Drinking beer because it might be healthy is like taking a flight because you might see some killer clouds. You probably drink beer because it’s delicious and makes you feel like a champion, but there are some potential positive health effects you might want to be aware of. Especially when you mix it with that grill on a sunny day.
A cold beer and a tasty steak from the barbecue are often said to be a match made in heaven on a hot summer day.
However research has found that the pairing is also good for your health as marinating meat in beer before grilling it can reduce the chances of getting cancer from eating barbecued food.
The process of cooking meat over hot coals is known to increase the production of potentially harmful chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are linked to colorectal cancer.
Now, researchers are reporting that the very same beer that many people enjoy at backyard barbeques could, when used as a marinade, help reduce the formation of potentially harmful substances in grilled meats. The study appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Professor Isabel Ferreira Ferreira and colleagues from the University of Porto in Portugal grilled samples of pork marinated for four hours in Pilsner beer, non-alcoholic Pilsner beer or a black beer ale to well-done on a charcoal grill.
Results of marinating in beer?
The scientists found the black beer had the strongest effect, reducing the levels of PAHs when compared to meat that had not been marinated.
Black beer had the strongest effect, reducing the levels of eight major PAHs by more than half compared to unmarinated pork.
Also, there are a bunch of benefits to drinking your favorite alcoholic beverage, according to science.
Beer fight weight
OregonLive reports that a study conducted at Oregon State showed that mice given a high-fat diet and xanthohumol – a natural flavor found in hops and beer – had their insulin and cholesterol levels cut significantly. Bad news: you’d have to drink 3,500 pints a day to take in that level of xanthohumol. Still, in the mix with the BBQ we will benefit from the xanthohumol intake.
Help prevent Alzheimer
A university in Madrid found that drinking two beers a day “limited the ability of aluminum to damage the brain,” which is good, because aluminum is thought to be a factor in causing Alzheimer’s.
Does that mean if you drink four beers, you might double the effects of beer against aluminum? There’s only one way to find out!
It’s a great hydration source after workout
Spanish researchers say that beer hydrates “slightly better” than water, which is great news for amateur athletes who can’t wait until they go to the bar after the game to have a drink. One of the researchers claimed that the carbs in beer “replace lost calories,” proving that if you work out to lose weight, perhaps subbing beer for water isn’t the best idea.
So either you have a couple of beers with your favorite grill or you marinate your steak in black beer, there are a lot ob health benefits that will help you on the go.
What kind of beer do you prefer? Do you usually marinate your steak? Please leave comments below or any recipes you know about marinating meat with beer.