Benefits Of Alcohol-Free BeerDATE:
Drinking culture in the UK has, for a very long time, revolved around the alcohol presence within beer, wine or any other drink that one takes preference to. But how much of this social culture is genuinely reliant on the alcohol itself? For many people, the answer would be -‘Entirely, of course!’. However, there are lots of benefits to drinking beer and socialising that go unnoticed due to the over-powering idea that getting drunk is the reason we enjoy going to the pub. After doing a bit of research, we found quite a few things the you may be surprised to hear!
1. Good for the heart
Studies have shown that drinking (in moderation) could actually be beneficial to our health by helping to prevent heart diseases, but often the negative effects of alcohol outweigh the positives. Initial studies suggested it was ethanol was the reason for positive affects on the heart, but in one study, scientists in Germany found this may not be the case. They found non-alcoholic beer slowed down blood coagulation and platelet activation to strengthen the blood flow. Studies also found an increase of antioxidants in the blood, plus, an enrichment of vitamin B6. This protects the heart and helps to soften the chemical effect linked to Cardiovascular disease.
2. Stress relieving
Having a beer after working out, or strenuous activity in general, is a well-known pleasure. What is not well known however, are the reasons for this (again, most may assume this is due to the alcohol). Beer is a mineral-rich, electrolytic beverage that bears a similar particle concentration to blood. This allows the particles to be taken in and absorbed much faster than other beverages, meaning the effects are felt much quicker. As well as this, potassium is a common mineral found in beer that is known for balancing adrenaline. This reduces shaking of the muscles and blissfully eases stress. And, on top of this, the bitter substance found in hops has an all round soothing effect on the body! This study found that, when tested on healthy female nurses, the hops in non-alcoholic beer had a sedative effect on their bodies, allowing them to have a more restful night’s sleep.
3. Low in calories
For those watching their diet, drinking an alcohol-free beer can be an excellent way to reduce the calorie intake. Typically, an alcoholic beer falls between 180 and 250 kcal per pint, whereas alcohol-free beers are often as low as 50-80 calories per 330ml bottle. Hop-forward beers, like our Hoppy Pale Ale, tend to be the lightest of the lot. Watch out for alcohol-free beers with added lactose, as this tends to send the calories creeping up and isn’t suitable for a vegan diet. At Nirvana, all of our beers are vegan with no added lactose.
4. Suitable during pregnancy and breast-feeding
Pregnancy usually signals the end of your favourite tipple for at least 9 months and beyond if you’re breast-feeling. But with a huge selection of alcohol-free drinks now available, expectant mothers have many excellent substitutes when wanting to go out and enjoy themselves. Not only that, but some scientists believe it to be beneficial to you! The folic acid found in beer helps to stimulate the production of milk during breast-feeding. Our Bavarian Helles Lager is chock-full of folic acids, and rich in vitamins and minerals.
As always though, consult your doctor if you have any queries or concerns about alcohol-free beer during pregnancy.
5. Rehydrates you
It’s well known that not drinking enough water can leave us feeling weak, light-headed and tired. You know that feeling when you’re sitting at your desk and brain fog sets in - you struggle to concentrate and feel the onset of a headache.
While alcoholic drinks certainly feel thirst-quenching, the alcohol inside actually dehydrates you more. An alcohol-free beer however gives you that much-needed rehydration while still feeling like a treat. Add to that, the electrolytes in alcohol-free beer help you to absorb the water more effectively - that’s right, non-alcoholic beer is actually an isotonic drink.
6. Kills the hangover
While we’re on the subject of hydration, a problem that the majority of human beings find when they get drunk, is the horrendous after effects that arise the morning after. This is because of dehydration, the lack of core salts, vitamins and minerals in the body, and is usually dependent on how inebriated you are when you fall asleep. The moreish quality of regular beer, however, tends to make you want another and another and thus the blood-alcohol levels continue to rise until peaking around the time you decide to sleep. But could simply switching to alcohol-free beer towards the end of an evening eradicate this problem entirely? It settles that urge we all have to drink more alcohol while, at the same time, hydrating you with electrolytes, replenishing lost vitamins and minerals and easing you softly out of that drunken state. Give it a go!
Are you ready to try an alcohol-free beer?