Many health benefits are associated with beer. Among them are reduced risks for heart disease and a stroke. Some other benefits include prevention of osteoporosis, gallstones, type 2 diabetes, and the development of ulcers. Many people also swear by it’s role in digestion, appetite, and the flow of breast milk. However, not everyone agrees. A beer may have different benefits to different people. Nevertheless, many health benefits of beer are well worth exploring.
The process to brew beer is remarkably simple and natural. The basic ingredients are barley, water, hops, and yeast. Yeast is the key ingredient that ferments the sugars from the grains into alcohol and CO2.
Some traditional starch-based beverages have also been classified as beers. For example, several African ethnic beers are made of millet or sorghum. A similar style is brewed in Kyrgyzstan, which calls it “bozo”. The eastern Himalayan regions also make a millet-based beer known as “chhaang” that is semi-fermented and has a low alcohol content. Compared to ale-style beers, lagers have a lower level of hops than their counterparts.