Is this the best reason to drink beer?
A team of researchers have managed to produce a beer that also contains probiotics.
Their claim is that the brew will not only improve your immunity but assist your gut health. A large claim that is yet to be fully proven.
Probiotics are found mostly in dairy products such as yoghurt. If the beer was found to contain the probiotics it claims to have, it would be a game changer. Usually, beer contains hop acids, an acid that kills or at least limits any surviving probiotics.
Which is why the researchers from the National University of Singapore accepted the challenge. And to their credit, they developed a sour tasting beer that wouldn’t kill off the Lactobacillus paracasei L26 probiotic strain.
This strain which is already housed in our gut has been found to help build and regulate the immune system. The developer, Chan Mei Zhi Alcine explains:
For this beer, we used a lactic acid bacterium as a probiotic microorganism It will utilise sugars present in the wort to produce sour-tasting lactic acid, resulting in a beer with sharp and tart flavours. The final product, which takes around a month to brew, has an alcohol content of about 3.5 percent.
Probiotics are prescribed for those taking heavy antibiotics to restore the gut’s natural flora. Whether or not probiotics regulate or boost a person’s immune system is yet to be proven.
Beer is loved worldwide, and now there's a chance it may be good for you too.