Can Healthy People Drink Beer?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

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Q: Can you toast "to your health" with a beer... and mean it?

Oz Says: Don't feel guilty about unwinding with a cold one. "Healthwise, it's on par with wine," says Jim White, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Like vino, beer in moderation can reduce your heart attack risk, research suggests. (Antioxidant phenols in the drink may be responsible for that.) Plus, beer is made with fermented grains, so it has nutrients like potassium, niacin, and B vitamins. You even get about a gram of protein per serving from beer's malt.

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That said, there are other ways to tap those nutrients and benefits. So if you aren't a beer drinker now, there's no need to start... and if you are, please don't up your intake because "Hey, Dr. Oz says." Stick to one a day, tops.

What's the ideal beer?

I go with a craft ale, because indie brewers tend to be thoughtful about the ingredients they use, and ale has been found to have more antioxidants than other beers. Bonus points if you pick an extra-flavorful brew: You're likelier to feel satisfied after just one.

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Which is better — bottled or canned?

Choose bottled when possible. Beverage cans are often lined with a coating that uses BPA, which could harm your health. Researchers aren't sure if the chemical seeps into beer or not, but why risk it?

Pro Tip: To avoid niagara falls foam, rinse your glass before pouring in beer. "A wet surface ensures a smoother pour," says Zach Mack, co-owner of Alphabet City Beer Co.

This story originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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