For the past several years, the brewers have been noticing that the demand for non-alcoholic beer is increasing as the traditional beer market shrinks. According to one survey, the usage of non-alcoholic beer in the entire European beer market in 2014 was only 0.73%, and now the result is 8.26%. However, with the rapid growth of non-alcoholic beer, the natural question is, does the non-alcoholic beer really could be a better choice for our body than the traditional beer that contains some alcohol? The dietitians do not have an unambiguous answer. One thing is for sure: both beers should be consumed with some care, and drinking pure water is the most beneficial way for your health.
The Effect Is Similar
We are not talking about getting drunk which is caused by the alcohol as a chemical substance. However, the impact on health is similar of both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beers. The issue of debate is whether alcohol or polyphenolic substances have a negative effect on the cardiovascular system. Recent research shows that substances in non-alcoholic beer have those properties, but any better ones are still difficult to answer. A nutritionist cannot tell whether a moderate amount of alcoholic or bigger amount of non-alcoholic beer would be better. According to her, it is better to avoid any beer in general, but if you already are choosing one of these two types, there is no bigger difference as neither of them has a positive effect on your health.
Sugar or Alcohol: Which Evil Is Scarier?
The calorific value of ordinary beer in 100 ml is about 30 kcal, the calorific value of non-alcoholic beer is almost the same. The calorific value of regular beer is slightly higher due to the concentration of the alcohol itself, while the calorific value of non-alcoholic beer consists of carbohydrates. Those carbohydrates are glucose-fructose syrup used in the manufacturing process. 100 ml of non-alcoholic beer contains 5.5 g of carbohydrates, of which 2.2 g are sugar, while almost half less sugar is found in ordinary beer. If you do not exceed the required sugar levels per day, a glass of non-alcoholic beer would not be harmful, but if your diet is already high in carbohydrates, then it is better to choose alcoholic beer when circumstances allow it. However, excess alcohol promotes fat oxidation, the formation of belly fat and at the same time stimulates appetite, resulting in higher calorie intake and increased risk of being overweight.
Non-alcoholic Beer and Pregnant Women
Especially with the popularity of non-alcoholic beer, in the outdoor cafes on a hot summer day you can see the future mother already stroking her round belly and holding a glass of non-alcoholic beer in her hands. But is it advisable to drink non-alcoholic beer for pregnant women? There is evidence that non-alcoholic beer stimulates prolactin secretion, at the same time it might improve the milk production, and has antioxidant properties, but more research is needed, and doctors cannot recommend drinking it daily for breastfeeding mothers. However, instead of a non-alcoholic beer, the is recommended to drink water flavored with mint leaves or natural cold tea on a hot summer day for the future moms.