Kombucha is all the rage right now, but science has once again thrown a wrench in conventional health wisdom. How so? Well, the next time you want a kombucha, throw it in the garbage and pick up a cold beer.
According to The Telegraph, a new study by professor Eric Classen at Amsterdam University has shown that strong beers can be great for gut health. Classen’s research revealed that strong Belgian beers like Hoegaarden, Westmalle Tripel, and Echt Kriekenbier have a ton gut-healthy probiotics.
So what’s the difference between a strong Belgian beer and a Bud Light? The fermentation. Stronger Belgian’s are often times fermented twice, producing more of same gut-friendly probiotics found in kombucha, kimchi and kefir. Probiotic use has been found to support gut health, immune function and even weight loss.
However, the professor cautions that moderation is the key.
“Those of us who advocate good health know it’s very difficult for people to stop at one… high concentrations is bad for the gut.”
Moderation in moderation, amirite?
The point is, the next time you feel like doing something healthy, drink a strong Belgian beer. It’s good for your gut, good for your health, and with many of them clocking in around 10% ABV, you just might catch yourself a well-deserved buzz.