Beer is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting starches. It is the third most popular drink after water and tea.
Beer is typically between 4% and 6% alcohol, but varieties exist with less than 1% alcohol, others go as high as 20%.
Beer has been brewed since well before recorded history.
For those who have a gluten allergy or celiac disease, most beer is problematic. There is now a growing trend for an alternative market in gluten free beer. Instead of cereal grains, these beers more often use pseudograins such as buckwheat, millet and sorghum, or other starch sources such as cassava, potato and agave.
Beer And Health
Like any alcoholic beverage, beer must be taken in moderation.
Beer consumption has been associates with a reduction of stress, cardiac disease and stroke.
Over consumption can lead to alcoholism, liver damage and other health problems.
Beer is generally nutritious. It is an excellent source of magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, and B vitamins.
A 2005 Japanese study found that low alcohol beer may possess strong anti-cancer properties.
- Wikipedia on Beer