Beer has gotten a bad rep for being unhealthy, causing that dreaded 'beer-gut,' and on the alcohol scale, being worse than wine. It's time to break these myths.

Did you know beer is healthier for you than most people have ever imagined. And it helps out multiple parts of your body - from your bones, to your heart, to your stomach. Here's 5 beer myths we're going to bust:

1 - Drinking Beer will Give You a Beer-Belly

This is actually not true. Your body in no way, stores beer in your mid-section, or just holds on to the calories from beer in this area. Why does it seem like people who drink a lot of beer have that 'beer-gut?' Well, that's because beer still has calories in it. If you eat a 2,000 calorie diet THEN drink 3 or 4 beers, you're over your calorie intake for the day and you're going to gain weight. Plain and simple. The same thing would happen with chocolate chip cookies - You can't blame the alcohol on this one.

2 - Wine is Better for You Than Beer

Wine has been getting a lot of love lately for all the antioxidants it contains, but did you know beer also contains antioxidants. Beer actually contains just as much antioxidants as you would get from wine or dark chocolate. Not only that, but beer also contains protein, B vitamins, and other healthy minerals.

3 - Beer Does Damage to Your Brain

Sure, if you binge-drink and put your brain and body into a drunken stupor on a daily basis, you're going to do some damage to your mind. That being said, beer does have a compound that has been shown to protect brain cells. A study suggests it could help prevent against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. You can check out more on this brain study on the link below:

4 - Over Time, Beer Causes Heart Issues

Not true! Studies have been done to prove beer can help your heart. According to Cheat Sheet - Health and Fitness,

One study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found men who consumed at least three or four alcoholic beverages a week, including wine, beer, and liquor, had a lower risk of heart attack than men who drank alcohol less than once per week.

 

5 - Beer Will Give You Stomach Problems

Again, if you binge-drink regularly then yes, you're going to have stomach problems. If you drink a beer or two a day, you can actually help your stomach and digestive system. Beer has acid (especially in your IPA's), that acid helps your body break down food and absorb nutrients.

Next time you're relaxing or out with friends, go ahead and grab that beer. It does a lot more good than most people realize.

 

 

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[Cheat Sheet - Health and Fitness]