Beer as food
Why is beer beneficial?
Beer contains vitamins. Analysis of one litre of beer indicates the presence of:
|B1 (thiamine, aneurine)||0,02 mg|
|0,03 - 0,04 mg|
|B6 (pyridoxine)||0,5 mg|
|B5 (pantothenic acid)||8,8 mg|
Along with vitamins, beer contains minerals – phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, sodium, fluorine. Also, it contains dietary minerals like copper, manganese, zinc, aluminium, iron. Alcohol content in most common types of beer is only from 3 to 6 per cent. Therefore, beer is a light alcoholic beverage. Due to its low alcohol level, it is classified as a refreshment beverage.
Beer - liquid bread
Throughout history beer was called liquid bread. Why? Depending on the extract, beer contains 400-500 kilocalories, while 250-390 kilocalories originate from alcohol. The remaining calories are a part of the extract which is beneficially used by the human body.
Experts recommend beer (of course in normal quantities):
- as a dietary mean to lose body weight, since beer stimulates urine and water extraction from the body;
- since beer regulates blood pressure, it is beneficial in fighting anaemia and exhaustion;
- beer increases blood flow in the heart, kidneys and the brain;
- beer stimulates functioning of kidneys, stomach acid, sedates with lupulin and hops;
- as an adequate remedy against constipation, acid and cellulite;
- biochemical composition of beer stimulates metabolism;
- it contains vitamin H, and is useful in dermatology, since biotin reduces hair loss;
- beer also has dietetic value, as it contains already broken enzymes which make beer not only easily digestible, but it stimulates digestion of food consumed together with beer;
- in beer, due to its low pH and the antiseptic effect of the present alcohol, as well as bitter components from hops, microorganisms (pathogens) cannot develop;
- beer has a calming effect on the nervous system, especially for treating elderly patients. Their psychological problems are usually linked to arteriosclerotic developments which reduce the blood flow to the brain;
- since it contains, along calming substances, also alcohol which widens blood vessels and by doing so stimulates blood flow.