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Beer myth in the check: How healthy is the barley juice really?
© Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa Allegedly, the malt-hops mixture helps with all kinds of health problems.
Nuremberg – No other alcoholic beverage is as popular in Germany as beer. At the same time, there are also many myths about its health effects. But is beer really healthy?
Germans drank an average of 102 liters of beer per capita in 2018, according to the prevention website kenn-dein-limit.de with reference to manufacturer information. The alcoholic malt-hops mixture is more popular than any other alcoholic beverage in Germany. There are some regional differences: In the north it can be a bit more bitter, in the south more hoppy and in the Rhineland preferably Kolsch and Alt.
It doesn't matter whether it's Helles or Weizen – beer is always supposed to be healthy, and many a folk belief. Supposedly it helps to fall asleep, promotes hair growth and even reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack. Read here Benefit. Harm in comparison.
Hops and malt can have a positive effect
As is well known, the beer according to the German purity law consists of hops, malt, water and yeast. Hops contain all sorts of healthy ingredients, e.g.B. Bitter substances and essential oils, which can support digestion and help with loss of appetite, as reported by the NDR. However, the hops are too diluted in the beer, which is why the effect is not worth mentioning. The situation is better with malt: It provides many B vitamins and phosphoric acid. According to the NDR these are important for the cell metabolism. The low sodium content also has a positive effect on blood prere, but water and tea also have the same effect.
Calorie count is a factor in whether beer is healthy that should not be underestimated. The saying "Four halves are also a schnitzel" is a good one is actually something to it. Thus, one beer approx. 43 kilocalories per 100 milliliters. Accordingly, four half-liter glasses of beer contain a whopping 860 kcal. This is roughly equivalent to a pork schnitzel with French fries. What literally adds to the calorie count is its appetite stimulating effect. According to the NDR, this is stronger than with other alcoholic beverages.
Alcohol recommended only in very small quantities
Even small amounts of alcohol can harm the body. How much is recommended per day varies depending on the source. According to the Federal Center for Health Education, two standard glasses of 250 milliliters of beer are recommended for men and one for women. Two days a week should be drunk however no alcohol at all, in order to grant to the body a recovery break. Because already 0.1- 0.2 promille are sufficient, in order to affect the perception and thinking ability, as the BZgA communicated. In addition, the reaction speed is also affected. The correct estimation of distances is impaired.