Many of us choose what we eat very carefully, or at least dedicate our minimum attention to it. But when it comes to drinks, especially alcoholic beverages, we do little to make the best decisions for our health, which is a HUGE mistake. All the work for your body can be ruined in a weekend out. While foods and non alcoholic beverages are required to list their ingredients and are monitored by the FDA, beer does not belong in either. Alcohol industry had lobbied for years to avoid labeling its ingredients. Some to protect its recipes, but most – to hide harmful ingredients.
Here’s a list of some harmful ingredients that are commonly found in beer:
- GMO Corn Syrup
- GMO Corn
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Fish Bladder
- Propylene Glycol
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Natural Flavors
- GMO Sugars
- Caramel Coloring
- Insect-Based Dyes
- & lots more!
Of course, each beer is unique, so take a look at the following list to see if any of your favorites are one of the top 10 worst beers to consume.
10. Newcastle Brown Ale
As the bottle tells us, Newcastle Brown Ale is imported from England, and it has a rich, alluring color to it. However, this color is a sign of the horrible ingredients that have been put into the beer. This beer has been found to have caramel coloring in it. Class 3 and 4 caramel coloring, which is made from ammonia, is a carcinogen—or in other words, something that can cause cancer or foster cancerous cells. Since alcohol is a carcinogen in and of itself, adding more to the mix is not a good idea, especially if you’re one to indulge in multiple brews over the course of an afternoon.
Budweiser—also known as the “King of Beers”—is one of the most popular mass-produced beers in North America, and it is a sponsor of major athletic events and leagues like the NFL. As such, most beer drinkers have probably had one of these at one time or another. Budweiser, though, is made with genetically modified corn (GMO). Since its rise in the 1980s, as the biotechnology behemoth, Monsanto, began to genetically modify corn to withstand herbicides without a drop off in crop supply, GMO corn has been linked to a host of health problems. It encourages the overdevelopment of a white blood cell called eosinophil, which, when overproduced, attacks our bodies’ organs, nervous and cardiovascular systems, and skin. As such, people should avoid consuming too much GMO corn.
8. Corona Extra
This one will hurt for a lot of people, as Corona has become the popular choice for a light cerveza in the summer months. The ubiquitous commercials for this beer also have a quality of not being annoying or cloying, a rarity in today’s television-advertisement landscape. Unfortunately, Corona Extra is made with GMO corn syrup and Propylene Glycol, the former of which being derived from GMO corn. Propylene Glycol, though, is an ingredient that has stirred controversy amongst health professionals, and it is a common ingredient found in anti-freeze. Again, abstaining from Corona is the consumer’s choice, but the revelation of Corona’s potentially harmful ingredients probably makes those commercials look more insidious than relaxing.
7. Miller Lite
Miller Lite capitalizes off the surprising success of its slogan: “It’s Miller time!” Miller Lite, however, contains both GMO corn and corn syrup. Given the surprising preponderance of these ingredients in the foods North Americans have come to take for granted, adding more of these insidious GMOs to your diet might be ill-advised. Moreover, it is easy to drink a lot of Miller Lite, since it’s a light, refreshing beer, and it doesn’t contain relatively high levels of alcohol. The harmfulness of the ingredients compounded with the easiness with which the beer goes down makes this one brew that consumers need to keep their eye on. It is unclear whether or not these ingredients have made their way to Miller’s other beloved brew, Miller Genuine Draft.
6. Michelob Ultra
Michelob Ultra is another beer that ceaselessly intrudes upon our lives via commercials on television. Unfortunately for Michelob Ultra drinkers, this beer contains GMO dextrose, another genetically-modified sweetener akin to corn syrup. GMO dextrose can play tricks with your blood sugar and lead to the same kinds of ailments that GMO corn can lead to. Since beer is already high in calories, drinkers should beware of consuming anything that might seriously affect their blood sugar levels.
Guiness is everyone’s favorite stout beer, and has long been praised for its smoothness as a stout. Many drinkers swear by Guinness and won’t touch a drop of anything else. Guiness might not be the healthiest choice, though, for reasons you may not suspect. Apparently, Guinness contains isinglass, an ingredient derived from fish bladders. So, next time you take a sip of the richly dark brew, think about whether or not it pairs well with, well, fish.
