Dinner maybe a couple drinks

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We tend to view beer as a guilty pleasure — maybe because we associate all those suds with a beer gut and inevitable weight gain. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans defines moderate alcohol consumption as having one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. While research does show there is room for imbibing as part of a balanced, healthy diet, they also advise not to start drinking if you currently abstain. But if you do keep a six-pack in the fridge, pop one open and say "cheers" to these potential health benefits. Many experts agree that beer is more like a food than a beverage — after all, it is referred to as liquid bread.

If you've ever sipped a pint of Guinness, you know exactly what they mean. The antioxidant content of beer is equivalent to that of wine, but the specific antioxidants are different because the barley and hops used in the production of beer contain flavonoids different from those in the grapes used in the production of wine.

Charlie Bamforth , a professor of brewing sciences at the University of California, Davis, also claims that beer trumps wine when it comes to B vitamins, phosphorus, folate and niacin. Beer also has ificant protein and some fiber. And it is one of a few ificant dietary sources of silicon, which research shows can help prevent osteoporosis.

Preliminary research by Bamforth also suggests that beer may contain prebiotics that feed the good bacteria in our gut. A study published in the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes found that people who drink 3 to 4 times per week were less likely to develop diabetes than those who never drink. And when compared to those who didn't drink beer, men who enjoyed between one and six beers per week had a 21 percent lower risk of diabetes. Wine tends to be the choice on the bar menu associated with a healthy heart. A preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions followed 80, participants for six years and found that moderate drinkers had the slowest decline in high-density lipoprotein HDL , or "good" cholesterol, levels — and in turn, a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Research also shows that of men who have already suffered a heart attack, those that drank beer moderately were 42 percent less likely to die of heart disease. Move over milk — could there be a new bone-building beverage in the fridge? A review published in the International Journal of Endocrinology found that moderate beer consumption increased bone density in men. Another benefit of having silicon on the ingredients list? It helps protect your brain from compounds thought to eventually cause cognitive diseases. Another explanation: Beer is shown to raise good cholesterol which improves blood flow to the brain.

And ordering a few pints may give you a boost at trivia night. According to one study , people with a slight beer buzz solved puzzles faster than their sober counterparts. In fact, alcohol made subjects almost 30 percent more likely to find the unexpected solution. A study published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology found that beer can keep bacteria from forming — and growing — on your teeth.

The researchers tested the effects of beer extracts on the bacteria that form biofilm and promote tooth decay and gum disease, and found that even the weakest extract of beer tested blocked the activity of bacteria. Beer was also one of the best extracts for blocking communication between bacteria, which slows their growth.

Good old Guinness was the beer they used in testing — another reason to channel your inner Irishman at the bar. The researchers compared the anti-inflammatory effect of different hops and found that the consumption of hops in beer form interfered with inflammation causing compounds.

But don't use it as a to binge drink this weekend because heavy alcohol use can negatively impact your health. The jury is still out, but studies suggest that a healthy amount of beer can add years to your life, given that it positively impacts cholesterol levels, lowers your risk of diabetes and strengthens your heart. Want more tips like these? IE 11 is not supported.

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7 science-backed reasons beer may be good for you