Queensland researchers brew up a hydrating beer
Quenching a hard earned thirst with a big cold beer just got better for you – thanks to the work of some clever Queensland scientists.
Researchers from Griffith University’s health institute have discovered that it is possible to substantially improve the hydrating effects of the amber ale.
By adding electrolytes, an ingredient commonly found in sports drinks, and reducing the alcohol content researchers found that beer could become even more refreshing. And the best news for beer drinkers is that the taste of the modified brews didn’t change.
As part of the study, the researchers modified two commercial beers, one regular strength and one light beer. They then gave them to volunteers who had worked up a sweat after exercise to test fluid recovery.
Associate Professor Ben Desbrow said the light beer which had been combined with electrolytes provided the best level of hydration.
“Of the four different beers the subjects consumed, our augmented light beer was by far the most well retained by the body, meaning it was the most effective at re-hydrating the subjects,” he said.
Professor Desbrow said it was more effective to tell people how to minimise dehydration than telling them not to drink.
I believe it. Especially when it comes to beer drinking after exercise, whether it’s sport or straight-up physical labor.
Still, I wonder if our followers in Oz – or any other major beer drinking culture – would approve?
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