The Roger Post: "Mostly Healthy Ingredients"
Today's stunner comes from the alcohol industry. According to foodbabe.com, many of the world's most popular beers like Budweiser, Coors, Miller, Corona, Guinness have genetically modified ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, fish bladders and other not-generally-recognized-as-beer-ingredient ingredients.
Why no ingredients on beer labels?
Ever notice there are no ingredients on beer labels. That's 'cause the FDA (food and drug administration) does not regulate alcohol. Alcohol, for some reason is not "food" in the eyes of the government. Instead alcohol is regulated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a throwback to prohibition days. And they're alcohol labeling rules a lot less stringent than the FDA.
What's actually in your beer:
According to foodbabe, popular beers like Newcastle Brown Ale contain caramel coloring which is considered a carcinogen in California; Budweiser uses GMO rice; There is high fructose corn syrup and fish bladder in Guinness Stout.
Sam Adams beer?
I contacted Samuel Adams, the largest craft brewer in the U.S. about their ingredients, but they did not respond to my questions, which raises questions. However they do claim nearly all of their beers are vegan, with the exceptions of Honey Porter and Cherry Wheat which have honey, so that would obviate the fish-bladder ingredient, but not the GMO corn syrup.
The Pittsburgh Beer Snob also detected what he believes are artificial flavors in some of the Sam Adams brews, notably Cherry Wheat and Summer Ale.
The better beers? Think Germany
The beers with the purest ingredients include just about any German beer. Germany has strict regulations on the types of ingredients that can be used in making beer, some of which date back hundreds of years to the German Purity Law “Reinheitsgebot.”
Heineken and Sierra Nevada, according to the article, do not use GMO's. No word on their other ingredients however.
So far, organic beers by their definition cannot contain chemicals, pesticide or GMO's. Time to belly up to the organic bar?
Ingredients allowed in U.S. beer, besides water, malt yeast and hops
This list comes from “Chemicals Additives in Beer” by the Center of Science and Public Interest.
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – alcohol is already addictive with some people, but with MSG?! Holy smokes.
- Propylene Glycol (an ingredient found in anti-freeze)
- Calcium Disodium EDTA (made from formaldehyde, sodium cayanide, and Ethylenediamine). Many different types of sulfites and anti-microbial preservatives (linked to allergies and asthma)
- Natural Flavors (can come from anything natural including a beavers anal gland)
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- GMO Sugars – Dextrose, Corn Syrup
- Caramel Coloring (Class III or IV made from ammonia and classified as a carcinogen)
- FD&C Blue 1 (Made from petroleum, linked to allergies, asthma and hyperactivity)
- FD&C Red 40 (Made from petroleum, linked to allergies, asthma and hyperactivity)
- FD&C Yellow 5 (Made from petroleum, linked to allergies, asthma and hyperactivity)
- Insect-Based Dyes: carmine derived from cochineal insects to color their beer.
- Animal Based Clarifiers: Findings include isinglass (dried fish bladder), gelatin (from skin, connective tissue, and bones), and casein (found in milk)
- Foam Control: Used for head retention; (glyceryl monostearate and pepsin are both potentially derived from animals)
- BPA (Bisphenol A is a component in many can liners and it may leach into the beer. BPA can mimic the female hormone estrogen and may affect sperm count, and other organ functions.)
- Carrageenan (linked to inflammation in digestive system, IBS and considered a carcinogen in some circumstances)