Non-alcoholic beer seems to be an excellent alternative in the case when willy-nilly it is necessary to maintain sobriety. Circumstances can be very different. Someone after a noisy picnic has to get behind the wheel of a car, and you don’t want to get out of the company of friends drinking, someone wears a child under the heart, and during this period taste preferences are so sophisticated that without a sip of intoxicating worldview it is greatly clouded, and I decided to just fight with the approaching alcohol dependence or a growing beer belly. Anyway, the choice falls on non-alcoholic beer – it would seem, and the taste is similar, and the harm to health is either less or not at all. Let’s debunk a few myths about non-alcoholic beer.
Myth number 1, he is the most important. Alcoholic beer is more harmful than non-alcoholic
This is not true. In order to verify this, you need to read the composition of both of them. At best, you will see the same ingredients, and at worst, a violation of the technology for producing non-alcoholic beer forces manufacturers to add flavors and various taste regulators to it, which is not at all beneficial for the body. On the same label of non-alcoholic beer you can see information about the alcohol content in it. The percentage of such will not be equal to zero, non-alcoholic beer contains up to 0.5% alcohol, and this, although smaller, is still the amount.
Nevertheless, in fairness, it should be noted that nonalcoholic beer contains less alcohol than kvass (0.7 – 2.6%) or kefir (up to 0.9%). Such a small amount of alcohol is not dangerous for the body, if you do not get drunk with kvass or kefir in such quantities as it usually happens with beer. Everything is good in moderation, and numerous studies have confirmed that beer in moderation, like high-quality wine, is good for the body, but moderation is not always remembered when a person starts drinking.
Myth number 2. Non-alcoholic beer does not cause alcohol dependence
The destruction of this myth started with the fact that any beer is not so non-alcoholic. And since it still contains the smallest amount of alcohol, it means that it has a certain effect on the body, namely it affects the level of dopamine in the blood. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that activates pleasure centers in the brain. Researchers from the medical faculty of Indiana University in the United States have proved that only the taste of beer stimulates the release of dopamine, and I want to repeat the experience of dizziness and pleasure again and again. The situation with the increasing level of beer alcoholism is also supported by the fact that “non-alcoholic” is preferred by teenagers and people struggling with alcohol dependence. Both those and others are underdeveloped or violated mechanisms responsible for the perception of alcohol. Sensing the taste of the drink and the lightest intoxication, a person has a desire to aggravate the effect, to try already alcoholic beer, and even stronger drinks.
Myth number 3. Non-alcoholic beer does not provoke diseases that can lead to consumption of alcohol equivalent
First of all, delusion concerns diseases of the cardiovascular system. It is believed that moderate doses of alcohol are good for the heart, namely, they reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease in moderately drinking healthy people. But this result is more of an alcoholic beer and a good wine; the consumption of non-alcoholic beer in moderation does not play a significant role in the functioning of the heart. But the abuse of this drink is destructive. You need to know that both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer is quickly absorbed by the body, and a large amount of alcohol you drink provokes varicose veins and expanding the boundaries of the heart.
The impact of non-alcoholic beer on the hormones of its consumer is similar to the consumption of alcohol. And that, and another beer suppresses the production of the male hormone testosterone and provokes the growth of adipose tissue.
The most sensational result of research on the effect of non-alcoholic beer on the body is that it is an anticarcinogen. Japanese scientists conducted an experiment on two groups of mice: one was given simple water, the second was non-alcoholic beer, and both groups were injected with carcinogenic substances. In mice drinking ordinary water, tumors developed more quickly.
Myth number 4. Non-alcoholic beer can be drunk to drivers and pregnant women.
It is possible, but not necessary. The same can be said about ordinary beer. Some doctors agree that a pregnant woman with a great desire is better to afford 0.33 liters of ordinary beer than non-alcoholic beer. It has already been said that it contains alcohol, which means that the effect will be produced, moreover, it can be completely unnatural, and food additives are harmful for the body in their own way. As for drivers, we know a lot of stories when the smell from the driver’s drunk non-alcoholic beer becomes a cause for car inspectors, and the breathalyzer will certainly show the level of alcohol in the blood above zero. The same can happen after a glass of kefir, and after a glass of kvass – take note.