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New hydrating beer features electrolytes, less alcohol, but keeps original taste

Who doesn’t love to crack open a cold one after a long day? Only problem is, half the time, you’re too tired to even get the beer down – but no worries my friends – some Australian researchers have come up with a solution.

According to Danielle Hayes of UPI.com, researchers at Griffith University’s health institute in Queensland have added electrolytes to beer:

“Of the four different beers the subjects consumed, our augmented light beer was by far the most well retained by the body, meaning it was the most effective at re-hydrating the subjects,” said Associate Professor Ben Desbrow.

“If you’re going to live in the real world, you can either spend your time telling people what they shouldn’t do, or you can work on ways of reducing the danger of some of these socialized activities,” he added.

In addition, Christopher Talbot of the Sydney Morning herald mentions that scientists took two commercial beers in the study and altered them and were able to maintain the taste.

Per SMH.com.au:

By adding electrolytes, an ingredient commonly found in sports drinks, and reducing the alcohol content researchers found that beer could become even more refreshing. And the best news for beer drinkers is that the taste of the modified brews didn’t change.

As part of the study, the researchers modified two commercial beers, one regular strength and one light beer. They then gave them to volunteers who had worked up a sweat after exercise to test fluid recovery.

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