Feb 9th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
Beer is rich in a nutrient know to increase bone mineral density.
Barley and hops
, ingredients in most beers, contain dietary silicon, which helps to strengthen bones. However, it has long been unclear if enough of the beneficial nutrient survives the brewing process. A new study from the University of California, Davis,
concludes that plenty of the nutrient makes it through malting, and that dietary silicon is particularly prevalent in lighter-hued (less cooked) beers
In fact, beer turns out to be one of the major sources of silicon in the Western diet. This finding has led some scientists to suggest moderate beer consumption could be useful
in the fight against osteoporosis.
Does this mean Anheuser-Busch
is going to start marketing Bud Light to middle-aged women? Those could be some pretty interesting ads.