Crack open the 6 pack. According to Mensfitness.com, beer shouldn’t get the bad rap that it usually does on the healthy food and drink list.
Bari Lieberman reports that a tall cold one can:
1) Bring you fiber to lower your cholesterol levels
2) Decrease your chance of getting blood clots by increasing HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind) and lowering the “bad” LDL levels
3) Work to protect your bones by bringing you skeletal strengthening silicon
4) Lower your risk of kidney stones by delaying your release of bone calcium, and
5) Give you a healthy dose of your B vitamins.
Let’s meet at the bar.
Of course, you don’t want to get too much of a good thing. Keeping in mind healthy limits, some sources recommend a limit of one drink per day for women and up to two for men, to reap the health benefits of and leave the hangover at the curb.
However, not all beers are created equal and some provide more health benefits than others. Of note, ales are known to have some of the highest levels of phenols, the natural antioxidants that are also found in wine and some fruits, and so they pack the best punch in protecting your heart.
In no particular order, here is a list of beer sold south of the border that have been reviewed as being some of the healthiest:
(#1 on USA Today’s list of healthy beers) This is a great choice for beer drinkers with vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C and several essential oils but without the high calorie count.
Type: Lager Alcohol Content: 3.8% Calories: 99 Carbs: 9 grams
2) Guinness Draught:
A classic dark beer that has developed both lovers and haters. It’s packing a punch health-wise with tons of phenols, fewer carbs and calories.
Type: Stout Alcohol Content: 4% Calories: 126 Carbs: 10 grams
Again, a lower calorie count beer with true flavour. Not an easy task.
Type: Lager Alcohol Content: 4% Calories: 119 Carbs: 9.7 grams
4) O’ Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye is a nutty American red ale, toasted with hemp seeds. The hemp seeds make this beer a source of vitamin E, boosting the immune system, and they can also contribute to lowering blood pressure.
Calories: 165 Alcohol Content: 5.5%
This beer is infused with real raspberries, allowing for a fresh, fruity taste and anti-oxidants galore.
Type: Lager Alcohol Content: 4.2% Calories: 145 Carbs: 11 grams
Info on the healthiest Canadian beers is harder to come by, but going pesticide-free is often a good bet.
Here is a list of some of Canada’s best organic, West to East:
1) Alley Cat Charlie Flint’s Organic Lager
This Alberta beer is named after brewing pioneer Charles Flint, and offers the taste of European style lager made from sterling hops and organic 2-row malts.
2) Mill Street Organic
Mill Street Brewery produces a 100% certified organic lager. Ontario’s Mill Street Organic is a refreshing European-style pilsner that can easily be paired with cheese and fruit, seafood, pasta, and chicken.
3) Blond Biologique
La Barberie produces small amounts of specialty beers in Quebec for City for restaurants, bars and cafés. Blonde Biologique is produced with pesticide-free ingredients and is also available in the tasting salon next to the brewery.
4) Dark & Stormy Night
Dark and Stormy Night is a dark wheat beer developed by Picaroons Traditional Ales in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It is 100% certified organic and is a hybrid of a German dunkel and a traditional English ale.
5) Greenman Organic Beer
This beer is produced by the Granite Brewery in Nova Scotia as a light pale ale brewed with organic malt. A great East Coast brew!
6) Blueberry Pale Ale
PEI Brewing Company brews Blueberry Pale Ale, a fruity wheat beer made with…you guessed right…blueberries. And organic ones, at that. Real blueberry puree is added to this brew of almost 50% Canadian wheat and 50% Canadian barley during the fermentation process. Berries and beer-two ‘b’s that were meant to be together.
Plenty of choices, and good vibes for getting your vitamins while enjoy a great drink. Please drink responsibly!