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Alcohol-free beer, how healthy is that really?

  1. Non-alcoholic beer is becoming increasingly popular. It is generally believed to be healthier than regular beer because it contains little or no alcohol and therefore fewer calories. Athletes in particular like to fall back on the alcohol-free variant after training. After all, most non-alcoholic beers are classified as isotonic drinks. Isotonic means that the liquid has the same osmosis content as blood. But is non-alcoholic beer really that healthy?

Alcohol-free beer is low in calories

  1. The positive thing about non-alcoholic beer is that it contains relatively few calories. There is of course a wide variety of non-alcoholic beers, but usually half a liter of non-alcoholic beer contains no more than roughly 120 calories, which is only half of normal beer. Even in comparison with many soft drinks, non-alcoholic beer performs well: half a liter of apple juice, for example, contains 150 and a half liter of cola even 215 calories. The fact is that 120 calories can be broken down relatively quickly through sports training: for example, an 80 kilogram man burns that number of calories after just 10 minutes of intensive jogging. After exercise, an alcohol-free beer is therefore certainly allowed as a refreshment. But fair is fair, if you want to lose weight by exercising, you better drink water.

Loved by athletes

  1. Non-alcoholic beer is an isotonic drink But alcohol-free beer is not only popular with athletes because of the relatively low number of calories. Also because most non-alcoholic beers are classified as isotonic drinks. A drink is called isotonic if, in terms of its composition of its salts, it is as concentrated as our body water. As a result, moisture and minerals can be compensated very quickly after exercise. It is often explicitly stated on the beer bottle that it is an isotonic drink.


  1. Alcohol-free beer is also suitable for athletes because of the maltodextrin content. This carbohydrate mixture ensures that the glycogen stock emptied by stirring is replenished. And it is known that maltodextrin simply contains less sugar than, say, apple juice.

Magnesium, potassium and B vitamins

  1. Another positive for athletes is that alcohol-free beer contains magnesium, which can prevent cramps. And in addition to magnesium, barley juice also contains potassium and various B vitamins. Unfortunately, the sodium content is a bit low for athletes.

Recover faster after training

  1. Alcohol-free beer is especially recommended for endurance sports such as running and cycling. Not only is it an excellent thirst quencher, but it also tastes great after the sweet energy bars and sports drinks that endurance athletes usually consume during their training activities. But perhaps most importantly: non-alcoholic beer allows athletes to recover more quickly from exercise. [! 174047 => 1130 = 6300!] Alcohol percentage not equal to zero

  1. Alcohol-free beer may, if we may believe the name, suggest that it contains no alcohol, but that claim is not always valid. Many types of non-alcoholic beer still contain alcohol, albeit in very small quantities. The alcohol percentage in the Netherlands must be less than 0.1 percent. You can't get drunk with such an amount of alcohol. However, in a number of European countries, the rules regarding the alcohol content of non-alcoholic beer are less strict. For example, non-alcoholic beers in Belgium and Germany may contain 0.5 percent alcohol. There are therefore calls for beers with a low alcohol content no longer to be referred to by the term “alcohol-free” but by the name “low-alcohol”.

How is non-alcoholic beer made?

  1. In principle, two methods can be distinguished in the production of non-alcoholic beer:

How healthy is non-alcoholic beer?

  1. Alcohol-free beer is in many ways healthier than regular beer:

Alcohol-free beer taboo for gout patients

  1. In general, one can occasionally indulge in an alcohol-free beer without any problem. But it is better to cover his moisture needs mainly with water. And for gout patients, non-alcoholic beer is taboo anyway. It contains as many purines as regular beer. Since purines can contribute to the onset of a gout attack, gout patients should avoid drinking beer, whether it is alcohol-free or not.

Alcohol-free beer during pregnancy

  1. During pregnancy, many women allow themselves a glass of non-alcoholic beer from time to time. This is usually harmless, but its consumption should be limited. As mentioned above, there are also foreign brands of non-alcoholic beer for sale on the Dutch market, brands that often contain larger quantities of alcohol.

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