Nowadays, people become growingly aware of the importance of the food they consume, so they pay special attention to what they eat.
However, this is rarely the case when it comes to drinks, especially alcoholic ones. This is a huge mistake, as it may actually ruin your entire efforts.
The ingredients of food and non- alcoholic drinks are required to be labeled on products, and they are monitored by the FDA, but beer does not belong to this category. T
hus, alcohol industry had lobbied not to list its ingredients, some due to the desire to protect its ingredients, and some to hide them, as they harm the health.
Beer contains numerous dangerous ingredients, including:
- GMO Corn
- GMO Sugars
- GMO Corn Syrup
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Fish Bladder
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Insect-Based Dyes
- Natural Flavors
- Propylene Glycol
- Caramel Coloring
Yet, all beers are different, so you should check the list below, which includes the top 10 worst beers:
Otherwise knows as the “King of Beers”, this one is one of the favorite beers in North America, and it sponsors numerous leagues and athletic events such as the NFL.
Yet, it is made with genetically modified corn (GMO). Since its rise 3 decades ago, Monsanto started to genetically modify corn to resist herbicides without a drop off in crop supply, so GMO corn causes numerous health issues, supports the excessive development of a white blood cell called eosinophil, which in such high amounts attacks the skin, organs, cardiovascular and nervous system.
Pabst Blue Ribbon
It is often referred to as PBR and represents a classic beer. It has been extremely popular for decades, but it is also made with corn syrup and GMO corn.
This beer is imported from England and has a rich color. However, its color indicates the dangerous ingredients it includes. Research found Class 3 and 4 caramel coloring, which is created from a carcinogen, ammonia, and may lead to cancer and foster cancer cells. Consider the fact that alcohol is a carcinogen by itself as well, so this doubles your risk for developing this deadly disease.
Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Samuel Adams Winter Lager is extremely high in calories, with only 5.8% alcohol, but 200 calories a glass. This definitely leads to gut-busting effects, and may affect blood sugar levels. Therefore, you should always consume it moderately.
Michelob Ultra contains GMO dextrose, another GMO sweetener akin to corn syrup, which affects blood sugar and causes various diseases. It is rich in calories, so its consumption seriously affects blood sugar.
Miller Lite is a popular light, refreshing beer, and you surely recognize the slogan “It’s Miller time!” Yet, it involves both GMO corn and corn syrup. It does not contain high amounts of alcohol, so its easiness and its dangerous ingredients are not a beneficial combination. It is still unclear whether Miller Genuine Draft also contains these harmful ingredients.
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale
This glutinous beer contains 330 calories per glass and 9.6% alcohol, so two of it is equal to a meal. Yet, its content of alcohol surely makes drinkers order high amounts of food with it.
It is very famous in North America, due to its skillful marketing and smoothness as a light beer. The marketing strategy of the company is remarkable indeed, regarding the glaciers that change color based on the coldness of the beer, and gives the impression that it is the coldest and freshest beer consumers can have. Yet, it also includes GMO corn syrup as a sweetener.
Corona is one of the most popular drink during the summer, and its commercials are not too aggressive of annoying, which is nice to see on the TV nowadays. Yet, it contains GMO corn syrup, which is derived from GMO corn, and Propylene Glycol, which is a common ingredient in anti-freeze.
This extremely popular stout beer is recognized by its smoothness. Yet, it contains isinglass, an ingredient derived from fish bladders.
Healthy Beer Alternatives
This shows that you need to be careful when it comes to beer, so note that it is important to avoid cheap, low-quality products, as their price is low for a reason.
Moreover, stay away from American beers as they are high in GMOs, and opt for organic beers instead. The labels “100% organic” demand that the product contains 100% organic ingredients, and “organic” label just means 95% of it is organic.
European beer in most cases does not include GMO ingredients, while other brands often include grains, stabilizers, GMO artificial ingredients, preservatives, and HFCS. The following list will be of great help when it comes to choosing the right beer brand:
Non-Organic Beers (Unpasteurized and Unfiltered)
- Royal Oak – Pale Ale
- North Coast – Blue Star
- Shipyard – Summer Brew
- Duck Rabbit – Brown Ale, Amber Ale, Milk Stout, Porter
- Ayinger – all choices
- Victory Brewery – Whirlwind
- Weihenstephaner – Hefe Weissbier
- Fraziskaner – Hefeweisse and Dunkel Weisse
- Bridgeport – IPA (Bottle conditioned)
- Dogfish Head- 60 Minute IPA, Chicory Stout, Shelter Pale Ale,
- Hoegaarden – Belgian Wit
- Maisel’s – Weisse
- Sierra Nevada – all choices
Organic Beers (Unpasteurized and Unfiltered)
- Brooklyn – (organic when ingredients are available)
- Lamar Street – Whole Foods label (brewed by Goose Island)
- Pinkus – all beers
- Dogfish Head (organic when ingredients available)
- Bison – all beers
- Wychwood – Scarecrow Ale
- Fish Brewery Company – Fish Tale Ales
- Wolaver’s – all beers
- Lakefront Brewery – Organic ESB
- Samuel Smiths – Samuel Smiths Organic Ale
- Nelson Organic Ale
- Amstel Light
- Mill Street Brewery
- Fuller’s Organic
- Duchy Original Ale Organic
- Natureland Organic
Moreover, it is also our duty and should be our goal to expose companies which use such harmful ingredients, as they intentionally endanger our health.
They try to hide this truth with false advertising worth millions of dollars, laws, and the like. Yet, your health is your own responsibility, so make sure you give your money to the ones that honestly deserve it.
Articles of this kind expose the harmful ingredients in products, in this case, beer, so it will undoubtedly reduce their production, s companies will eliminate the harmful ingredients they use.