I know a lot of great fathers and they ALL enjoy their beer. While everyone knows the downside of too much beer-the “santa claus” physique (known technically as central obesity) or the dreaded hangover, there are actually some nutritional benefits from drinking modest amounts of beer. For men, a “modest” amount of beer would be two or less 12 oz. cans of beer. If there was ever a time to toot beer’s horn, it would seem to be Father’s Day. Cheers to you, Dad.
7 health benefits of beer consumption (modest)
- It can actually decrease blood pressure if consumed in small amounts.
- Contributes B vitamins to the diet because beer is made from hops and yeast, both of which provide various B vitamins.
- Beer has a relatively high silicon content. Researchers have noted that dietary silicon intake in men aged 30-87 years of age was correlated with higher bone density.
- It is a modest source of selenium (an anti-oxidant), calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients are also important for strong bones.
- It can be a source of anti-oxidants. In fact, the darker the beer, the more anti-oxidants!
- It can thin the blood, thereby decreasing the potential for blood clotting which could lead to heart attack or stroke.
- It may lessen the likelihood of kidney stones, in part due to the high water content of beer.
For those dads with special medical problems that would generally require abstinence from regular beer, there are even non-alcoholic beers and gluten-free beers now widely available so you can imbibe without affecting your health! And for those dads trying to whittle their waist or needing to control their carbohydrate due to diabetes, beers come in a wide range of calories and carbohydrate content, so check the labels to find the beer that is best for you. Here’s a list of 20 low carb and low calorie beers that seem worth trying if you are trying to keep carbs and calories down.
So happy Father’s Day to all you great dads out there. Enjoy your beer and do some healthier grilling while you’re sipping your cold beer!
Nothing beats a cold “brewski” with a grilled meal on a hot summer day. Cheers to you.