says hops have polyphenols, which lower bad cholesterol.
- Draft Magazine’s “Beer Runner” explains how beer can be good for runners in one or more of his blog posts.
- Men’s Health Magazine talks about how beers can boost your metabolism. (How much did they pay a researcher to say that??? Lolz)
Will you be celebrating IPA Day? What’s your favorite food/beverage day?