You may be careful about what you eat, making sure to stay away from food made with GMOs and artificial ingredients – but do you use the same caution when it comes to your drinks? Alcohol is one thing that even some of the most health-conscious people choose to keep in their diets. It’s common knowledge that drinking alcohol in excess is detrimental to your health, but even one drink every now and then might be harming you, thanks to the ingredients.
While foods and non-alcoholic beverages are required to contain a list of ingredients, beer is not.
Michele Simon, author of Appetite for Profit, recently shared her opinion on the matter:
“Ingredient labeling on food products and non-alcoholic beverages is required by the Food and Drug Administration. But a whole other federal agency regulates beer, and not very well. The Department of Treasury — the same folks who collect your taxes — oversees alcoholic beverages. That probably explains why we know more about what’s in a can of Coke than a can of Bud.”
Check out this list of harmful ingredients that are commonly found in beer. You might be surprised!
- GMO Corn Syrup
- GMO Corn
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Fish Bladder
- Propylene Glycol
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- “Natural” Flavors
- GMO Sugars
- Caramel Coloring
- Insect-Based Dyes
Thanks to the hidden ingredients above, you might want to rethink drinking these six common beers if they happen to be on your list of favorites:
This beer is advertised almost everywhere, but it contains genetically modified (GMO) corn. In 2007, an experimental GMO rice was discovered in Budweiser beer.
2. Corona Extra
This might be your drink of choice while relaxing on a beach, but Corona Extra contains GMO corn syrup and Propylene Glycol, which is believed to be harmful to your health.
3. Michelob Ultra
Michelob Ultra is a popular choice for those on a low-carb diet, but it contains a genetically modified sweetener known as GMO dextrose.
4. Pabst Blue Ribbon
This beer has been found to contain both GMO corn and GMO corn syrup, and the company has stated that their corn syrup are “special.”
5. Miller Coors
Not only does Miller Coors use corn syrup in their beers, they’ve stated that using GMOs gives their beer a milder and lighter-bodied flavor. This includes Miller Lite and Coors Light.
If you like to enjoy a cold beer every once in a while, make sure you’re choosing beers that are GMO free. A good choice would be a certified organic beer such as Bison, Pinkus, Samuel Smith’s Organic Ale, or Wolaver’s. Certified organic beers are required by law not to contain GMOs. Non-organic beers that are GMO free include Heineken, Amstel Light, Ayinger and Sierra Nevada. Do your research about the beers you commonly drink. If your favorite drink contains harmful hidden ingredients, it might be time to find a new one. Check out the video below to find out more about the ingredients that might be hiding in your favorite cold brew.