Don't get me wrong. I am definitely in favor of people changing their diet in terms of carbohydrate intake. But I think people should concentrate on the type of carbs rather than on the number. Eat more whole foods. Choose whole wheat and sprouted grains. Eat fresh fruits and veggies with the skin included. Choose grilled fish on the menu. Reject anything that has been stripped of its nutrients such as white rice, white bread, and light beer. These are inventions of the 20th century with one purpose in mind: to separate you from more of your money. They are all slickly packaged and stylishly advertised. And, frankly, low-carb beer isn't going to do diddly-squat except make you disappointed in the long run when you realize that you still don't look like those young, sexy people in the ads.
Yes, finely crafted ales and lagers are higher in carbs than Aspen Edge, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite, and the rest of that stuff. But not much higher! I dare anyone to tell me that they got fat on beer. Show me a fat beer drinker, and I'll show you someone who also indulges in pizza, french fries, milkshakes, and fettucini alfredo on a fairly regular basis. What's more, people who drink more flavorful, more alcoholic beer usually drink less of it. And, because their beer hasn't been stripped of its nutrients by intense filtration and industrial pasteurization, it's much healthier! That's right. And darker beers contain the same flavonoids that red wine contains which have been linked to diminished rates of heart disease and stroke. Don't believe me? Listen to this short piece from NPR. Don't know which dark beers to try? Here are four world-class dark beers to start with if you are interested in getting those health benefits:
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, Celebrator Doppelbock, Anchor Porter, and Deschutes Obsidian Stout.
Okay. Look into my eyes. You are going to start drinking more flavorful, darker beers from smaller, real-people-oriented brewers. You are going to drink less of it than you would have of the light beer. It's going to enhance your meal and uplift your spirits. And if you are concerned about your weight, you are going to exercise more, and eat more whole foods, and eat fewer industrial foods. You will be helping your body. You will be helping your community. You will be helping your planet. When I snap my fingers you will awake. *SNAP!*
This is me enjoying a Ginseng Porter from Oregon Trail Brewing Co. in Corvallis, Oregon.