|Beer Best for Kidneys
A scientific team led by Dr. Elke
Schaeffner Charite of the Clinic for Renal
Medicine evaluated the American
Physicians Health Study containing data
on the health of 11 000 American
doctors. They discovered that men who
drank seven units of alcohol per week had
a keratinin value 30 percent lower than
the teetotalers. Keratinin is the
measurement factor for healthy
kidneys. In all the categories studied
moderate drinkers had the least risk of
suffering from renal disorders.
This finding further supports the National
Health Institute in Helsinki conclusion that
one bottle of beer a day reduces the risk
of kidney stones by 40 %. An extensive
research study made by the U.S.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism also reached a similar
conclusion. They showed that moderate
consumption of alcohol, especially beer,
was a key factor in lowering the risk of
having kidney stones.
In more health news, researchers at the
Texas Southwestern Medical Center also
reported that moderate amounts beer
drinkers have a 30-40% lower rate of
coronary heart disease compared to those
who don't drink. Beer contains a similar
amount of polyphenols (antioxidants) as
red wine and 4-5 times as many
polyphenols as white wine.
Is beer the basis for civilization?
Some archaeologists have said that there is a possibility that beer may have helped lead to
the rise of civilization. Their argument is that Stone Age farmers were domesticating cereals
not so much to fill their stomachs but to lighten their heads, by turning the grains into beer.
Signs that people went to great lengths to obtain grains despite the hard work needed to make
them edible, plus the knowledge that feasts were important community-building gatherings,
support the idea that cereal grains were being turned into beer, said archaeologist Brian
Hayden at Simon Fraser University in Canada.
"Beer is sacred stuff in most traditional societies," Hayden said. "There are sites in Syria
that suggest people traveled unusual lengths to procure cereal grains - up to 40 to 60 miles.
One might speculate that the labor associated with grains could have made them attractive in
feasts in which guests would be offered foods that were difficult or expensive to prepare, and
beer could have been a key reason to procure the grains used to make them. "
"It's not that drinking and brewing by itself helped start cultivation, it's this context of feasts
that links beer and the emergence of complex societies".
|Will Coffee Stout Be Banned?
New York State has banned the sale of “Four Loko”, a so-
called alcoholic-energy drink. The Food and Drug
Administration will shortly do the same. Four Loko is a
beverage that is 12% ABV (alcohol by volume) and has the
same amount of caffeine as two cups of coffee. It is
artificially flavored and colored and is sold in 24 ounce cans.
It comes in eight flavors, retails for around $3.
The drink is popular among students mainly because one can
equals 5.6 standard drinks. It contains 2.88 ounces of pure
ethanol as compared to a1/2 of pure alcohol in a light beer.
Dennis Rosen, head of New York’s State Liquor Authority
said “we’re not just going to let you walk into a
store and buy dynamite.”
The FDA agrees. They have released the preliminary
wording of a proposed ban which reaches well beyond the
youthful consumers of Four Loko. The FDA ban would
include all beverages that contain alcohol and caffeine. Sorry
craft beer drinkers but that would mean no more Southern
Tier’s Jah-va Imperial Coffee Stout, Long Trials' Coffee
Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout,
Wolaver's Coffee Porter, and many, many other such brews.
This shotgun approach to legislation penalizes the responsible
craft beer drinkers and also ignores the fact that the
offending ingredients are easily available for the Four Loko
target auidence to make their own homemade "Loko" clone
or simply order a Red Bull and their favorite liquor at the bar.
The FDA's banning of all caffeine in alcoholic beverages, will
limit brewers' production of beers that are concerned with
complex flavors discerning adults. We hope the FDA will
reconsider. And if not, stock up now while you can!