Many of us choose what we eat very INDUSTRY EXTRA carefully, or at least dedicate our minimum
attention to it. But when it comes to drinks, especially alcoholic beverages, we do little to make the best
decisions for our health, which is a HUGE mistake. All the work for your body can be ruined in a weekend
out. While foods and non alcoholic beverages are required to list their ingredients and are monitored by the FDA, beer
does not belong in either. Alcohol industry had lobbied for years to avoid labeling its ingredients. Some to protect
its recipes, but most – to hide harmful ingredients.
Here’s a list of some harmful ingredients that are commonly found in beer:
GMO Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
& lots more!
1 – New Castle Brown Ale
As the bottle tells us, Newcastle Brown Ale is imported from England, and it has a rich, alluring color to it. However, this
color is a sign of the horrible ingredients that have been put into the beer. This beer has been found to have caramel
coloring in it. Class 3 and 4 caramel coloring, which is made from ammonia, is a carcinogen—or in other words,
something that can cause cancer or foster cancerous cells. Since alcohol is a carcinogen in and of itself, adding more to
the mix is not a good idea, especially if you’re one to indulge in multiple brews over the course of an afternoon.
2 – Budweiser
Budweiser—also known as the “King of Beers”—is one of the most popular mass-produced beers in North America,
and it is a sponsor of major athletic events and leagues like the NFL. As such, most beer drinkers have probably
had one of these at one time or another. Budweiser, though, is made with genetically modified corn (GMO). Since its
rise in the 1980s, as the biotechnology behemoth, Monsanto, began to genetically modify corn to withstand herbicides
without a drop off in crop supply, GMO corn has been linked to a host of health problems. It encourages the overdevelopment
of a white blood cell called eosinophil, which, when overproduced, attacks our bodies’ organs, nervous and cardiovascular
systems, and skin. As such, people should avoid consuming too much GMO corn.
3 – Corona Extra
This one will hurt for a lot of people, as Corona has become the popular choice for a light cerveza in the summer
months. The ubiquitous commercials for this beer also have a quality of not being annoying or cloying, a rarity in today’s
television-advertisement landscape. Unfortunately, Corona Extra is made with GMO corn syrup and Propylene
Glycol, the former of which being derived from GMO corn. Propylene Glycol, though, is an ingredient that has stirred
controversy amongst health professionals, and it is a common ingredient found in anti-freeze. Again, abstaining from
Corona is the consumer’s choice, but the revelation of Corona’s potentially harmful ingredients probably makes those
commercials look more insidious than relaxing.
4 – Bud Light Straw-Ber-Rita
What do get when you mix a strawberry margarita with a Bud Light Lime? A sugar-packed party in a cup that will cost
you 200 calories for a tiny 8-ounce serving. If you’re planning to have more than one drink (which, let’s be honest, you
likely are), don’t make this one of them. The alcohol by volume is high, but the calories and sugar
outweigh this by a lot.
5 – Miller Lite
Miller Lite capitalizes off the surprising success of its slogan: “It’s Miller time!” Miller Lite, however, contains both GMO
corn and corn syrup. Given the surprising preponderance of these ingredients in the foods North Americans have
come to take for granted, adding more of these insidious GMOs to your diet might be ill-advised. Moreover, it is easy to drink a lot of Miller Lite, since it’s a light, refreshing beer, and it doesn’t contain relatively high levels of alcohol. The harmfulness of the ingredients compounded with the easiness with which the beer goes down makes this one brew that consumers need to keep their eye on. It is unclear whether or not these ingredients have made their way to Miller’s other beloved brew, Miller Genuine Draft.
6 – Fosters
The calories in Foster’s is 145 and there are 11 grams of carbohydrates in this beer with a low level of alcohol. Here’s
some more motivation to drink in moderation: Binge drinking after you lift weights may inhibit your ability to build
muscle, according to a report in Strength and Conditioning Journal. Researchers say that guzzling the alcohol equivalent of five or more drinks appears to suppress the production of testosterone, a hormone that’s crucial for muscle growth. Smaller doses (one
to two drinks) appear to have little or no immediate effect on testosterone. Of course, the best beverage to consume after
exercise is one that contains a healthy dose of protein.
