New research suggests beer may improve gut health.

A cold beer says "leisure" on the golf course, apr├Ęs ski, at the ballgame, or at a picnic. A new study suggests that drinking ale, stout, sour, lager, shandy, or porter may be good for your body.

Previous research linked fermented foods (kimchi, kombucha, yoghurt, tempeh) to better gut health. Beer, a fermented malted barley extract, was used in this study. Beer's polyphenols may affect gut bacteria.

This study found

At the beginning and end of the monthlong study, the men gave stool samples for gut bacteria analysis.

This study found

Both groups had more faecal alkaline phosphatase, an indicator of better intestinal function, and a more diverse microbiome, a sign of better gut health.

This study found

Research shows that what you eat for the remaining 23 hours of the day should be your primary concern, and this is also supported by EatingWell dietitians and researchers alike.

The Bottom Line

Good for them if they serve beer or NA beer every now and then. The good bacteria in your gut may be increasing in your system just a tad.

The Bottom Line

However, excessive drinking is far more harmful to your health than beneficial.

The Bottom Line

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