International Beer Day: 13 beer facts that will surprise you

Aug 04, 2017, 20:48 IST
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    Beer contains almost all of the minerals we need to survive. It was a staple of many diets during the European Middle Ages, when good nutrition was rare. You drank beer to survive. Drinking wasn’t just for adults. Children also consumed beer as a source of energy and nutrients.
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    Researchers pointed out that alcohol raises HDL cholesterol(good cholesterol), which is associated with a lower risk of heart diasease and better cognitive functioning.
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    Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.
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    Beer is said to make you smarter. A study in a leading American Journal of Medicine found that women who drank moderately had better cognitive function compared to non-drinkers.
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    There are 400 types of beer. Belgium has the most individual beer brands in the world.
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    It is also believed that beer strengthens your bones. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, beer “protects bone-mineral density because of its high levels of silicon. This allows the deposit of calcium and other minerals into bone tissue.
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    Hops used in beer are in the same family of flowering plants as marijuana.
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    Zythology is the study of beer and beer making, including the role particular ingredients play in the brewing process.
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    Did you know? The first professional brewers were all women. In ancient Peru, brewing beer was a task reserved solely for women of the noble class. And that’s not all, in 19th century Munich new mothers downed up to seven pints of beer a day believing it was required for breastfeeding. There’s a long history linking woman to beer, and to humans in general.
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    Oldest beer ad on a clay tablet - 4000BC adorned with a large-breasted woman holding two goblets and is inscribed with the caption "Drink Ebla Beer - the beer with the heart of a lion!"
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    The oldest written recipes ever discovered by humans are for making beer - written on stone tablets over 5,000 years ago in the form of songs.
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    2000 BC - the first recorded drunk driving incident. In ancient Egypt, an inebriated charioteer is apprehended after running down a vestal virgin of the goddess Hathor. The culprit is crucified on the door of the tavern that sold him the beer, and his corpse allowed to hang there until scavengers reduce it to bones.
    Pictured: Egyptian tomb model brewing beer, 9th Dynasty c2160 BC
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    When the British brewers tried to send their pale ales over to India, the beer would go bad during the ocean vovage. Beer makers began to add extra alcohol and hops to help with the preservation. This advertently created a new style of extra bitter, extra powerful beers called India Pale Ales (IPAs).
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On the occasion of International Beer Day, a look at some interesting and lesser known facts about the world's oldest alcoholic beverage