Health Watch - Drinks: Beer

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about how what you drink can affect your health. When it comes to beverages that are good for you, beer probably doesn’t come to mind, but there may be some health benefit from beer.

Researchers in California recently reported that drinking beer could help build stronger bones. Beer contains silicon, which contributes to strong bones. Pale ales are richest in silicon. But that doesn’t mean that drinking a beer makes your bones strong. You’d have to drink about four beers a day to get the recommended amount of silicon, and the recommended moderate consumption is no more than two beers a day for men and one for women.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a better way to get strong bones is with a nutritious diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, along with regular exercise.

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May 2010


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