Worst Beer That Makes You Age Faster, Says Dietitian — Eat This, Not That

There are few things more satisfying on a hot summer day than a nice cold beer. But if you’re trying to feel and look younger, it’s not the best drink to have.

“Beer doesn’t provide your body with essential nutrients, and it actually dehydrates you,” says Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDNregistered dietitian nutritionist and national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

She explains that although it is a liquid, it draws water out of your body and further dehydrates you when you drink it.

“When water is pulled out of your body, it can also age you, as it takes away moisture that might be keeping your skin moist and instead causes it to dry out,” she says.

Besides impacting your skin, it can also affect your overall health and cognitive health.

“Alcohol also weakens your immune system and other internal organs are affected, such as your heart, and regular alcohol drinkers may see an increase in blood pressure and triglyceride levels,” says Ehsani. “Moderate alcohol consumption can impair brain health and memory and cause cognitive decline.”

Finally, alcohol also has a negative impact on sleep.

“It may put you to sleep quickly, but it reduces your high-quality REM sleep,” says Ehsani. “And lack of quality sleep doesn’t help you feel or look your best either.”

And the type of beer that can age you faster is one that is mixed with additional sources of sugar, such as a beer mixed with lemonade as it is in a cooler, making it an alcoholic beverage full of sugar.

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“It’s high in calories, high in sugar and contains alcohol,” says Ehsani. “Drinks high in sugar are also not nutritionally dense and should be limited. But when you mix beer with this it makes for a very unhealthy drink. I would suggest you drink it on very special occasions or limit as much as possible.”

She also adds that drinks high in sugar can also make your dehydration worse.

“Too much sugar in the blood can cause you to increase urination and dehydrate you,” says Ehsani.

Instead, she suggests you order a light beer.

“Although some people aren’t a fan of light beer, light beer will have the lowest amount of calories, as well as the lowest amount of carbs and sugars,” says Ehsani.

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Finally, Ehsani adds that you should drink beer in moderation.

“Just because you choose a light beer doesn’t mean you should drink several,” says Ehsni. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men to meet the recommended daily serving.

“If you decide to drink more than one beer, be sure to drink a large glass of water between drinks to stay as hydrated as possible,” says Ehsani.

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