There's nothing better than sitting down with a frosty one at the end of a long, hard, slog of a day. However, for a long, long time, the drinking culture here in the UK has relied on the presence of alcohol in that beer or glass of wine.
I mean, why drink if there's no alcohol – right?
The thing is, times are changing and with the relatively recent boom in fitness, people appear to be enjoying the benefits of drinking a pint and socialising without the addition of a blasted hangover from hell the next day.
Which is awesome! Because recent research has shown that going alcohol-free has numerous health benefits.
Better yet, you can STILL enjoy that beer with the latest invention by Heineken!
Yep, the geniuses at one of the world's most loved beer brands have finally unveiled their new 0.0 Lager Beer, which is unlike any other alcohol-free beer on the market today.
You see, rather than just producing a run of mill "that'll do" beer, the master brewers at Heineken started from zero and spent years brewing, exploring and crafting before finally settling on a recipe designed to give maximum beer satisfaction sans alcohol.
It's characterised by refreshing fruity notes, a soft malty body and is perfectly balanced thanks to the natural ingredients.
Furthermore, you will receive a FREE SAMPLE of said beer with every Muscle Food order so you can taste the deliciousness yourself – hooray!
But enough of that, let's chat benefits of choosing an alcohol-free drink over an alcoholic one…
1. Lower calories
Alcohol-free beer, like Heineken 0.0 Lager Beer, is much lower in calories than its alcoholic sibling. In fact, a regular Heineken beer with 5% volume contains 42 calories per 100ml. That's +138 kcal per 330ml bottle.
Their 0.0 Lager Beer has just 21 calories per 100ml! That's a teeny tiny +69 kcal per 330ml.
2. Cures the hangover
Hangovers suck. It's probably the biggest downside to alcoholic drinks as it dehydrates you, lacks essential salts, has pretty much no minerals and vitamins and, in spite of how inebriated you are, stops you from having a deep and restful night's sleep.
The thing is, the more you drink, the more you want. It's a vicious cycle.
BUT, alcohol-free beer may just be the answer to these tales of woe. How? Well, drinking alcohol-free beer quells any urge you may feel to keep drinking more.
It also hydrates you and replenishes lost minerals and vitamins meaning you'll not wake up feeling like you spent the night eating sand and had a small monkey renovating the inside of your head with a sledge hammer – YAY!
3. Stress buster
We've already mentioned how having a beer after a hard day chills you out, but contrary to popular belief this has nothing to do with the alcohol present.
Rather, the drink itself is high in electrolytes and other essential minerals, including potassium, which is known for balancing adrenaline. As a result, your body can let go of all that pent up anxiety!
Furthermore, the bitter substance found in hops has an all round chilling out effect on your body.
4. Better for your heart
Having a drink (in moderation) has been shown to help prevent heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. Initially it was believed that the ethanol present in the drink was the reason for this, but recent research has debunked this.
In fact, the same team discovered that drinking non-alcoholic beer actually boosted anti-oxidants, slowed blood coagulation and increased Vitamin B6 – known to protect the heart.
5. Good for pregnancy
Pregnant women often swear off alcohol for the 9 months carrying and, if breastfeeding, they'd be very, very careful of how much they drank and when after baby arrives.
However, choosing alcohol-free beer not only gives mums-to-be the chance to enjoy themselves on a night out before baby arrives, but it's thought the folic acid found in the alcohol-free beer can be good for baby too!
Folic acid is essential for the strong development of the spinal cord and brain. It's also been shown to stimulate the production of milk during breastfeeding!