Beer, the original Gatorade

beerScience has brought us many life-changing advancements — penicillin, the computer chip and space travel, to name a few.

Now comes science’s greatest achievement of all: proving beer is a better rehydrator than water. A study by researchers at Granada University in Spain found beer was “slightly better” than water at replacing fluids in 25 test subjects. The future Nobel recipients think the sugars, salts and bubbles in beer help the body absorb water, as well as add needed recovery calories.

Sure, I’ve never heard of Granada University, and 25 test subjects (Spanish fraternity brothers, maybe?) sounds like an awfully small sample size. I’m not ready to fill my Nalgenes with Ipswich Ale, but I always knew there had to be a reason cold beer tastes so good after a long hike.

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One Response to Beer, the original Gatorade

  1. Pingback: The latest from the world of beer science « Fat Man of the Mountains

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