Drinking 'Strong Beer' Is Just As Good for Your Gut As Taking Probiotics, Study Finds

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,893) Aug 23, 1996 California
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  2. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Aspirant (223) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    "When consumed in moderation" knew there had to be a catch...
  3. DEdesings57

    DEdesings57 Zealot (543) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey

    Damn it!
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  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,251) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    This article is a bit strangely worded via ‘Strong Beer’. Most people will read ‘Strong Beer’ and think it refers to beers with higher ABV values (e.g., Barleywines, Imperial Stouts, etc.). What is really in play here are bottled conditioned beer since they have live yeast within the bottle (this live yeast re-fermented the beer in the bottle, hence bottle conditioned). The brewers yeast is apparently a probiotic.

    From the article:

    “Classen concluded that "if you drink just one of these [probiotic rich] beers every day it would be very good for you.”

    Just don’t go too far the other way as excessive drinking can damage the healthy bacteria in your gut.”

    I am not a microbiologist so I do not have full understanding what “damage the healthy bacteria in your gut” genuinely means. My guess is that if you drink too many bottle conditioned beers it may alter the balance of the microorganisms that reside within the gut?

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  5. Crusader

    Crusader Aspirant (291) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    My understanding is that the alcohol is the culprit here, too much of it and the gut bacteria suffers.
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  6. DEdesings57

    DEdesings57 Zealot (543) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey

    I think your both right
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  7. BenHoppy

    BenHoppy Zealot (597) Nov 15, 2017 Michigan

    Interesting read as it's the 1st I heard beer can replenish the good bacteria in your gut. However it seems to be that only fermented beer which has bacteria in it can do so, so that makes sense. But my understanding has always been beer eats your good bacteria and is what causes beer bellies but eating yogurt can bring back the good bacteria but now maybe I should dump all that yogurt and drink a fermented beer instead.
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  8. MoreBeer4me

    MoreBeer4me Disciple (300) Aug 25, 2014 New Jersey

    Moderation? Then I'm all good as I always consume my 8 beers a day at a moderate rate.