After generations of American drinkers eschewing hoppy beers, hop-forward brews started to get their due in the 1990s before exploding onto the craft beer scene over the past couple decades turning the hopped-up IPA into hippest style out there. Hops intriguing and diverse flavors have been what’s driven this new demand, but hops can do more for a beer than just make it citrusy or piney. One of the original advantages of adding hops to beer was that these flowers act as a preservative in the liquid. Now, a new study suggests that beers with more hops may also help preserve the health of your liver.
A group of researchers from Germany (where else?) set out to see how consuming different types of alcoholic beverages affected a mouse’s liver. “Using a binge-drinking mouse model” (those are scientists’ words, not mine; no mention if they employed the use of a mini funnel), the tiny mammals were given one of four drinks: normal beer, beer without hops, plain ethanol or an alcohol-free control solution. According to Live Science, after 12 hours, the mice given the normal beer with hops showed less fat buildup in their livers than the mice given either hop-free beer or plain ethanol, two groups that saw a similar level of fat accumulation.
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