Beer: The New Sports Drink?

by | March 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM | Drink, Health

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Canadian firm preps post-workout ale. 

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Are beer cans the new water bottles? A Canadian company is hoping so. Vampt’s Lean Machine “recovery ale” is reportedly full of nutrients, electrolytes, and protein—and it’s got just 77 calories.

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For those hoping to get buzzed after their workout, however, a warning: It’s also only 0.5% alcohol. Experts tell NPR the idea could work. Beer’s derivation from plants means it offers nutrients sports drinks don’t, says sports nutritionist Ben Desbrow. Meanwhile, a recent study showed that tinkering with beer’s chemical makeup can lessen the dehydration associated with it.

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Another study suggested a link between nonalcoholic beer and better immune health. “A properly formulated beer beverage is likely to do you no more harm than you are likely to get from a sports drink,” Desbrow says. “In fact, it probably is likely to do you more good, because it’s got a lot of these sort of natural compounds … that are actually good for your health.”

At Jezebel, Erin Gloria Ryan notes that after many long races, beer is offered alongside the water and bananas. Interested?

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Lean Machine is currently being taste-tested, and Vampt is looking to start selling it this year.

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