Beer may have health benefits when consumed in moderation. Non-alcoholic beers have become very popular lately, but are these drinks healthy? This is what these researchers seem to demonstrate, recalling the key role, for health, of the billions of micro-organisms that line the human gastrointestinal tract. Previous studies have now clearly demonstrated that when many types of bacteria are present, the risk of chronic diseases is greatly reduced, including the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Beneficial antioxidant compounds and probiotics
Beer contains compounds, such as polyphenols, as well as microorganisms from its fermentation, which impact the variety of microbes in the human gut.
The studyconducted double-blind, with 19 healthy male participants randomly divided into 2 groups, asked to consume 300 ml of alcoholic or non-alcoholic lager beer with dinner for 4 weeks, shows that:
- whether participants’ weight, body mass index, serum markers of heart health, and metabolism did not change during the study;
- after 4 weeks of moderate but regular beer consumption, both groups show greater bacterial diversity in their gut microbiome and higher levels of fecal alkaline phosphatase: indicating improved gut health.
The researchers suggest that drinking a can of beer, regardless of its alcohol content, may benefit the gut microbiome and gut health in men. Non-alcoholic beer being “perhaps” the healthier choice!