NEW YORK (TheStreet) --For years, red wine has been lauded as the singular alcoholic beverage that can be beneficial to your health. In fact, scientists say that a glass of red wine with dinner each night can reduce your bad cholesterol, lower your risk of coronary heart disease, and reduce blood clotting, according to the Yale-New Haven Hospital website.
On the other hand, beer, a drink popular at house parties, ball games, and on summer evenings, has a stigma for making one fat, and contributing to a person's poor health.
People have been consuming beer for a large part of our collective history. In fact scholars have found circumstantial evidence that supports the theory humans were growing and storing grain for beer before cultivating it for bread, according to Jefferey Kahn, a clinical associate professor at New York Presbyterian Hospital, writing in the New York Times.
Beer in the ancient world would have been vastly different from what we know today as "its alcohol content would have been sharply limited", the Times article said.
Through the course of history beer has evolved into an alcoholic beverage used to unwind after a long day, and to bring friends together.
Beer is not likely going to be the first libation that comes to mind when a person wonders what beverage they should be drinking in order to contribute to their overall health.
As it turns out, drinking beer in moderation could be as beneficial to one's health as that nightly glass of red wine.
However, the Mayo Clinic website cautions that "alcohol use can be a slippery slope. Moderate drinking can offer some health benefits. But heavy drinking can have serious consequences."
The following is a list of 8 reasons why beer drinking in moderation could be good for your health...
1. Prevents Heart Disease
Drinking alcohol in moderation can lower your risk of developing and dying from heart disease, the mayoclinic.org says.
Drinking in moderation means one drink per day for an adult woman of any age and men older than 65 years. For adult men age 65 and below that means two drinks per day, the mayoclinic.org added.
2. Strengthens Bones
Beer has a high silicon content, which is a nutrient that helps to strengthen the bones, Discovery.com writes.