By Jen Sotolongo
As a vegetarian, it’s not infrequent that you’ll hear me declare that beer is an important part of my diet.
All that yeasty goodness found in my favorite beverage provides me with my B vitamins, which is found mostly in meat and fish. So, I mean, if I want to be healthy, I’ve gotta have my daily pint, right?
It’s a shame that society has associated alcohol as bad for us due to the consequences that result by the few who abuse it because studies have shown alcohol to be beneficial for our health. My belief is that education would alleviate many of the problems associated with alcohol. My parents allowed me to have a glass of beer or wine at the dinner table for as long as I can remember so when I got to college, it wasn’t a big deal. I associated alcohol with food and family and friends, as was one of its original purposes. The fact is, beer originally served the purpose of providing sustenance, water purification, and a means for social gathering.
In addition to vitamin B12, several studies have shown that the fermented beverage, in moderation, is actually beneficial to our health. Aside from helping vegetarians get their B vitamins, beer has also been shown to reduce the risk of a number of health problems, such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.
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This post was written by Jen Sotolongo on July 5, 2012