We all knew it was true, but now it’s official

Researchers at the University of Granada in Spain have confirmed what cyclists have known for years. Beer really is a superior drink to water after heavy exercise.

And I quote:

Professor Manuel Garzon, a member of Granada’s medical faculty, made the finding after tests on 25 students over several months. Researchers believe that it is the sugars, salts, and bubbles in a beer that may help people absorb fluids more quickly.

The subjects in the study were asked to run on a treadmill at temperatures of 104F (40C) until they were close to exhaustion. Once they had reached the point of giving up, researchers measured their hydration levels, motor skills, and concentration ability.

Half of the subjects were given two half pints of Spanish lager to drink, and the other half were given just water.

Garzon said that the rehydration effection in those who were given beer was “slightly better” than those who were given only water. He also believes that the carbon dioxide in beer helps quench thirst more quickly, and that beer’s carbohydrates replace calories lost during physical exertion.

So that settles it. But just to ensure the message is getting across:

Based on the results of the study, researchers recommend moderate consumption of beer as a part of athletes’ diets.

See you in the pub, bitches.

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