4th of July Cookout? How to Pick an Honest Beer

What’s Really in Your Beer?

There may be more in your beer than you bargained for.

There is a heated battle going on between big corporate beer companies and food bloggers. The food bloggers are petitioning major beer companies to share a list of everything that goes into their beer.

But so far, nearly every beer company is has refused.

It turns out that beer and wine manufacturers are not required to list every ingredient that goes into the beverages they create.

And that means there may be a few nasty surprises lurking in your favorite pint…

A Variety of Toxins Hiding in Your Beer

Some of the approved ingredients that beer manufacturers can add without disclosing them on their labels include:

  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Propylene glycol
  • Calcium disodium EDTA
  • Artificial preservatives
  • High fructose corn syrup … often from genetically modified corn
  • Caramel coloring
  • Food dyes
  • Carrageenan

Unfortunately, each of these potential stowaways can contribute to a number of health problems.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer. In studies, it has been shown to contribute to muscle tightness, fatigue, tingling sensations in the hands and feet, and flushing. It may also cause hormone fluctuations that can disrupt your normal appetite signals.

Propylene glycol is a common ingredient used in anti-freeze. It is on the FDA’s “generally regarded as safe” list, but in some studies, repeated exposure to small amounts of propylene glycol resulted in toxic affects.

Preservatives can aggravate allergies and contribute to asthma… caramel coloring is a well-established carcinogen… food dyes can lead to concentration problems and may also trigger allergies… and carrageenan can cause digestive issues.

So what can you do to protect yourself this summer, as cookout season approaches?

How to Find an Honest Beer

Powerful lobbies are in place. They’re vying to prevent beer companies from being required to list their ingredients. And that makes it difficult to find a healthy option.

Difficult, but not impossible.

When it comes to sketchy ingredients, the biggest corporations tend to be the dodgiest about providing their ingredient lists. That makes it almost a sure bet that they are using ingredients they know you probably don’t want to consume.

A few big beer companies are an exception. Heineken and Sierra Nevada are both fairly up front about their ingredients and don’t use artificial preservatives, stabilizers, or GMO grains.

Another safe bet is to select beer that’s been imported from Germany. The Germans take great pride in their beer. They recently passed a law that requires all German beers to be produced from certain core ingredients including water, hops, yeast, wheat, or malted barley.

If you love a good microbrew or craft beer, I have good news. Small beer companies are usually happy to share their ingredient list with you. And you’ll usually find that those beers are free of the worst offenders.

Don’t assume that a microbrew is automatically a good choice, though. Big beer companies have bought up many microbrews, so you may be buying a big brand beer in disguise.

Beer isn’t all bad though. When it comes to drinking beer, you can actually enjoy a number of health benefits.

  • Beer contains compounds that promote good bone health. In one study, people who drank a beer a day had better bone density than those who abstained.
  • Moderate beer drinking is also associated with better heart health. People who enjoy a daily beer showed a 31% lower risk of heart disease. (Limit yourself to one a day, though. Heart disease risk goes up if you drink more than that.)
  • Beer may also help to control your blood pressure. A large-scale study conducted by Harvard found that regular beer drinkers were less likely to develop hypertension.

If you plan to take advantage of the health benefits that come with enjoying a glass of beer now and again, make sure you choose wisely. Picking a beer that contains a high level of toxic ingredients will likely do your body more harm than good.

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Unless you have a plan …

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