Researchers have crafted a new breed of beer, containing electrolytes like those found in sport drinks, decreasing the risk of dehydration (and hangover) of this popular drink.
Beer, much like any other alcoholic drink, is a natural diuretic, not a good choice to quench your thirst on the summer months or following strenuous exercise. But now, Dr. Ben Desbrow from the Centre for Health Practice Innovation, in Queensland, Australia, is about to change the rules. His research is looking for ways to make beer a healthy choice, by adding electrolytes and reducing alcohol content.
"From our perspective it's about exploring harm minimization approaches that may still allow people to potentially drink beer as a beverage but lower the risks associated with the alcohol consumption - and hopefully improve rehydration potential," explained Dr. Desbrow to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
In their study, participants exercised and lost a significant amount of sweat and were then given two commercial beers, one of regular strength, and one containing electrolytes and reduced alcohol content. Researchers found that the modified light beer was one third more hydrating than normal beer. It was also reported that the taste of the original brews was not affected. Their results were recently published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.