Health Watch - Vices: Beer

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about vices that could be hazardous to your health. Drinking to excess is a vice and a health hazard, but is it possible that there could be some health benefits to alcohol use?

Drinking excessively can be bad for your health and your safety, but moderate alcohol use has some benefits. For instance, moderate consumption of red wine has been shown to help improve heart health. Now it looks like beer could help build stronger bones. Researchers in California say the silicon found in beers, particularly pale ales, can help improve bone strength. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a better way to build strong bones is to eat a calcium-rich diet. You’d have to drink far more than the recommended amount of beer to get the amount of silicon that would help – about two liters a day. Moderate beer intake is more like two 12-ounce beers a day for men and one for women. 

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April 2011


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