Let me guess, you like to indulge yourself with a good beer, but wonder if that non-alcoholic beer is going to end up adding a few extra pounds to you? Well, you've come to the right place, we're embarking on a brewing tour that won't leave your scales shaking with fear.
1. Non-alcoholic beer: what is it exactly?
First, let's talk about what it is, non-alcoholic beer. We are talking here about a beer with an alcohol content generally lower than 0.5%. Not enough to make your head spin, but enough to let you savor the taste of beer. You should know that, for example, a fresh pineapple also contains 0.5% alcohol… Perfect for drivers, pregnant women, or those who simply want to keep a cool head. And tell yourself that this reduction in alcohol does not mean a reduction in pleasure. The aromas, the bubbles, everything is there!
2. Calories in non-alcoholic beer
The real question is what's hiding in those little bubbles. Non-alcoholic beer generally contains fewer calories than its alcoholic version. A classic beer can contain between 150 and 200 calories, while its non-alcoholic version is often around 50 to 100 calories. Not enough to turn you into a balloon! And, aside from the fact that it's delicious, it's also less loaded with sugars and carbohydrates.
3. Comparison with other beverages
But wait, let's compare with other drinks. A glass of orange juice ? About 120 calories. A soda ? It can go up to 150 calories. So, if you opt for a non-alcoholic beer rather than a soda, you are even on the way to slimming! (It's a joke, don't sue me please)
And let's not even talk about energy drinks or sugary cocktails that can contain as many calories as a small meal.
4. The link between beer and weight gain
Now you might be wondering why beer is associated with weight gain. The infamous "beer belly" isn't entirely a myth but the reality is that weight gain is more about what you eat with your beer and your overall lifestyle. If you're the type to accompany every beer with a plate of fries, that's where everything goes wrong.
5. Exercise and balance
Remember that the key to any healthy diet is balance. If you like your non-alcoholic beer and also exercise regularly, there's no reason for your scale to panic. As with everything in life, moderation tastes much better. So move around a bit, but always keep a place for this brewing pleasure.
6. Conclusion: Enjoy your beer without alcohol, without complex!
So, does non-alcoholic beer make you fat? The answer is no, at least not more so than other soft drinks. Enjoy your non-alcoholic beer, savor it in moderation, and don't forget to move from time to time.
The important thing is not the size of your glass, but the quality of what's inside.
Stay brewtiful! 🍻