Non-alcoholic beer is becoming increasingly popular in Germany. It is considered healthier than regular beer, as it contains little or no alcohol and therefore has fewer calories. Especially athletes like to fall back after training on the alcohol-free variant. But is non-alcoholic beer really healthy? Read here what you always wanted to know about non-alcoholic beer.
Non-Alcoholic Beer: Few calories
Definitely positive about non-alcoholic beer is that it has relatively few calories. So it brings just half a liter of non-alcoholic Pils to just about 120 kilocalories - that's only about half of a normal beer. In contrast to some soft drinks, non-alcoholic beer performs well: for example, half a liter of apple juice is enough to make 150, half a liter of coke even 215 kilocalories.
You can reduce 120 kilocalories relatively quickly by exercising: for example, a man weighing 80 kilograms burns the calories by jogging for ten minutes. After sports, a non-alcoholic beer for refreshment is quite allowed. However, who wants to lose weight through sports, should rather drink water.
Suitable for athletes
Athletes, however, not only rely on a non-alcoholic beer because of their relatively low calorie content, but also because most varieties are among the isotonic drinks. Isotonic means that the beverage is as concentrated in composition of its salts as the body fluids. As a result, water and mineral losses can be compensated for very quickly after exercise. Often it is noted separately on the beer bottle that it is an isotonic beverage.
Non-alcoholic beer is for athletes but also because of his Maltodextrin content suitable. The carbohydrate mixture ensures that the emptied by the movement glycogen stores are refilled. However, maltodextrin contains less sugar than, for example, a juice spritzer.
Cheap for athletes is also that non-alcoholic beer magnesium contains - this can prevent convulsions. In addition to magnesium are also still potassium and various B vitamins in the barley juice. However, the sodium content for athletes is too low.
Alcohol content zero?
Alcohol-free beer should not contain alcohol by name, but that's not quite true. In many varieties, there is still alcohol - but only in very small quantities: The alcohol content must be at below 0.5 percent lie. Similarly small amounts are produced by fermentation processes in some fruit juices. You can not be drunk by this amount of alcohol.
In other countries, the regulations governing the alcohol content of non-alcoholic beer are stricter: for example, non-alcoholic varieties in the UK may contain a maximum of 0.05 percent alcohol. Also in Germany it is always demanded to provide beer with a low alcohol content not with the note "alcohol-free", but "low-alcohol".
Healthy or unhealthy?
Non-alcoholic beer is in many ways healthier than regular beer: It has fewer calories and the liver is less burdened by the lack of alcohol. In addition, alcohol-free beer should also have a positive effect on the immune system. According to a study, the polyphenols contained in the beer are responsible for this. These are intended to kill viruses and bacteria, intercept free radicals and also have an anti-inflammatory effect.
However, such polyphenols are also found in many other foods - for example in apples, eggplants, onions or blueberries. So you are no excuse to drink gallons of alcohol-free beer. As a general rule, they can now and then approve a non-alcoholic beer. However, you should still cover your fluid needs as much as possible with water.
Non-alcoholic beer in pregnancy
During pregnancy, many women treat themselves to a non-alcoholic beer from time to time. Presumably, this is harmless - but consumption should be kept within limits, because non-alcoholic beer often contains small amounts of alcohol. However, such small amounts can also form in broken fruit juices.
Non-alcoholic beer and gout
For gouty patients, non-alcoholic beer is definitely taboo: it contains just as many purines as normal beer. Since purines can contribute to the triggering of a gout attack, gout patients should generally refrain from beer - whether alcohol-free or not.
Production of non-alcoholic beer
In the production of non-alcoholic beer basically two different methods are distinguished. In the first method, the fermentation process is stopped so early that no alcohol is produced.
In the second method, the beer is initially produced as normal. Subsequently, the alcohol is removed by distillation.