5 Better for your body beers

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The beverage of choice for many bar patrons and partygoers, beer doesn’t really have a reputation for being a health product. As is true for many things, moderation is key. But did you know that some beers are actually better for you than others? Below, we’ll take a look at five brews that stand out as healthier choices behind the bar.

  1. Yuengling Light Lager. This Pennsylvania brewery, which is one of the oldest in America, is known for their lager. At 99 calories, this lighter version captures the full flavor of the classic version while excluding the calories. If you want a beer that tastes like a classic, sip this one.
  1. Michelob Ultra. The original low-carb beer, Ultra sports a tiny 95 calorie count per 12-ounce serving. While it’s not known as a world-beater in terms of flavor, it’s hard to discount its nutrition facts, especially when a serving has 2.6 grams of carbs alongside a 4.2% ABV (alcohol by volume). A good choice if you’re planning on a night of drinking, these suds might be as close as you can get to a guilt-free option.
  1. Corona Light. An import from Mexico, this is another light variation on a beloved full-calorie brew. This pale golden beer is best accompanied by a citrus wedge, particularly lime, squeezed down into the bottle. This combination is great when paired with spicy tacos or other robustly flavored Mexican fare. Often found at barbecues and on the beach, Corona Light seems to be the light beer most closely associated with the warmer months. At 109 calories, try this one out if you’re keen on keeping your beach body.
  1. Guinness Draught. You read that correctly– this is the full calorie Irish stout. You don’t always need to go with beers that have “light” in their name to have a beer that’s better for you. Don’t let the dark color fool you: At 126 calories, Guinness won’t wreck your diet plans and is rich enough in flavor to satisfy. While it’s enjoyable year-round, this beer is most at home inside a cozy bar as the snow falls outside.
  1. Brooklyn ½ Ale. Smaller breweries making craft beers have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, as a response to the lack of unique flavor profiles provided by the bigger beverage conglomerates. Oftentimes, these beers come with a hefty calorie count. Not so with this farmhouse ale from Brooklyn. Its hoppy and refreshing taste is what you would expect from a craft brewery, but at a trivial 102 calories, it likely won’t show on your waistline. With only 3.4% ABV, you could spend an afternoon sipping on these.

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  • July 25th, 2016
  • Posted in: AVA