Beer is one of the most popular beverages in the world. Still, it is also the most misunderstood one. Even beer lovers are guilty of citing myths about the calories in dark beer or blaming beer for the ever-increasing diameters of their bellies. If you’re one of them, stop blaming the humble beer and start hitting the gym. Here we are about to bust some of the common misconceptions regarding our favourite drink. Once you read this article you’ll be able to enjoy your stubby guilt-free! Cheers!
Myth 1: Dark Beer is high in alcohol content and calories
Colour has nothing to do with alcohol or calorie content. In dark beers, kilned or roasted malt is used to some extent giving them their dark hue. In contrast, a light or airy looking beer may well have a much stronger percentage of alcohol.
And the claim that dark beers are heavy – much like a meal in a glass – that’s also a myth. The Guinness Draught has 4% alcohol and is very low in calories. An English dark mild is even lighter. You can cross check the alcohol content and calorie count in your favourite dark beer. Surprised huh?
Myth 2: Beer should be served ice-cold
Most of us Aussies insist on this. An ice-cold beer to accompany you on a warm summer afternoon – and life’s bliss. But you’re missing out on the actual flavour. Beer tastes best when served at cellar temperature. Actually, chilled beer is a falsehood that has been perpetuated by macro breweries. When you drink beer ice-cold, your palate gets numbed, thereby reducing the taste and making you drink more. Gotcha!
Myth 3: Beer causes beer belly
Researchers have found that beer consumption is not the correct indicator of weight gain. Well, high intake of any kind of high-calorie diet will contribute to weight gain. So if you find the diameter of your belly increasing, that Big Mac with fries may be more to blame than your occasional pint.
Myth 4: Beer shouldn’t have sediment
Beer is filtered for mass production and appeal. Beer drinkers in some parts of the world consume it along with the sediment. Though this may sound yucky, the sediment makes the beer rich in vitamins.
Myth 5: Old is gold
All beers do not get better with age. Hoppy beers like IPAs are best consumed fresh. Fresh beer is in its purest form and that flavour is what the brewer wanted you to enjoy. Cellaring does change the flavour profile of beers, but whether it can be considered as an ‘improvement’ is debatable.
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