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12 August 2011

Dark beer has more iron

A team of researchers analysed 40 brands of beer and discovered that dark beer has more free iron than pale and non-alcoholic beers.

A team of researchers from the University of Valladolid (Spain) has analysed 40 brands of beer, discovering that dark beer has more free iron than pale and non-alcoholic beers. Iron is essential to the human diet, but also helps oxidise the organic compounds that give these beverages stability and flavour.

The study, published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, indicates that higher iron content in dark beer could be explained by the malt and hop extracts used to produce it.

 
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