If you’re looking for the perfect thirst quencher after a workout, you may have to head to a bar.
A new study released out of Spain found that beer is a better post-workout drink than water or Gatorade.
After a workout, many people head for the water, because there are no calories. Others head for the Gatorade to replenish their electrolytes.
Researchers at Granada University in Spain have found that beer can help the body re-hydrate better than water or Gatorade after a workout. The reason is the carbonation in beer helps quench your thirst, and the carbohydrate content can help replace lost calories.
“You are getting the carbohydrates and there is actually some research that shows that you are getting some kind of anti-oxidants out of the barley from the beers you might drink,” agreed Gold’s Gym Nutritionist and personal trainer Valerie Alezard.
The study involved a group of students who were asked to work out until their body temperature reached 104 degrees. Half of the students were given beer to recover, while the other half were given water.
The results showed that those who drank beer were more hydrated.
“I don’t really know whether to believe it or not,” commented Jeff Hoeflich, who was at the gym working out.
“I think a lot of people, especially a lot of people my age will probably be pretty favorable to it,” laughed Monica Adams, who was in the middle of her workout. “I don’t generally drink beer right after a workout. I stick to water but I think a lot of people would probably enjoy it.”
“Sounds good to me! I usually drink protein, but beer is good too!” exclaimed James Carpenter.
Alezard says there are some positives that beer can provide, but there are also some negatives.
“The biggest thing is that it’s an empty calorie drink. You’re not going to be getting any type of value to it,” Alezard said, speaking about water.
Value that you could get from protein drinks or fruit smoothies.
“I have a beer maybe a couple hours after the workout, but right afterwards I would probably have a protein shake or something instead,” Hoeflich continued.
“I tend to feel a little nauseous after a long run, so I don’t think beer would be my choice, I’ll probably still stick to water or maybe a good recovery shake,” Adams added.
Many doctors and nutritionists have suggested a less intoxicating drink for after a workout.
“My personal recommendation is more chocolate milk, because you’re going to get a lot more vitamins and minerals along with those anti-oxidants and the carbohydrate replenishment, plus after a workout you do need some protein,” concluded the Gold’s Gym Nutritionist.
All drinks you use to re-hydrate can have different positive affects on your body, it just depends what works best for you.