While it may be true that your waistline falls victim to your drunken Thursday-Sunday nights, did you know that beer has the power to actually lower your risk of cardiovascular disease? Studies have shown that one beer per day reduces blood clotting in cardiovascular patients. The patients who participated in this study not only got to enjoy one beer per day, but also lived longer than patients who abstained. Beer has been proven to have constituents in it that actually lower triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol. (The bad cholesterol.)

So, when you find yourself caught deciding between Honey Nut Cheerios and a cold brew, you can now justify your so-called “poor” health habits intelligently.
According to Forbes.com, the moderate consumption can have “hearth healthy effects, including making men 30-35% less likely of ever having a heart attack than those who abstain.”

Curious about the nutrition facts of beer? According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one 12-ounce serving of regular beer has the following nutrients:

  • Calories: 153
  • Protein: 1.64 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.64 g
  • Calcium: 14 mg
  • Magnesium: 21 mg
  • Phosphorus: 50 mg
  • Potassium: 96 mg
  • Sodium: 14 mg
  • Zinc: 0.04 mg
  • Thiamin: 0.018 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.089 mg
  • Niacin: 1.826 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid: 0.146 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.164 mg
Just keep in mind, I am a blogger, not a doctor. I’ve done a little research, but by no means is this a reason for you to go out, get plastered and blame your actions on me. Drink responsibly.

-Julia Fuino

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