Today, 4/16/2018, Oz investigates the beer industry and secrets they may be keeping from you. It’s a 100 billion dollar industry and one of America’s favorite beverages. Why aren’t there any ingredients listed on the bottle? And is “light beer” really a scam that can lead to weight gain? Recent research suggests that craft beer can actually be healthy for you. Food journalist Mark Schatzker visits NOLA Brewing Company in New Orleans, LA to find out the benefits of drinking craft beer. Schatzker says research shows craft beer is actually good for you.
He gives these reasons to switch to craft beer.
- Craft beer taste great and is honesty in a bottle. Contains the best ingredients possible. your local brewery uses higher quality, fresher, and sometimes even locally-grown or organic ingredients.
- Craft beer is healthy. It contains probiotics and contains more protein and vitamin B and the antioxidant makeup of beer, though different from wine, is equivalent. It is also a rich source of silicon and new research points to hops as a possible guard against cognitive decline.
- You drink less because it is so satisfying.
- You spend less.
- It goes hand-in-hand with great foods.
Comparison Chart-are you really saving calories?
Light Beer: 12 fl. oz contains 110 calories Usually 2-3% alcohol (will depend on brand) costs less.
Regular Beer: 12 fl. oz contains 150 calories Usually 5% alcohol (will depend on brand) costs more.
To sum up, light beers are healthier, cheaper, but comparatively flavorless while regular beers have more calories and alcohol content, are more expensive but have full flavor. Whichever you choose, always keep in mind that beer is still beer and will get you intoxicated, so drink responsibly.
Ingredients of a beer:
- Water – As you may already know, beer is mostly water. With different mineral components of water in different regions, a certain type of beer is better suited to these different regions. In Dublin for instance, they have hard water (high in calcium and magnesium) that is well-suited to making stout (dark beer) such as Guinness.
- Starch Source – The starch source is what provides the ferment-able material and is the determinant of the strength and flavor. Malted grain is the most commonly used starch source.
- Hops – It is a flower (also called seed cones or strobiles) that is used mainly for a beer’s flavor. It also acts as a preservative agent in nearly all beer made to this day.
- Yeast – It is responsible for the fermentation of beer. It metabolizes (the process of metabolism) the sugars extracted from grains which produce the alcohol and carbon dioxide. It also adds to the character and flavor of the beer.
- Clarifying Agent – These are added to the finished product which makes the beer appear bright and clean. Some examples would be isinglass (a form of collagen), Irish moss (a seaweed), and gelatin (flavorless food derived from collagen). It would also be an identifier to indicate whether the beer is suitable for Vegans (seaweed is added).
Believe it or not, keeping an extra can or two of beer in your refrigerator can be helpful in tricky situations (and not just by consuming it). The hoppy beverage can do wonders at deterring insects, cleaning rusty objects and more. Read on to learn all of the fascinating ways you can use beer. Then, pour it out and put it to work!
10 Ways to Use Beer
- Use It as Shampoo. Spritz, rinse or soak your hair in beer to add volume, thickness, and shine to your locks. The proteins found in the drink can cling to your hair to strengthen the cuticles. To make beer shampoo, boil one cup of beer for 15 minutes and let it cool. Then, blend it with one cup of shampoo. You can also buy beer shampoo at select stores.
- Kill Slugs. Bury small containers at soil level and fill them with a little bit of beer in your garden to attract pesky slugs. They’ll be lured in by the fermented yeast and will drown.
- Take a Beer Bath. The hops in beer can help with skin conditions like psoriasis. Add two cups of beer to your next bath to soothe your skin.
- Polish Wooden Furniture. Don’t toss out your flat beer; use it to shine up your wooden furniture! Dab some on a soft cloth and rub it on the area that needs polishing. Then, dry up the area with a different, dry cloth.
- Fix a Brown Patch on a Lawn. Eliminate brown dry patches on an otherwise green lawn with the help of your favorite brew. The sugars in beer help stimulate grass growth and the acids in beer kill fungi.
- Marinade Meat. Before you throw some meat on the grill, marinade it in beer (preferably dark) for four hours. A study found that the soaking meat in beer reduces the number of carcinogens that form on meat when it’s cooked at high temperatures.
- Keep Bees Away. Make bee traps out of plastic water bottles. Simply pour a little bit of beer into the bottles and hang them up or set them on a deck, keeping the caps off. The beer will lure them into the bottle and they won’t be able to get back out.
- Polish Gold Jewelry. Dip a soft cloth in beer before you polish your gold jewelry and dry it off with a clean cloth to make your bling extra sparkly.
- Remove Rust. Get rid of rust on screws by soaking them in beer for at least 15 seconds. The carbonation in the drink helps to break it down.
- Give Yourself a Pedicure. Soak your feet in beer during your next at-home pedicure. The yeast in beer works as a great skin-softener and can make it easier to get rid of stubborn calluses.
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