The American Heart Association released a report in February showing that alcohol can help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol when consumed in moderation—one drink a day for women and two for men, according to the Center for Disease Control. Beer, in particular, has been shown to lower the risk of kidney stones in men, plus it's packed with antioxidants and fiber. On the other hand, drinking too much too often can impair sleep, decrease reaction time, and lead to dehydration and weight gain.
The key is to find balance. Craft beers and microbrews, although higher in calories, often contain unique ingredients with healthful antioxidant properties. A few options include Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale, Stoudt's Fat Dog Oatmeal Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and Fuller's Organic Honey Dew Ale.
If you're watching your waistline, choose a low-calorie brew. Here are a few choices with less than 150 calories:
Select 55 – 55 calories
MGD 64 – 64 calories
Michelob Ultra Amber – 95 calories
Miller Lite – 96 calories
Yuengling Light – 90 calories
Heineken Light – 99 calories
Budweiser Select – 99 calories
Corona Light – 99 calories
Coors Light – 102 calories
Bud Light – 110 calories
Sam Adam's Light – 119 calories
-- Amanda Carlson-Phillips