7 – Michelob Ultra
Michelob Ultra is another beer that ceaselessly intrudes upon our lives via commercials on television. Unfortunately
for Michelob Ultra drinkers, this beer contains GMO dextrose, another genetically-modified sweetener akin to corn
syrup. GMO dextrose can play tricks with your blood sugar and lead to the same kinds of ailments that GMO corn
can lead to. Since beer is already high in calories, drinkers should beware of consuming anything that might seriously
affect their blood sugar levels.
8 – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Yes, it’s delicious. But that should just give you more reason to take a close look at its calorie count, which is at a
high 175, and its carbohydrate count, which is at 14 grams. If this beer flows down your throat like water, save it for
a special occasion when it’s okay to indulge. (Don’t even think about driving.) And of course, if you do drink more than
you should, at least make sure you’re working those extra calories off with regular exercise.
9 – Blue Moon
This brew’s calorie-count isn’t outrageous, but it’s not going to help you lose your beer belly. With 164 calories per beer, and a whopping 13 grams of carbohydrates, you’ll want to save your caloric intake for a healthier beer that may even taste better.
10 – Guinness
Guiness is everyone’s favorite stout beer, and has long been praised for its smoothness as a stout. Many drinkers
swear by Guinness and won’t touch a drop of anything else. Guiness might not be the healthiest choice, though, for
reasons you may not suspect. Apparently, Guinness contains isinglass, an ingredient derived from fish bladders.
So, next time you take a sip of the richly dark brew, think about whether or not it pairs well with, well, fish.
11 – Michelob Honey Lager
The honey sweetens the beer but sours the carb count. It may sound unbelievable, but this sweet beer has 19 grams of carbs hidden in it. You might as well be drinking StrawBer-Ritas so you can drink something that goes down easier but has
almost the same amount of sugar. Not to mention the carbs up the calories in this to 178, which is much higher than average.
12 – Coors Light
Coors Light is yet another super-popular brew in North America, given its skillful marketing and smoothness as a light beer. Indeed, the company’s marketing strategy, predicated on the glaciers that turn certain colours based on the coldness of the beer, is genius, and it empowers consumers, who like to feel they are drinking the coldest, freshest beer. Unfortunately for
drinkers of Coors Light, this is also another beer that uses GMO corn syrup as a sweetener. Given that the beer is so
easy to drink, and easy to drink in volume, consumers should be wary of this beer’s potentially harmful ingredients.
13 – Pabst Blue Ribbon
Pabst Blue Ribbon, colloquially referred to as PBR, is a classic beer, whether haters like to admit or not. The original
German beer to make its way across the pond to North America, Pabst Blue has enjoyed a good deal of success for
decades. Unfortunately for PBR’s loyal votaries, the beer is made with GMO corn and corn syrup.
14 – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale is a glutinous beer, and only the most strongly constituted individuals should
drink this stuff. This beer has 330 calories per glass and it is 9.6% alcohol. Two of these beers would equal
a full meal, but the alcohol content is sure to have drinkers ordering tons of food. The beer belly is a real
phenomenon, as we all know, but some beers help drinkers achieve the swollen gut faster than others.
15 – Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Like Sierra Nevada, the more popular Samuel Adams Winter Lager is full of calories. At just 5.8% alcohol, this beer
contains 200 calories a glass. A few of these bad boys and even the most seasoned beer drinkers will feel the gut-busting effects. Again, beers that are dense with regard to calories can mess with one’s blood sugar levels. Given that drinkers usually eat a good deal when indulging, this beer should be consumed in moderation.
Share This with Fellow Beer Drinkers
It’s important to expose companies that use harmful ingredients in our products. This information is hidden from the public
with millions of dollars of false advertising, laws, etc. You can always vote with your money. As this information about
GMO beers spreads, we will see a decrease in production of these beers and the companies may eliminate the harmful
ingredients altogether. Most importantly, when you hang out with your friends, you will be able to share beer that’s more
delicious and healthier.
15 beers to help burn belly fat!
1. Bud Light Platinum
2. Michelob Ultra
4. Natural Ice
5. Sam Adams Light
6. Bud Light Lime
7. Guinness Draught
8. Coors Light
10. Keystone Light
11. Rolling Rock
12. Bud Light
13. Miller Lite
14. Natural Light
15. Bud Ice