Ah beer, nectar of the gods, punisher of my waistline – I love you and hate you both at the same time… I might love you more if you didn’t leave me with a pounding head full of regrets quite so often – which makes an area of research that has just been performed at Australia’s Griffith University good news for both of us.
The problem with beer, as any serious beer drinker knows all too well is that it simultaneously dehydrates you and makes you feel bloated. You need water when you are drinking beer, but who wants to drink water when they are full of beer? Researchers at Griffith University’s health institute figured out a novel solution to this age-old conundrum. By adding electrolytes to beer, they were able to create a modified brew that tasted the same but that was free of the dehydrating effect. The research team tried their hand at modifying a regular strength commercial brew and a light beer; the latter was found to be better for rehydrating sweaty researchers. With its higher alcohol content, regular strength beer did not offer the same level of hydration – but presumably still had some benefits.
What we need now is for the aforementioned beer-friendly electrolytes to be packaged in conveniently-sized sachets so that they can be taken out for a night on the town. Personally, hydration potential is not enough to convince me to drink light beer, but a less dehydrating full-strength beer sounds like a fantastic idea. [via SMH]