Established in 1810 to celebrate prince Ludwig and Princess Therese’s marriage in Bavaria, Oktoberfest has gone from a local wedding party to global excuse to drink your face off. With beer flowing like Niagara Falls at fairgrounds, restaurants and even house parties, it’s hard to not get wrapped up in it one way or another.
Who can deny that a beer, a pretzel, and lederhosen are great fun?
Well, before you drink yourself into oblivion this month, you may want to know the pros and cons of our favorite Autumnal alcoholic beverage.
- Beer is fat free
- Beer is a low sugar beverage (not like that margarita you’ve been eyeballing)
- Beer has no cholesterol
- Since beer contains malted barley, it is a source of soluble fiber, aiding in healthy bowel function and slowing digestion and absorption of food. You may be surprised to know that a liter of beer contains an average of 20% of the recommended daily intake of fiber while some can provide up to 60%!
- Moderate consumption of beer has been shown to reduce stress and the chances of heart disease. I repeat, moderate!
- Who needs a multivitamin? Beer contains significant amounts of magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, and is chock full of B vitamins.
Yay!!! Ok, don’t get to excited because her come the cons.
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