Barley hops, yeast and … fish bladders |

Barley hops, yeast and … fish bladders

Steve Wells
Personal Trainer and co-owner of Midland Fitness
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Beer is not healthy. There is no spot for alcohol in a healthy diet. They say that wine is a little healthier because it has antioxidants; sure it does.

Drinking in moderation to improve spirits is a noble intention that only occasionally actually happens — because moderation is boring. Since we usually drink too much, it becomes a big factor in your overall calorie intake. Yes, calories in and calories out is a simple, bottom line for weight loss. However, I will always argue that the composition of food and beverages matters more than just how many calories it contains.

I can’t help but consider the ingredients of my second favorite beverage only to be disappointed that they were not listed on the package. This goes against my inquisitive nature. Why is alcohol the exception to listing ingredients? I recommend not pursuing the answer to that question and just be aware of what is actually in the foods and beverages you enjoy so you can “Make good choices.”

Not to wreck your brew-ha-ha, but here is a list of stuff that’s in most beers:

GMO (genetically modified organism) corn syrup, GMO corn, high fructose corn syrup, fish bladders (yes, fish bladders!), propylene glycol, monosodium glutamate (MSG), natural flavors (by “natural” they mean anything not from another planet), GMO sugars, caramel coloring, insect-based dyes, carrageenan, BPA and other stuff that’s not barley, hops, water or yeast.

I really wanted to believe that it was just “pure rocky mountain water” and “the finest ingredients available” in my beer because I’m a sucker for good poetry.

If you like to drink beer, drink “healthy beer.” Yes, it exists. Finally you have another reason to enjoy beer! I recommend you choose beer with the least amount of junk-chemical-fish bladder in it. It tastes better and you experience a much less intense hang-over. Therefore you can enjoy more of them because now you know that quality trumps calories. Better yet, start a new hobby and make your own beer. Get on the Midland Fitness facebook page to get a complete list of healthy beers. Enjoy!

Disclaimer* The author is not sponsored by any of the ‘beer providers’ on the list, but is not opposed to the idea.

Steve Wells is a personal trainer and co-owner of Midland Fitness. His column appears on Tuesdays.

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