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It’s hard to understand where the beer-belly myth came from, but we are stuck with it for now. Taking a closer look at the nutritional content of beer such as Abbot Ale tells a very different story.
When drunk in moderation, beer is one of the healthiest alcoholic drinks available. Beer contains vitamins, which can help you to maintain a well-balanced healthy diet, fibre to keep you regular, readily absorbed antioxidants and minerals such as silicon which may help to lower your risk of osteoporosis.
As Professor Jonathon Powell, head of MRC Human Nutrition Research in Cambridge (and the first scientist to show the link between the effects of silicon and bone density), points out: “Silicon is found in large amounts in the husk of barley – the very substance used in the beer-making process and is dissolved into the fluid of the beer.
“Even knowing this, we were surprised that some of the beers which we tested were literally drenched with silicic acid – silicon.”
Despite 68% of people citing beer as the national drink, few are aware of its healthy properties – and here are some of the most common misconceptions:
- 10% of people wrongly believe that beer contains fat: beer, like Ruddles or Old Speckled Hen, contains zero fat and zero cholesterol
-24% of people wrongly think that red wine, rather than beer, contains the most vitamins
- Only 2% of people realise that beer contains a valuable source of silicon
- 13% of people incorrectly believe that beer (like Greene King IPA) is made from chemicals, rather than from malted barley and hops
- One in ten people surveyed doesn’t realise that beer, such as Abbot Ale, contains vitamins and minerals