Research Suggests This Brand Of Beer Has Impressive Health Benefits

Beer is a popular beverage choice worldwide and when consumed in moderation, may benefit your health. According to Just Beer, there are more than 100 different types of beer that can be broken down into three main groups: ales, lagers, and hybrids. Those main groups are then sorted into dozens of smaller groups by other factors, such as ingredients, flavor, and color. 

The group a beer belongs to is determined by how the beer is made (via Just Beer). For example, you may notice some beers with similar tastes, such as Budweiser, Bud Light, or Miller Lite. These companies use similar brewing methods and nearly identical ingredients to make their products, so they all may taste "light" upon that first sip.

Beer is thought to have originated around 12,000 years ago, around the same time in which grain agriculture emerged (per History). The brewing technique we use today to make beer involves high-tech devices like computer-controlled and stainless steel equipment. To make beer, grain starches have to turn to sugar, which is then extracted and fermented with yeast through the brewing process.

Health benefits of beer

One brand of beer known for its many health benefits is Guinness. In the early 1900s, slogans for the brand described Guinness as "being good for you," CNN reports, and it turns out, that may be true. Guinness contains folate, a B vitamin needed in our bodies to make genetic material, such as DNA and cell division.

Additionally, Guinness is a beer with fewer calories than its competitors on the market. Despite its rich and creamy taste, Eating Well reports that Guinness contains less alcohol content and calories than other major beer brands. For example, when compared to a Bud Light with a 5% alcohol content, Guinness has a 4.5% ABV, or alcohol by volume.

Guinness may also be good for your gut health, Dr. Charlie Bamforth, distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis, told CNN. Guinness contains fiber and prebiotics compared to other beer options. More importantly, though, beer should always be consumed in moderation, no matter the health benefits they may provide.