There are those that contend beer isn’t good for you. We are not those people. And we firmly believe “those people” are exactly the kind we don’t trust: People who don’t drink beer.
You know who drinks beer? People in South Africa. Lots of ’em. In fact, the first private brewing licenses in South Africa were granted in the late 1600s. For centuries, the country’s brewing industry was, like many European countries, made up of many small breweries crafting many small batches of beer for their local communities.
In the late 1800s, that began to change. A larger operator, South African Breweries (SAB) began buying land and smaller breweries, controlling the country’s barley and hops interests, and little by little, expanding into other countries around the region. By the mid-’50s, SAB had a stranglehold not only on 90 percent of the country’s beer production and distribution but also its consumption; the government at that time banned sales of alcohol to its black citizens.
Thankfully, in 1962, the government of South Africa saw the light that — duh — beer is good for all people. It lifted the ban on alcohol sales, prompting a jump in sales and major growth in the industry, and with it, a reinvigorated beer economy. Today, South Africa is once again host to a multitude of small craft brewers and a citizenry that, understandably, appreciates its centuries-old tradition of imbibing beer — so much so, in fact, that Health24, the country’s leading health website, one established by an MD (Dr. Danie Pauw), recently featured an article devoted to the health benefits of beer.
And when a doctor explains exactly how and why beer does a body good, we waste no time in sharing it with you. Click here [www.health24.com/About/About-Health24-20130210] to learn eight reasons beer is good for you. (Hint: Bones, heart, and brains are just some of the parts proven to benefit.)
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