This may be too good to be true, but a couple of recent studies have found that beer can actually fight weight gain and improve your heart health. For local beer-drinkers at places like Intuition Ale Works and Bold City Brewing, this could mean a slimmer waist and longer life.
In an article published June 6 in the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers say a molecule called nicotimamide riboside, or NR for short, could help mice gain less weight. The article goes on to say that this is true even when the mice are fed high-fat diets. The molecule seems to work by influencing cell mitochondria (a cell’s power producers) and does not show any side-effects even at high doses. Meaning that in the future you may be able to eat that greasy burger while drinking a beer and not have to worry about it all going to your hips.
The other study, published last year by Italian researchers, found that beer consumption may lower the risk of heart disease in the same way that wine does. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) agrees that beer is good for the heart and other internal organs. Andrea Giancoli says in an article published by Fox News last year, “Beer specifically has been associated with additional health outcomes, including lowering the risk of kidney stones in men compared to other alcoholic beverages, possibly due to its high water content and diuretic effect.”
With these two studies, scientists have won the hearts of beer-lovers around the world. Of course, both studies show that the effects are for moderate beer-drinkers.