Beer is an alcoholic beverage believed by many to be the oldest fermented drink. It is made by blending cereal grains like barley or other starchy sources like millet or corn with water and then fermenting the mixture with the use of brewer’s yeast. The fluid is also infused with hops to give it its characteristic bitter taste. Modern brewing methods typically clarify the fluid with a variety of clarifying agents so as to produce a distinctly clean and bright color. Currently the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage around the world, beer has its ill effects on health and so avoidance of the drink may be prudent.
Read further and discover more about the negative effects of beer and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this source of hydration to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
Alcohol consumption has long been linked to weight gain. Beer, in particular, takes most of the flak hence the term “beer belly” which refers to the infamous paunch often sported by regular consumers of the beverage. While intake may lead to weight gain in general, it is often associated with beer drinkers and the reason for this may be the drink’s popularity. After all, it is the third most widely consumed drink after water and tea.
Alcohol intake, and beer consumption for that matter, bring about weight gain via a number of mechanisms. For one, a typical bottle of beer has anywhere from 120 calories to 150 calories. Because it is relatively cheaper than its other alcohol counterparts like wine, it’s essentially easy to overdo consumption. For another, beer promotes appetite. And so all those helpings of greasy pizza, chips, and chicken wings one eats while downing beers all contribute to the caloric overload. Alcohol breakdown takes precedence over fat burning as well. This means frequent beer drinking coupled with heavy caloric intake from food can result in the fat to remain unmetabolized and therefore stored in the body as added mass.
Beer is contraindicated in particular segments of the population as well. For instance, individuals who have chronic gastrointestinal disorders are advised against consumption of the beverage as it is associated with irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain and dyspepsia. Experts believe that alcohol use and anxiety disorder can both function as a trigger to the other and so those with conditions like depression or social anxiety disorder may do well to steer clear of beer. Nursing women are advised against intake, too, as alcohol is transferred to the milk and will then be consumed by the infant. Disturbed sleep and impaired gross motor development are the known side effects of infant alcohol ingestion from breast milk.
Alcohol consumption, and beer intake for that matter, have long been associated with accidental injuries as well. Alcohol ingestion has been found to attract mosquitoes and so beer drinkers have an increased risk for bites and subsequently exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses like encephalitis, malaria, and dengue fever. Undue consumption also results in a variety of liver diseases such as alcoholic hepatitis or inflammation, and cirrhosis or scarring of the liver tissues. In fact, alcohol intake is the single most significant contributory factor for the cases of liver diseases in the United States. Beer contains ethanol, too, which when metabolized by the liver produces acetaldehyde. A known carcinogen, acetaldehyde is associated with oral cancer, gastric cancer, and breast cancer.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of mixed drinks and why you should avoid them to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of drinks to avoid as well as consume regularly and moderately on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:
- Non-Caffeinated Teas
- Coconut Milk
- Raw, Grass-Fed Cow or Goat’s Milk
- Sports Drinks
- Smoothies (With Natural Ingredients)
- Arabica Coffee Regular and Decaf
- Caffeinated Tea (includes Green Tea)
- Anti-Oxidant Drinks or Powders
- Rice Milk
- Almond Milk
- Red Wine
- Energy Drinks
- Flavored Waters
- Soy Milk
- Regular Cow’s Milk
- Instant Coffee
- Blended Coffee
- Mixed Drinks
- Hard Alcohol
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