Moderate beer consumption may help fight osteoporosis, suggests a study by the University of California's department of food science and technology.
Dietary silicon is important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It has been known for years that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, but there was little specific information about the levels in various types of beer.
"The factors in brewing that influence silicon levels in beer have not been extensively studied," Prof. Charles Bamforth, the study's lead researcher, said in a statement.
Bamforth and a team of researchers conducted the first major study to determine the relationship between beer production methods and levels of silicon content. The results of the team's examination of 100 types of beer were published in the February issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.
(The team of researchers are also working on a report regarding hangovers..)
The researchers "studied the impact of raw materials and the brewing process on the quantities of silicon that enter wort and beer," Bamforth said.
They found that pale-coloured malt beers have a higher silicon content, while darker products, such as chocolate, roasted barley and black malt brews, all have much lower silicon content.
The report says the reasons for the differences are not yet known, but it pointed out that hops have as much as four times more silicon than is found in malt. Beers such as IPAs tend to use more hops, while wheat beers generally have fewer hops than other brews.
"Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon," says Bamforth. "Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of barley that is rich in this element."
Bamforth discovered the average silicon content of beers sampled was between 6.4 and 56.5 mg per litre. Beer drinkers could expect an average silicon intake of 29.4 mg/L.
There is no specific recommended daily intake of silicon, but nutrition experts say an average daily intake of 20 to 50 mg is considered good.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/02/09/science-beer-bones-silicon.html?ref=rss#ixzz0fKq82LVq
At first, I thought it was the stuff that's favoured by some Hollywood stars. Silicone. Doesn't that stuff get injected into, like, places to increase sizes? However, apparently, it isn't silicone..It's silicon. That's a good thing. Also, I didn't know there is a chocolate beer. If so, where can I find it....
Like most of these studies, I knew this already...I also know that vodka makes me happy and champagne will send me into ecstasy
Haha....good one Doug. I read this article when it came out. Who knew beer could be so good for you??? Uh.....me.....it's my job.
I met Charlie Bamforth at the World Brewing Congress in San Diego in 2004. He gave a presentation on bubbles. Yes, bubbles. He looks and sounds like an eccentric beer professor should....hair unkempt, glasses askew, wry sense of humor......but absolutely brilliant....my kind of mad scientist.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison discovered that highly hopped beers, like pale ales and such, are also good for you. Seems the components in hops act very similarly to the anti-aging components in red wines.
So, my advise as a professional beerman, mix your beer styles, drink not to excess, and always remember the Cardinal Rule: Beer, it's not just for breakfast anymore!!!
Drink beer and live forever!!
I've started cooking with beer - when mixed with onions, dill weed, black pepper and white vinegar, the beer sauce cooked with pork is "outta sight" delicious!
As for being good for me, I have serious doubts. Isn't this sort of like the studies that say coffee is good for you (on Monday) and then you read another study that says it's a killer (on Wednesday)?
Well, I posted this article on February 12th and, so far, haven't read anything that states beer is not good for you, or us, or whoever drinks beer. Of course it's only February13th. Well, Beerman says that beer will let ya live like forever. Since I'm 106 and able to STILL type and remember things......Where was I? Oh, yea, we haven't had any snow here. Have our cross country skis out and can't use them. I discovered they aren't any good on the treadmill. Particularly after seven beers, or so.
Which reminds me......Still trying to locate chocolate beer.
Okay, what if you grease up the treadmill.....then the skis would slide better. Just remember to hold on to the rails.....
Type "chocolate beer" into any search engine......2,458,089 results in less time than it takes to say "chocolate beer".
Some breweries will dissolve powdered chocolate into a beer. Some toss chocolate chunks into the mash prior to kettle boiling and fermentation. Some use what is known as "chocolate malt", a dark roasted malt that imparts subtle chocolate undertones to the malt flavor. Me, I pour a beer into a tall glass, chomp a chunk of chocolate, then drink the beer. Much less expensive.
And Daawgon is absolutely right: cook with beer. Experiment, and if the meal sucks, you can always blame the brewery!!!!
Beef is from cows that are 100% vegetarian = beef is a 100% vegetable by-product.
Fat.... Healthy or harmful? Whales live to be 70+ and they have more fat per kg of body, than any other creature on the planet - yet rarely suffer from heart attacks or dangerously high cholesterol levels.
Alcohol.... Germany drinks less red wine than UK and USA citizens. Germany has less heart attacks than in the UK and USA.
Italians drink more red wine than UK and USA citizens - they also have less heart attacks than in the UK and USA.
Tobacco.... Healthy, or a life threatening habit?
Mexicans smoke more cigarettes than UK and USA citizens, yet there is a much lower lung cancer rate in Mexico, than in the UK or USA.
Just do it.
Rogue Chocolate Stout is available in Oregon:
Ok, so I googled chocolate beer. Should have thought of that. Holy cow, lots of chocolate beer. I will wander over to the local beer store, or travel to Oregon, and get me some beer. Thanks.