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Science: Electrolyte beer is better


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It might be the greatest modern innovation since shampoo and conditioner in one.

An Australian university did an experiment by adding electrolytes to light and dark beers. Then they had subjects either drink one of the augmented beers or regular, non-electrolyte beer.

The results were perhaps not surprising. The subjects who drank electrolyte beer showed signs of being better hydrated after exercise. Specifically, those who drank light beer with added sodium.

The researchers weren’t exactly giving this a ringing endorsement for post-exercise Gatorade replacement. But they did see it as an improvement for beer drinkers. Their conclusion stated that electrolyte beer is “a potential compromise” beverage. 

“If you’re going to live in the real world, you can either spend your time telling people what they shouldn’t do, or you can work on ways of reducing the danger of some of these socialized activities,” Researcher and Associate Professor Desbrow told the website

Of course, this beer isn’t something available on the market, and it’s really just regular beer with a bit of sodium added. Do you think brewers will follow this studies lead and be the first to brew this beer? Or will they really step it up and start brewing with hops, glucosamine and ibuprofen?

You can read the full study and conclusion in the journal Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. And thank you to Jon, Chris, Marty and Catholic Drinkie for the heads up about this study.



Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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