Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Beer Up!

This will bring some cheers to ya'll beer lover. Researchers developing a beer with the same health benefits as the red stuff.

You rejoiced when you learned a glass of red wine was actually good for you. So what would you do if you found out beer could pack the same benefits?

Researchers at Rice University in Houston are developing a brew that will have the same heart-healthy and cancer-fighting effects as wine. The key ingredient is a flavonoid called resveratrol, which fights cancer, is good for your skin, and prevents Alzheimer’s. And the good news could even get better: Researchers are hopeful that their genetically engineered version will have higher concentrations than red wine.

Until this beer is available, go easy on the carbonated stuff. Beer often contains more calories than wine: Two 12-ounce beers will deliver more than 300 calories to your gut. And even though moderate amounts of alcohol are good for you, the excess calories put a strain on the heart and can increase your risk of coronary heart disease. The American Heart Association lists being overweight, smoking, and eating a diet loaded with saturated fats as risk factors for the heart. Take control of what you eat—skip the drive-thru and eat foods like oatmeal for breakfast, a turkey sandwich for lunch, and fish and broccoli for dinner. Exercise for 30 minutes a day, either in the gym or at home, and you deserve that beer. Just one. Taken from Men's Health Magazine October'08.

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