18 Jan 2009 12:06 UTCSun 18 Jan 2009 - 12:06 pm UTC
My wife occasionally downs a Budweiser NA (non-alcoholic).
I find this curious, since neither of us drink alcohol.
She initially claimed she liked the taste. When pressed, however, she confessed the real reason why she drinks it occasionally (3-4 per week): she had read somewhere that doing so was good for one's skin, one's complexion, which she is perennially concerned about.
I tried to get her to stop this by pointing out that beer was fattening. She said that was only if it had alcohol.
Anyhow, big disagreements going on in my household.
So your task is threefold:
1. Establish--and buttress--the truth or falsity of the skin benefit.
2. If the benefit actually accrues to beer-drinkers, does it still apply when the beer has no alcohol?
3. Is non-alcoholic beer any less fattening than regular beer?
18 Jan 2009 20:20 UTCSun 18 Jan 2009 - 8:20 pm UTC
The only sort-of-legitimate information I came across regarding beer and skin is this puff piece from the "Beer and Health" website:
Live longer with a beer a day
"Beer helps against kidney stones and heart problems, gives you a nice clear skin and is recommended for sports persons....The pantothenic acid and vitamin B complex in beer also makes your skin smooth and supple..."
That's it! I didn't see any other information, one way or another, connecting beer drinking and clear skin. Without any real evidence, it's hard to buttress the case one way or the other. But there's certainly nothing to suggest that drinking beer is hugely beneficial, as there are many other sources of pantothenic acid and B vitamins in an ordinary diet.
However, since it is the nutrients and vitamins in beer that are supposedly good for one's skin, rather than the alcohol content itself, then it seems a safe assumption that non-alcoholic beer or low-alcohol would be just as good as regular beer when it comes to any beneficial effects on the skin.
As for being less fattening....sure! That's why they call it "lite" beer. Alcohol has a high calorie content, so beer with little or no alcohol has fewer calories than regular beer.
You can see from this Budweiser beer nutrition label (regular beer, 5% alcohol):
that it has 145 Calories per 12 oz serving, and that 67.6% (about 2/3) of the calories come from the alcohol content.
By contrast, the same size serving of non-alcoholic (NA) Beer (0.4% alcohol) has less than half the calories -- only 60 Calories per 12 oz serving.
That should tell you what you need know in terms of trying to convince your wife about the merits of one sort of beer or another. But if you need any more information, just let me know by posting a Clarification, and I'm at your service.
18 Jan 2009 20:21 UTCSun 18 Jan 2009 - 8:21 pm UTC
Oops. Here's the link for the NA Beer: