It’s not uncommon to see a beer garden at the finish line of a marathon, sometimes an ice cold beer is exactly what you need after that grueling 26 miles. This being said, the beer is there more for the purpose of reward, not for any nutritional or health value. This is true for most drinks that are consumed directly after pushing your body to exhaustion. Sometimes we crave an ice cold soda, but in doing so we know it’s not as healthy as a protein shake or water. We consume it for taste purposes only. That could all be about to change thanks to the inventive minds at a Canadian beverage company.
The creation of a low alcohol, protein packed, self proclaimed “fit beer” (just the sound of it is oxymoronic) has been slated to hit the shelves in the very near future. Marketed as a sports drink it’s aim is to give the best of both worlds to fitness enthusiasts and beer drinkers alike.
The aptly named Lean Machine Recovery Ale touts itself as a healthy alternative to traditional ales as it only has 77 calories and contains 0.5 percent alcohol by volume. The label tells that the drink is enriched with a varied amount of nutrients, antioxidants and electrolytes to help replenish the body after a workout.
Its target demographic is toward the younger generation, those who live an active lifestyle but also like to drink alcohol. The drink was made in the effort to promote responsible drinking and still make it socially fun, as well as having properties that enhance a workout.
The idea may sound absurd but we do lose electrolytes and fluid when we sweat and workout. This drink has everything needed for the body to replenish itself, as well as a little alcohol to add a kick to it. If formulated correctly, beer can actually rehydrate the body. By lowering the level of alcohol when compared to most alcoholic beverages and adding salt, scientists found that the hydration levels rose. Because strenuous activity lowers the body’s ability to fight infection, the ingredients in this drink, because they are plant based, such as barley, actually give nutrients to the body. The notion of this drink working just as well as Gatorade isn’t too far fetched.
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