Science says: Beer hydrates better than water!

Is there nothing the Spaniards can’t do!?!  Following their World Cup win and the news that Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz married, Spanish researchers at Granada University have released results from a study that will forever change the world, or at least my world.

Have you been working out?  Been out mowing the lawn or did you just return from a brisk run?  Don’t reach for that H20 my friend because it will not hydrate you as well as that brewski in the fridge door.  I know the miracle of science right!?!

Professor Manuel Garzon made the finding after tests on 25 college students over several months. Researchers believe that it’s the sugars, salts, and bubbles in a beer that may help people absorb fluids more rapidly.

The subjects in the study were asked to run on a treadmill at temperatures of 104F until they were near exhaustion. Once they had reached the point of giving up, researchers measured their hydration levels, concentration ability, and motor skills.  These are dedicated college kids, I would complain if i had to walk down to the 7-11 for a cold one.

Half of the subjects were given two half pints of Spanish lager to drink, and the other half were given just water.

Garzon said that rehydration in those who were provided beer was “slightly better” than those who were given only water.  He also believes that the carbon dioxide in beer helps quench thirst faster, and that beer’s carbohydrates replace calories lost during exertion.

Based on the results of the study, researchers recommend moderate consumption of beer as a part of athletes’ diets.  I am currently attempting to contact said researchers on the amounts they suggest a blogger intake.  Until I hear differently I will assume that more beer will equal greater hydration. 

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