Friday, 13 July 2007

Beer can be good for you

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Looking for an excuse to order a beer with dinner or knock one back while watching old seasons of The Sopranos and trying to figure out exactly what happened to Tony? (Or am I the only one doing that?) Go ahead...beer -- in moderation -- is good for you. Just how good? Consider this:
  • Beer can protect your cardiovascular health by reducing the risk of stroke and raising good cholesterol.
  • One beer a day in elderly people promoted blood vessel dilation, and improved urination and sleep.
  • Beer contains polyphenols, which are linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer (though you can get polyphenols in other foods).
  • In one study, beer prevented cataracts in mice.
The problem many people have with beer is that they drink too much. Not only does this negate all the positive health benefits, it can also cause you to put on weight. One beer a day, for some people two, is enough.

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