Beer In The Olympics
by Deanna  Ancavilla

Hi Bob and Friends!

I bet many of you enjoyed watching the Olympics as much as I did.  It
was great fun and always exciting.  I would never have the nerve to
even stand at the top of those jump hills or rocket down a luge
course but I do like to watch.  I also marveled at the conditioning of
those great athletes.  That got me wondering about their training
regime which in turn got me to write you when I discovered that many
of the athletes, especially the Germans, drink zero alcohol beer to
recover from a race or hard workout.

Johannes Scherr, the doctor for the German Olympic ski team, said
nearly all of his athletes drink nonalcoholic beer during training. And
the brewery Krombacher has supplied 3,500 liters (about 1,000
gallons) of nonalcoholic beer to the athletes’ village so German
athletes can enjoy it during competitions.  It must have worked since
they won a lot of medals.

I did some research and found that German beer companies
originally marketed nonalcoholic beer as the “car driver’s beer” after
it was invented in East Germany in 1973.

Dr. Scherr said he conducted a double-blind study, financed by a
brewing company, in which he gave runners in the 2009 Munich
Marathon nonalcoholic beer every day for three weeks before and
two weeks after the race. These runners suffered significantly less
inflammation and fewer upper respiratory infections after the race
than runners who had been given a placebo.

If nonalcoholic beer helped athletes recover more quickly from
grueling workouts, then he concluded it could allow them to train
harder. Scherr credits the nonalcoholic beer’s salubrious effects to
its high concentration of polyphenols, immune-boosting chemicals
from the plants with which its brewed.

From 2011 to 2016, German consumption of nonalcoholic beer grew
43 percent even as overall beer consumption declined, according to
information I found. New brewing techniques helped to diversify and
improve the flavor, and now there are more than 400 nonalcoholic
beers on the market in Germany.

Germans drink more nonalcoholic beer than any nation, except Iran.

Of course, at the finish line, after months of training, many German
athletes crave something with a kick — which is why Krombacher
also shipped 11,000 liters of regular beer to South Korea.  

I'm not an athlete but you can count me in that group.  

Hope you found my article interesting.

Thank you Bob!

A most interesting article, Deanna. The winter Olympics is one of my
favorite sporting events so I especially enjoyed learning about the role
non-alcoholic beer played in it.  

Many thanks for sharing with us - please write again!

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