Hydrating beer that may help with hangovers and provide more refreshment for athletes and drinkers alike is being studied by health researchers who are looking at adding electrolytes to beer, Yahoo! reported this Friday, Aug. 16. These researchers think they may be able to make beer up to three times more able to re-hydrate consumers with enough time.
The hydrating beer tests have been conducted in Queensland, where Griffith Health Institute scientists have discovered that inputting a certain number of electrolytes to beer can make it retain taste and properties, but better hydrate drinkers while even possibly helping ease potential hangovers.
One professor, Ben Desbrow, claims that this rehydration process can be accomplished without negatively affecting the taste of his hydrating beer.
"This first investigation was really just having a look to see could we manipulate the electrolyte properties of beer and the alcohol content of beer to potentially influence its rehydration potential,” the researcher said. “We know that beer is a very popular drink with people, particularly after ... sport or exertion.”
He added that it’s about finding a balance between adding a rehydration factor (and better health/less hangover issues) to beer while not impacting taste or its status as a kick-back drink.
"From our perspective it's about exploring harm minimisation approaches that may still allow people to potentially drink beer as a beverage but lower the risks associated with the alcohol consumption - and hopefully improve rehydration potential."
Hydrating beer won’t have anything on water, the good professor added, but the electrolyte-added beer would still be able to help athletes or those out on a hot night on the town reduce the negative influences of alcohol and even lessen the hangover aftermath.
Of the four beers that that have tested and researched so far, one light beer has been effective at better rehydrating the body, and was more retained due to the added electrolytes than regular beer.
The rehydrating beer study is still ongoing.