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Q&A: What are the Healthiest Beers?

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Q: I'm trying to minimize excess calories, but I don't want to cut out beer completely. What are the best beer options?

A: The American Heart Association believes alcohol can help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol when consumed in moderation — one drink a day for women and two for men, according to the Center for Disease Control. Some beer, in particular, has been shown to lower the risk of kidney stones in men, plus it's packed with antioxidants and fiber. On the other hand, drinking too much too often can impair sleep, decrease reaction time, and lead to dehydration and weight gain. The key is to find a balance.

Craft beers and microbrews, although higher in calories, often contain unique ingredients with healthful antioxidant properties. A few options include Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale, Stoudt's Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and Fuller's Organic Honey Dew Ale.

If you're counting calories, choose a low-calorie brew. Here are a few choices with less than 150 calories:

  • Select 55 – 55 calories
  • MGD 64 – 64 calories
  • Michelob Ultra Amber – 95 calories
  • Miller Lite – 96 calories
  • Yuengling Light – 90 calories
  • Heineken Light – 99 calories
  • Budweiser Select – 99 calories
  • Corona Light – 99 calories
  • Coors Light – 102 calories
  • Bud Light – 110 calories
  • Sam Adam's Light – 119 calories

Originally published May 27, 2011. Updated August 6, 2015.

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Amanda Carlson-Phillips – Amanda Carlson-Phillips is the vice president of nutrition and research at EXOS. As a registered dietitian, she has provided educational seminars and individual counseling to a variety of professional and elite sports organizations.

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