28 Jun '14, 1am

Study reports on the effects of water & sports drink vs. beer for post-exercise hydration

Beer has transformed into a drink with increasing social respect. Craft brew pubs are popping up in nearly every city and it is often easy to follow the old adage, “When in town, drink the local beer.” Beer tastings and festivals seem to rival wine tastings in popularity. Pairings with foods other than burgers and brats have become commonplace and chocolate companies sport beer pairings right alongside those for wine. How does beer stack up for runners? Beer has no fat, a small amount of protein and electrolyte, some carbohydrate, a lot of water, and of course, alcohol. A study presented in abstract form at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine showed water and sports drink to be superior replacement fluids compared to beer alone in terms of final post-exercise hydration. I think we all knew that and most who are versed in fluid replacement sug...

Full article: http://www.runnersworldonline.com.au/beer-impact-recovery/

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