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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Beer Quiz 12/4/11

During the week of November 21 – 25 Dr. Oz recommended a specific type of beer to reduce beer gut. Which beer did Dr. Oz recommend?

A. Light beer
B. Dark beer
C. European beer
D. Reduced calorie beer

Answer: B. Dark Beer

Your Answers:
A. Light beer - 9%
B. Dark beer - 72%
    C. European beer - 9%
    D. Reduced calorie beer - 9%

Everyone was on their beer game this week! Nice job!

[Sorry for the day delay in the quiz. We had a house full of guests yesterday, lots of fun, which precluded me from getting to the computer to write up the quiz. Note to self: it's prudent to perpare a little further in advance during the holidays!]
During a segment of this episode, Dr. Oz talked about three ways to bust the beer gut. Naturally beer came up in the discussion. Which is the healthiest beer, dark or light beer? Is there a healthy beer?

Dr. Oz stated that dark beers have a higher antioxidant value and play a role in inflammation modulation. Dark brews also have lower calories, he said

Well, dark beers haven't cornered the market in the lower calorie designation, but many low-calorie beers are dark brews but many light beers are also lower in calories. The choices in the multiple-choice quiz were simply general terms, with the first two being used only to fit with those used on the show. What does dark and light beers mean?

By Kellan Bartosch 11/18/10
Take a gander and Kellan Bartosch's article on published a year ago, and you'll see that the question between dark and light beer can be the words designating one as an amateur beer drinker.

That's me. I'm not a big fan of beer and I haven't had a beer in ages. I appreciate wine and whiskey, occasionally vodka and an Irish Coffee in the winter is marvelous. Honestly I don't know much about beer but I've learned quite a bit today.

Light and dark can be used to describe the taste, the color, calories (in general), lager or ale. The terms, for most, are dependent on you. For Dr. Oz, the terms, in this case, were an indication of color. While he is correct that many dark color beers are low in calories, there are many light color beers that are also low in calories without sacrificing flavor, which many low-calorie labeled beers are criticized to do.

The lesson: you cannot judge a beer's calorie content solely by it's color.

Let's be honest here. Drinking beer is probably not the only cause for the old beer gut. Beer can be the calorie gateway to gluttony. The difference between how many inches hang over the belt and how many abs are visible above the belt can, yes, be attributed to the number of beers in a day. Yet, if you think about it, a person who drinks more than one beer in a sitting or a day may also be reaching for more processed foods with fat and sugar than they reach for whole grains and vegetables.

Men's Health, the Beer Advocate and Esquire all have great reviews of what are considered the healthiest beers on their websites. Each are good reads and you may get a few ideas for stocking stuffers for the beer drinkers on your holiday list. Both light and dark color beers appear on each list and one of the lowest calorie beers I saw, coming in at 96, was light in color.

Drinking a beer a day may be as healthy for you as drinking a glass of wine per day, if you keep both beverages to one a day. There's a beer to be found on these lists that will appeal to just about any level of beer savvy or anit-beer mind-set. Some of the descriptions even appealed to me. There's a kombucha tea based beer and berry based beers, and the grape juice beer sounds like it's right up my flavor alley.

In the Men's Health article, Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a researcher at the University of Scranton, was quoted as saying, "The antioxidants in beer are better at reacting with toxic free radicals than the ones in antioxidant vitamin pills."

The Esquire article even says, “Most American ales and lagers contain fewer calories than an equal-size serving of orange juice or two-percent milk.” That's a surprise.

With flavor choices from citrus, pomegranates, green tea, ginger, hemp seeds, spruce needles and oysters, there's something for everyone. Cheers!

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