The men of my family have been drinking beer, claiming that it is a food and not high in calories. We women say that it cannot compare with fruit juices in vitamin value. What are the facts?
It is unfortunate that beer has been exploited and advertised in such a misleading way. It supplies no vitamins or minerals and cannot compare with fruit juice in value. A good comparison can be made between beer and tomato juice. Twelve ounces of 3.5 per cent beer contains one hundred thirty-three calories and no vitamins. Twelve ounces of tomato juice supplies eighty calories and exceedingly rich amounts of vitamins A, B, and C. As a low-calorie beverage there is nothing much better than tomato juice.
There are many disadvantages in the use of beer. Some nutrition authorities do not consider it a food at all, and believe that the calories which it supplies are poorly utilized by the body. It is an alcoholic beverage which is habit-forming and which has many harmful effects. Alcohol destroys the delicate nerve cells of the brain and injures every organ of the body.
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