By Jamie Barrie F or as long as I can remember, I have heard that a glass of red wine is good for your heart. But according to a study of 80,000 people by Michael McCullough, an associate professor at California Polytechnic State Universi- ty, independent craft better is better for you. This could not have been better news to an industry that is already booming in Canada and the U.S. right now and gives customers another reason to check out their local tap room or independent craft brewery for the sake of their health. Many studies have linked antioxidants found in red wine to have many health benefits from reduced rates of heart disease and the onset of dementia, but now there is a new “healthy” alcoholic beverage, that many local businesses are more than willing to serve to you.

Well according to McCullough it has more nutrients than red wine, such as niacin (vitamin B3) and brewer’s yeast.

It is very important to point out that McCullough’s study results apply to independent craft beers and not its mac- ro-brewed counterpart because of the different methods of production as independent craft beer is less pasteurized in the brewing process keeping more of the nutrients in the brew and therefore in your belly. McCullough’s study also states that like red wine the key is moderation consumption. So, up to one 355-mL (12-ounce) beer per day for women (and men older than 65); and a maximum of two 355-mL (12-ounce) beers a day for men 65 and younger qualifies. It goes without saying that over con- sumption of either red wine or independent craft beer will cause more health risks and outweigh any potential health benefits associated with moderate consumption.

So, we all know that a glass of red wine is good for you, but how is a glass of craft beer better.

So, drink responsibly and stay healthy.



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