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Can you survive just on beer?


Beer has carbohydrates. You must be able to live on it, I would imagine.

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This is actually partially true. People can survive on beer alone, but not indefinitely. After several months, a personís body will begin to experience vitamin deficiencies that will lead to sickness and eventually death. This example does not pertain only to beer, though. Much the same thing would happen if anyone tried to live on a single source of nutrition and water no matter what it was. It is interesting to note, however, that people can survive longer on beer than most any other single substance.

Evidence shows that beer has been around for over 11,000 years. As such, it is possibly the first prepared beverage in the history of mankind. Although historians are not 100 percent sure, it is believed that beer was first invented as a healthy substitute for water. Standing water can easily become tainted by bacterial and fungal growths. Beer, on the other hand, resists such spoilage because of its alcohol content. Many ancient Egyptians drank beer in place of water.

Beer, today, is made from only a few key ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. Every beer must have a high-carbohydrate ingredient, such as barley or another grain, for fermentation to occur. It is this carbohydrate source that can provide energy after consumption. A regular 12 oz serving of beer contains 153 calories, 1.6 g protein, 12.6 g carbs, 0 fat, 14 mg calcium, 21 mg magnesium, 50 mg phosphorous, 96 mg potassium, 14 mg sodium, 2 mg niacin, and 21 mcg folate. Although beer provides a source of vitamin B, it does not provide vitamins A and C. This deficiency will eventually cause debilitating conditions, such as rickets or scurvy which will eventually lead to death. So, in emergency situations, beer can ensure prolonged survival, but eventually your body will need supplements in the form fresh fruit, vegetables, and protein.




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