A Review of the Potential Health Benefits of Low Alcohol and Alcohol-Free Beer: Effects of Ingredients and Craft Brewing Processes on Potentially Bioactive Metabolites


Beer is a beverage of significant historical and cultural importance. Interest in the potential health effects of alcoholic beverages has largely focused on wine; however, there are a number of potentially beneficial bioactives that beer may contain that warrant further investigation. The challenge of considering any potential health benefits of beer are restricted by the negative consequences of its alcohol and energy content. There is potential to enhance the bioactive qualities of beer whilst reducing the alcohol and energy content through novel brewing approaches often used in craft brewing, in terms of ingredients, brewing methods and type of fermentation. Consumer demand to produce a greater variety of beer types, including alcohol-free beers, may also help to increase the number of beers which may have greater potential to improve health, with lower levels of alcohol, while still being tasty products. As low alcohol, prebiotic and bioactive containing beers are developed, it is important that their potential health benefits and risks are fully assessed.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/beverages6020025
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Medical School
Additional Information: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol,Beer,Phytoestrogens,Polyphenols,Food Science
Last Modified: 21 May 2024 07:14
Date Deposited: 01 May 2020 08:09
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2020-04-16
Accepted Date: 2020-04-13
Authors: Mellor, Duane (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1369-3868)
Hanna-Khalil, Bishoy
Carson, Raymond (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9192-1782)



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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