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The inspiration for this podcast came from an article I wrote a few months back, it was looking at the potential health benefits of drinking beer, and weighing them up against the downsides. The article was fairly interesting to write, and I thought that it might suit podcasting even better. So, is beer healthy? Let’s find out.
There is a lot of evidence that light to moderate beer drinking can provide some health benefits, but heavy drinking is guaranteed to cause health issues down the line. In the podcast, I conclude that while beer may well provide some health benefits, it isn’t good practice to think of it as healthy.
Think of it as a nice treat, something to savour and enjoy, but not something to overindulge in. In the same way that having a nice steak every once in a while can provide some excellent health benefits, but that too much steak can lead to weight gain, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease!
For a bit of a change, I decided to have a beer from my Perfect Draft machine during this podcast. A Spaten Oktoberfest beer. I’ve had the Perfect Draft machine for a few months now, and have been really impressed by it.
I love German lagers and pilsners, and Oktoberfest beers are a personal favourite. Though I have learned not to attempt to drink a stein’s worth of it too often. At over 6% abv, it’s just too strong for little old me!
A nice half-pint or two every now and again is a really nice luxury. But after talking about the benefits of light drinking rather than heavy drinking, it seems mad to be getting through a keg of 6% German beer too quickly! The kegs last for 30 days, so I’ve been spreading it out and taking my time.
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.