4. Coors Light
Coors Light is yet another super-popular brew in North America, given its skillful marketing and smoothness as a light beer. Indeed, the company’s marketing strategy, predicated on the glaciers that turn certain colours based on the coldness of the beer, is genius, and it empowers consumers, who like to feel they are drinking the coldest, freshest beer. Unfortunately for drinkers of Coors Light, this is also another beer that uses GMO corn syrup as a sweetener. Given that the beer is so easy to drink, and easy to drink in volume, consumers should be wary of this beer’s potentially harmful ingredients.
3. Pabst Blue Ribbon
Pabst Blue Ribbon, colloquially referred to as PBR, is a classic beer, whether haters like to admit or not. The original German beer to make its way across the pond to North America, Pabst Blue has enjoyed a good deal of success for decades. Unfortunately for PBR’s loyal votaries, the beer is made with GMO corn and corn syrup.
2. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale is a glutinous beer, and only the most strongly constituted individuals should drink this stuff. This beer has 330 calories per glass and it is 9.6% alcohol. Two of these beers would equal a full meal, but the alcohol content is sure to have drinkers ordering tons of food. The beer belly is a real phenomenon, as we all know, but some beers help drinkers achieve the swollen gut faster than others.
1. Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Like Sierra Nevada, the more popular Samuel Adams Winter Lager is full of calories. At just 5.8% alcohol, this beer contains 200 calories a glass. A few of these bad boys and even the most seasoned beer drinkers will feel the gut-busting effects. Again, beers that are dense with regard to calories can mess with one’s blood sugar levels. Given that drinkers usually eat a good deal when indulging, this beer should be consumed in moderation.
Healthy Beer Alternatives
So when it comes to beer, you have to be very careful. Your best option is to find a microbrewery that you can trust. As with everything, try to avoid cheap, low-quality products. Bars may offer Coors Light, Miller Lite or Budweiser specials, but they are cheap for a reason. The rest of the world is banning GMOs everywhere, while USA is lagging years behind, and only several states offer GMO labeling laws. Try to stay away from any American beers. Choose organic beer. Beers that contain “100% organic” labels have to have ingredients that are all 100% organic, while an “organic” label just means 95% of it will be organic. European beer is most likely to be safe from GMO ingredients but, unfortunately, most other beer contains GMO artificial ingredients, stabilizers, grains and preservatives, and HFCS.
GMO Free Beers:
Organic Beers (Unpasteurized & Unfiltered)
- Wolaver’s – all beers
- Lamar Street – Whole Foods label (brewed by Goose Island)
- Bison – all beers
- Dogfish Head (organic when ingredients available)
- Fish Brewery Company – Fish Tale Ales
- Lakefront Brewery – Organic ESB
- Brooklyn – (organic when ingredients are available)
- Pinkus – all beers
- Samuel Smiths – Samuel Smiths Organic Ale
- Wychwood – Scarecrow Ale
Non-Organic Beers (Unpasteurized & Unfiltered)
- Sierra Nevada – all choices
- Duck Rabbit – Brown Ale, Porter, Amber Ale, Milk Stout
- Dogfish Head- 60 Minute IPA, Shelter Pale Ale, Chicory Stout
- Shipyard – Summer Brew
- Victory Brewery – Whirlwind
- North Coast – Blue Star
- Bridgeport – IPA (Bottle conditioned)
- Ayinger – all choices
- Royal Oak – Pale Ale
- Fraziskaner – Hefeweisse and Dunkel Weisse
- Weihenstephaner – Hefe Weissbier
- Maisel’s – Weisse
- Hoegaarden – Belgian Wit
- Amstel Light
- Duchy Original Ale Organic
- Mill Street Brewery
- Fuller’s Organic
- Nelson Organic Ale
- Natureland Organic
Share This with Fellow Beer Drinkers
It’s important to expose companies that use harmful ingredients in our products. This information is hidden from the public with millions of dollars of false advertising, laws, etc. You can always vote with your money. As this information about GMO beers spreads, we will see a decrease in production of these beers and the companies may eliminate the harmful ingredients altogether. Most importantly, when you hang out with your friends, you will be able to share beer that’s more delicious and healthier.
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