Many of us choose what we eat very carefully, or at least dedicate our minimum attention to it. But when it comes to drinks, especially alcoholic beverages, we do little to make the best decisions for our health, which is a HUGE mistake. All the work for your body can be ruined in a weekend out.
While foods and non alcoholic beverages are required to list their ingredients and are monitored by the FDA, beer does not belong in either. Alcohol industry had lobbied for years to avoid labeling its ingredients. Some to protect its recipes, but most – to hide harmful ingredients.
Here’s a list of some harmful ingredients that are commonly found in beer:
Pabst Blue Ribbon
It is often referred to as PBR and represents a classic beer. It has been extremely popular for decades, but it is also made with corn syrup and GMO corn.
Otherwise knows as the “King of Beers”, this one is one of the favorite beers in North America, and it sponsors numerous leagues and athletic events such as the NFL.
Yet, it is made with genetically modified corn (GMO). Since its rise 3 decades ago, Monsanto started to genetically modify corn to resist herbicides without a drop off in crop supply, so GMO corn causes numerous health issues, supports the excessive development of a white blood cell called eosinophil, which in such high amounts attacks the skin, organs, cardiovascular and nervous system.
Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Samuel Adams Winter Lager is extremely high in calories, with only 5.8% alcohol, but 200 calories a glass. This definitely leads to gut-busting effects, and may affect blood sugar levels. Therefore, you should always consume it moderately.
This beer is imported from England and has a rich color. However, its color indicates the dangerous ingredients it includes. Research found Class 3 and 4 caramel coloring, which is created from a carcinogen, ammonia, and may lead to cancer and foster cancer cells. Consider the fact that alcohol is a carcinogen by itself as well, so this doubles your risk for developing this deadly disease.
Miller Lite is a popular light, refreshing beer, and you surely recognize the slogan “It’s Miller time!” Yet, it involves both GMO corn and corn syrup. It does not contain high amounts of alcohol, so its easiness and its dangerous ingredients are not a beneficial combination. It is still unclear whether Miller Genuine Draft also contains these harmful ingredients.
Michelob Ultra contains GMO dextrose, another GMO sweetener akin to corn syrup, which affects blood sugar and causes various diseases. It is rich in calories, so its consumption seriously affects blood sugar.
It is very famous in North America, due to its skillful marketing and smoothness as a light beer. The marketing strategy of the company is remarkable indeed, regarding the glaciers that change color based on the coldness of the beer, and gives the impression that it is the coldest and freshest beer consumers can have. Yet, it also includes GMO corn syrup as a sweetener.
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale
This glutinous beer contains 330 calories per glass and 9.6% alcohol, so two of it is equal to a meal. Yet, its content of alcohol surely makes drinkers order high amounts of food with it.
This extremely popular stout beer is recognized by its smoothness. Yet, it contains isinglass, an ingredient derived from fish bladders.
Corona is one of the most popular drink during the summer, and its commercials are not too aggressive of annoying, which is nice to see on the TV nowadays. Yet, it contains GMO corn syrup, which is derived from GMO corn, and Propylene Glycol, which is a common ingredient in anti-freeze.
Healthy Beer Alternatives
This shows that you need to be careful when it comes to beer, so note that it is important to avoid cheap, low-quality products, as their price is low for a reason.
Moreover, stay away from American beers as they are high in GMOs, and opt for organic beers instead. The labels “100% organic” demand that the product contains 100% organic ingredients, and “organic” label just means 95% of it is organic.
European beer in most cases does not include GMO ingredients, while other brands often include grains, stabilizers, GMO artificial ingredients, preservatives, and HFCS. The following list will be of great help when it comes to choosing the right beer brand:
Non-Organic Beers (Unpasteurized and Unfiltered)
- North Coast – Blue Star
- Royal Oak – Pale Ale
- Duck Rabbit – Brown Ale, Amber Ale, Milk Stout, Porter
- Shipyard – Summer Brew
- Victory Brewery – Whirlwind
- Ayinger – all choices
- Fraziskaner – Hefeweisse and Dunkel Weisse
- Weihenstephaner – Hefe Weissbier
- Dogfish Head- 60 Minute IPA, Chicory Stout, Shelter Pale Ale,
- Bridgeport – IPA (Bottle conditioned)
- Maisel’s – Weisse
- Hoegaarden – Belgian Wit
- Sierra Nevada – all choices
Organic Beers (Unpasteurized and Unfiltered)
- Lamar Street – Whole Foods label (brewed by Goose Island)
- Brooklyn – (organic when ingredients are available)
- Dogfish Head (organic when ingredients available)
- Pinkus – all beers
- Wychwood – Scarecrow Ale
- Bison – all beers
- Wolaver’s – all beers
- Fish Brewery Company – Fish Tale Ales
- Samuel Smiths – Samuel Smiths Organic Ale
- Lakefront Brewery – Organic ESB
- Amstel Light
- Nelson Organic Ale
- Mill Street Brewery
- Fuller’s Organic
- Natureland Organic
- Duchy Original Ale Organic
Moreover, it is also our duty and should be our goal to expose companies which use such harmful ingredients, as they intentionally endanger our health.
They try to hide this truth with false advertising worth millions of dollars, laws, and the like. Yet, your health is your own responsibility, so make sure you give your money to the ones that honestly deserve it.
Articles of this kind expose the harmful ingredients in products, in this case, beer, so it will undoubtedly reduce their production, s companies will eliminate the harmful ingredients they use.