Health Watch - Father's Day: Beer Benefits

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about health issues for the men in our lives, in recognition of Father’s Day. There are a lot of things for men to worry about, but there may be some good news for dads – there could be health benefits to drinking beer.

Findings reported last year by researchers in California suggested that silicon found in beer could help build stronger bones. But Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that’s probably not the best way to build bones. Your best bet is to eat a diet including foods rich in calcium and vitamin D and to exercise regularly. Pale-colored beers loaded with malted barley and hops have the highest silicon content, but you’d have to drink about two liters to get the average daily intake of silicon. Moderate consumption for men is about two 12-ounce beers in a day. Still, while beer isn’t a health food and should be enjoyed in moderation, it does have some bone-building properties.  

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June 2011

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