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If you're toasting for good health, beer might be a good bet and better than wine... Especially for your microbiome!

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To fight osteoporosis!

Better than milk?!

Milk is not so great.

Adequate, lifelong dietary calcium intake is necessary to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Consuming adequate calcium and vitamin D and performing regular, weight-bearing exercise are also important to build maximum bone density and strength. After age 30, these factors help slow bone loss, although they cannot completely prevent bone loss due to aging.

Milk and dairy products are a convenient source of calcium for many people. They are also a good source of protein and are fortified with vitamins D and A. At this time, however, the optimal intake of calcium is not clear, nor is the optimal source or sources of calcium. As noted earlier, the National Academy of Sciences currently recommends that people ages 19 to 50 consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day, and that those age 50 or over get 1,200 milligrams per day. Reaching 1,200 milligrams per day would usually require drinking two to three glasses of milk per day—or taking calcium supplements—over and above an overall healthy diet.

However, these recommendations are based on very short-term studies, and are likely to be higher than what people really need. Currently, there’s no good evidence that consuming more than one serving of milk per day in addition to a reasonable diet (which typically provides about 300 milligrams of calcium per day from nondairy sources) will reduce fracture risk. Because of unresolved concerns about the risk of ovarian and prostate cancer, it may be prudent to avoid higher intakes of dairy products.

Okay but kale and collard greens are better.

Calcium can also be found in dark green, leafy vegetables, such as kale and collard greens, as well as in dried beans and legumes.

Also beer healthier than wine?!

Preliminary research by Bamforth has also suggested that beer may have prebiotics — nourishment for the good bacteria in our gut. As for antioxidants, he says both beer and wine contain them.

But, as we've reported, resveratrol, the molecule in red wine and chocolate once celebrated as a nutritional key to longevity, may not offer much of a benefit — if consumed in the small quantities we typically get from food and drink.

"The way that the wine industry advertised red wine [as healthy], making us think beer just causes beer bellies, was very clever," says Bamforth.

He adds that the antioxidants in wine may also not be as readily absorbed as the ones in beer — compounds like ferulic acid.

"With beer, more of [the antioxidants] actually get into the body," he says, though beers can have varying levels of them.

Prebiotics?! So basically this article suggests that my microbiome needs beer?

Yes, your microbiome wants to party.

Specifically my microbiome wants a keg party.

Bottle conditioned beer, or fresh beer from a local, artisan brewer that doesn't pasteurize their final product is what you want and can look for as a healthier beverage.  

Also, beer is typically half the alcohol content of wine, per volume ounce, so much better for you if you tend to be thirsty all the time... keggers notwithstanding.

Just like other foods, you have to hunt to find the ones that are better for you.

Brewers who don't pasteurize are few and far between.

Here's a partial list of beers with active yeast that can be "harvested" to make more beer... i.e. unpasteurized.  It's a few years old and got it off a list serve here:

Allagash White

Anchor Liberty Ale 

Anheuser-Busch Shock Top Belgian White 

 Avery 15 

 Avery 18 

 Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout 

 Bell’s Amber Ale 

 Bell’s Oberon 

 Bell’s Pale Ale 

 Bell’s Two Hearted 

 Boulevard Saison Brett 

 Boulevard Wheat 


 Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale 

 Captain Lawerence Cuvee De Castleton 

 Cheval Blanc's La Blanche 

 Chimay Red Cap 

 Chimay Triple 

 Chimay Blue Cap 

 De Proef Les Deux Brsseurs 

 Dog Fish Head Squall 

 Driftwood's Farmhand Ale 

 Erdinger Dunkelweiss 

 Flying Dog Pale Ale 

 Franziskaner Hefeweissbier 

 Gutmann Hefeweizen 

 Hanssens Oude Gueuze 

 Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen 

 Harpoon UFO Pale Ale 

 Harpoon UFO White 


 Huyghe Delirium Tremens 

 Jolly Pumpkin 

 Jolly Pumpkin ES Bam 

 Le Merle Saison

 Lindeman's Cuve Renee Gueuze 

 New Belgium Fat Tire 

 Newcastle Brown Ale 

 Odell Sabortuer

Ommegang ALL 


 Pretty Things Jack D'or 

 Paulaner Hefeweizen 

 Rogue Brutal Bitter 

 Rogue Chatoe 

 Rogue Dead Guy Ale 

 Rogue Shakespeare Stout 

 Russian River Temptation 

 Saison D'Erpe-Mere 

 Saison Dupont 

 Saison Foret 

 Schneider Weisse 

 Sierra Nevada Kellerweis 

 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 

 Stone Pale Ale 

 Sweetwater IPA 

 Sweetwater Sch’Wheat 

 Sweetwater 420 

 Unibroue La Fin Du Monde 

 Unibroue Blanche de Chambley

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