Vitamin B? Why beer is good for your health

When it comes to beer, "light" refers to both the percent of alcohol and calories.

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  • Beer offers anywhere from 95 to 360 calories in a 12-ounce serving
  • One to two beers a day is good for your bones
  • Don't overdo it, though

(<strong></strong>)I do likes me a cold beer on a hot summer day, and a fall ball game just isn't the same without an ale in my hand. Fear of the great beer belly has kept suds out of the refrigerators and hands of beer enthusiasts all over the land, but is it possible that one of America's favorite beverages has gotten an undeserved bad rap?

After all, beer is created from just four basic ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast. The result of these ingredients dancing together is alcohol and CO2. That's a combo that goes down easy, and there are so many ways to blend the brew that you're sure to find an ale, stout, lager or amber that is just right for you.

    The dirty deets on beer and your health

      Your doc may have told you that drinking alcohol in moderation is good for your health, but usually wine gets all the cred for the antioxidant benefits. Truth be told, beer and wine contain the same amount of antioxidants. There are some other things you should know:
      • The protein and B-vitamin content of beer is higher than wine. Yeah, going for a brewski after a rousing game of touch football with your work team will help you replenish your protein better than a glass of chardonnay. But here's a buzzkill: Even though beer is a good source of B vitamins, the alcohol in it mostly cancels out those benefits.
      • Beer offers anywhere from 95 to 360 calories in a 12-ounce serving, with the average bottle of beer