It's a cliche that women drink light beer. But new research suggests there may be a compelling reason for women to consider what kind of beer they're drinking.
Female beer drinkers may be at a higher risk for psoriasis, according to a new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The researchers found that women who had 2.3 drinks per week were 72 percent more likely to suffer from the auto-immune disease, which causes red patches or itchiness.
Interestingly, wine, light beer and alcohol didn't have the same effect. WebMD explains:
"Non-light beer was the only alcoholic beverage that increased the risk for psoriasis, suggesting that certain non-alcoholic components of beer, which are not found in wine or liquor, may play an important role
in new-onset psoriasis," the authors write in the study. "One of these components may be the starch source used in making beer."
Earlier this year, researchers at the University of California, Davis, suggested that beer could be good for your bones because silicon is a deterrent to the onset of osteoporosis. Pale-colored malts were believed to be a better choice because they had a higher silicon content.
So, suddenly Amstel Light has a lot more going for it.
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