7 Shocking Things About Drinking Beer That You Probably Don't Know

Ericka Sóuter Say What!?

beer wineMoms love their wine. That's a fact. I have yet to go to a playdate where a bottle of Chardonnay or Merlot wasn't being poured. But I think there is another even better option being totally ignored, ladies. Beer. Yes. Beer. Sure, it brings up memories of keggers in college or watching a game in a bar, but it can be so much more than that. Seriously. There are hard facts to back this up thanks to the folks at FinancesOnline.com. Take a look at the 7 reasons beer is superior to wine.

  1. Beer builds stronger bones. It contains high levels of silicon, which research has found to increase mineral density in bones.
  2. Beer can boost vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid. These can reduce heart disease risk and ease stress, anxiety, and depression.
  3. Beer has the highest water content of any alcoholic beverages, so it's easier on the kidneys.
  4. Beer protects against carcinogens. When it's used to marinate pan-fried steak, beer's sugar may be able to block carcinogens that come from pan-frying.
  5. No wine tasting could top Oktoberfest. The annual beer festival in Munich, Germany attracts six million beer lovers.
  6. It's responsible for the rise of civilization ... kind of. Some archaeologists say that as early as 9500 B.C., folks farmed grains that they could have easily gotten from the wild in order to produce ale for gatherings. The communities were built around those farms.
  7. It's way more popular than wine worldwide. For every one glass of wine sipped, three bottles of beers are downed. That means 189 billion liters of beer are drunk each year compared to just 24 billion liters of wine.

And if those surprising factoids don't convince you that beer is a lot more fascinating than we ever gave it credit for, consider this: It's the one drink you can serve a house full of people without dirtying a single glass. Plus, what is more refreshing than an ice cold one on a hot day? I'm not saying totally forgo the Chardonnay. But why not add a case of Corona (or two) to your next soiree.

*Whatever you imbibe, remember to drink responsibly!

Do you prefer beer over wine?

 

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