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Guinness stout is going vegetarian and vegan!

Lynn Griffith
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In the United States, beer sales have rose to over $101.5 billion, and craft beer sales have increased to $19.6 billion! (1)

Guinness planning to eliminate use of fish bladder and transition to vegan or vegetarian friendly beer!

Not all beer is vegetarian and vegan friendly.  A popular Irish brewer will be changing the way they are producing Guinness, a popular dark stout, by eliminating the use of fish bladder.  They are planning to swap isinglass, which is a gelatin made from fish bladders that is used to filter yeast particles from the beer.  The company is planning to use an animal-free method by late next year.(2)

While I would not go so far as to consider beer a health food, studies do show that there are health benefits associated with moderate consumption of beer.

Study shows one bottle of beer reduces risk of developing kidney stone by 40 percent!

A Finnish study reports that just one bottle of beer reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent!  Dark beer has been shown to improve digestion and contains 1 gram of fibre for each glass.  Beer can lower bad cholesterol and can increase vitamin B levels.  Beer contains vitamin B1, B2, B6 and B12.  A Dutch study found that beer drinkers have 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 than non-drinkers. (3)

A 2009 study reports that beer is good for increasing bone density, due to elevated silicon levels in beer.  Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid make beer a cure for insomnia and promote sleep.  Moderate consumption of beer reduces risk of heart attack by 40-60 percent! (3)

A study from the University of Montreal reports that two glasses of beer reduces work-related stress and anxiety.  It has also been found that a beer boosts your memory and beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. (3)

Moderate consumption of beer boosts memory, making beer drinkers less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia!

Next time you have the flu, warm beer has been shown to be an excellent cold remedy.  When barley is warmed up, it improves blood circulation and helps you breathe.  It also eases joint pain and boosts immunity. Add some honey to your beer for an extra bit of comfort!  If you are pursuing youthful skin, the vitamins in beer help regenerate skin and improve pigmentation! (3)

If you find yourself arguing about whether to enjoy your favorite cold beer, in moderation, that glass of beer could provide you numerous health benefits.  The importance is knowing how to enjoy beer in moderation, and which beers provide the most health benefits and have the highest quality ingredients.  So do your research and perhaps even try out some gluten-free craft beers!

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.brewersassociation.org
(2) money.cnn.com
(3) anthonymartin.be

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