Beer makes you fat and unhealthy. That’s a common conception of the golden drops of hoppy goodness. However, a new research indicates that this is not actually the case - good health just might be hidden at the bottom of a beer glass. Contrary to the common view, beer has lots of health benefits that make it at least as healthy as wine when it’s consumed in small amounts. Moderate consumption can mean as much as three glasses a day, when paired with a healthy diet.

Along with its many other virtues, beer can help prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and high blood pressure. These are just a few of the conclusions from the recent international conference ‘Beer and Nutrition’, hosted by the University of Copenhagen.

The health benefits of beer:

  1. The scientists participating in the conference listed the following benefits of beer drinking:
  2. It prevents cardiovascular disease in men over the age of 35 and women over the age of 45.
  3. Moderate alcohol consumption lowers the risk of diabetes, while large consumption or no consumption increases the risk.
  4. Beer can lower the risk of osteoporosis, especially in women who have passed menopause.
  5. Hops contain a number of nutrients that appear to prevent a variety of diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and depression.

How to drink beer the healthy way:

According to the scientists, drinking beer is beneficial to health if the consumer sticks to the following guidelines. He or she must:

  1. Drink in moderation, i.e. one to three units a day in conjunction with a healthy meal. Men are allowed up to three units.
  2. Maintain a consistent intake, spreading the consumption over the entire week.
  3. Avoid drinking more than five units in a short space of time, for instance in a single night. -- My husband was very excited  with this article until this very last point.