Beer after sport ‘is good for the body’
Posted by Bob Skilnik on November 6, 2007
Well, first it was beer helping build muscle tone. Now it’s good for fluid retention.
Prof Garzon asked a group of students to do strenuous exercise in temperatures of around 40ºC (104ºF). Half were given a pint of beer, while the others received the same volume of water.
Prof Garzon, who announced the results at a press conference in Granada beneath a banner declaring “Beer, Sport, Health”, said the hydration effect in those who drank beer was “slightly better”.
“[Professor Manuel Garzon, of Granada’s medical faculty] believes the carbon dioxide in beer helps quench the thirst more quickly, while beer’s carbohydrates replace calories lost during physical exertion.
“Based on the studies, the researchers have recommended moderate consumption of beer – 500 ml a day for men or 250 ml for women – as part of an athlete’s diet.”
Juan Antonio Corbalan, a cardiologist who worked formerly with Real Madrid football players and Spain’s national basketball team, said beer had the perfect profile for re-hydration after sport.
He added that he had long recommended barley drinks to professional sportsmen after exercise.
Now no ones’ suggesting slamming down a cold sixer after running a marathon (Moderation, Not Deprivation!), but ole Prof Garzon is not without support.
“If you are dehydrated to start with following exercise, a beer, as opposed to a spirit, probably does not have a high enough concentration of alcohol to induce a diuretic effect,” says Dr James Betts, an expert on nutrition and metabolism at Bath University.
Gotta love them Brits and whoever that pretty young thing is to the right!
And don’t forget “Beer and Building Body Tone!”