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The standard American diet is so low in nutrients that beer represents the fifth largest source of antioxidants in the United States. It may also be the most hydrating of alcoholic beverages, leaving the body with more water than it started with, whereas wine has a dehydrating effect.

With regard to women’s health, beer-drinking females have better bone density than non-drinkers.  Hops phytoestrogen in beer may also help relieve menopausal discomfort including hot flashes. However, beer may be more carcinogenic to the breast than other forms of alcohol.

Some other ingredients in beer may contribute to cancer, including certain artificial caramel colorings and putrescine.


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