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8 Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately

Many of us choose what we eat very carefully, or at least dedicate our minimum attention to it. But when it comes to drinks, especially alcoholic beverages, we do little to make the best decisions for our health. Which is a HUGE mistake. All the work for your body can be ruined in a weekend out. While foods and non alcoholic beverages are required to list their ingredients and are monitored by the FDA, beer does not belong in either. Alcohol industry had lobbied for years to avoid labeling its ingredients. Some to protect its recipes, but most – to hide harmful ingredients.

Here’s some harmful ingredients that are commonly found in beer:

  • 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
  • Carrageenan
  • BPA
  • & lots more!

Here are the 8 beers that are commonly found in bars in United States that you should stop drinking immediately.

1. Newcastle Brown Ale

The Newcastle beer has been found to contain caramel coloring. Class 3 and 4 caramel coloring is made from ammonia, which is classified as a carcinogen. While alcohol is a carcinogen itself, drinking it in moderation may decrease your chances at developing cancer. However, more added carcinogens will have the opposite effect. “The one and only” beer with extra cancer causing qualities.

2. Budweiser

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One of the most popular beers, or most advertised is Budweiser. Budweiser contains genetically modified (GMO) rice. Greenpeace discovered experimental GMO rice in Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) beer in 2007.

3. Corona Extra

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I used to love Corona’s commercials. They were so peaceful and relaxing. That is until I found out that the beer contains GMO Corn Syrup and Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is controversial, and is said to may be potentially harmful to your health.

4. Miller Lite

This is another very popular beer in America that contains GMOs. Miller Lite contains GMO corn and corn syrup. It’s “GMO time”.

5. Michelob Ultra

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Less popular but still readily available Michelob beer, should be eliminated from your choices. This beer has been found to contain a genetically modified sweetener (GMO dextrose).

6. Guinness

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Guinness is often praised for it’s smoothness.  However, several investigations proved that Guinness ingredients are quite disturbing. The beer contains isinglass, an ingredient which comes from fish bladder and high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup has been long banned from many stores and drinks.

Update: Good news! We’ve contacted Guinness and they have stated that they no longer use high fructose corn syrup in any of their beers.

7. Coors Light

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Coors light is a drink that is very popular at bars and among college students.  Mostly because its cheap. The beer contains GMO corn syrup.

8. Pabst Blue Ribbon

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Pabst Blue Ribbon contains GMO corn and GMO corn syrup.

Healthy Beer Alternatives

So when it comes to beer you have to be very careful. Your best option is to find a microbrewery that you can trust. As with everything, try to avoid cheap, low-quality products. Bars may offer Coors Light, Miller Lite or Budweiser specials, but they are cheap for a reason. The rest of the world is banning GMOs everywhere, while USA is lagging years behind, and only several states offer GMO labeling laws. Try to stay away from any American beers. Choose organic beer. Beers that contain 100% organic labels, have to have ingredients that are all 100% organic. While an “organic” label just means 95% of it will be organic.  European beer is most likely to be safe from GMO ingredients but unfortunately, most other beer contains GMO artificial ingredients, stabilizers, grains and preservatives, plus, HFCS.

GMO Free Beers:

Organic Beers (Unpasteurized & Unfiltered) 

  • Wolaver’s – all beers
  • Lamar Street – Whole Foods label (brewed by Goose Island)
  • Bison – all beers
  • Dogfish Head (organic when ingredients available)
  • Fish Brewery Company – Fish Tale Ales
  • Lakefront Brewery – Organic ESB
  • Brooklyn – (organic when ingredients are available)
  • Pinkus – all beers
  • Samuel Smiths – Samuel Smiths Organic Ale
  • Wychwood – Scarecrow Ale

Non-Organic Beers (Unpasteurized & Unfiltered)

  • Sierra Nevada – all choices
  • Duck Rabbit – Brown Ale, Porter, Amber Ale, Milk Stout
  • Dogfish Head- 60 Minute IPA, Shelter Pale Ale, Chicory Stout
  • Shipyard – Summer Brew
  • Victory Brewery – Whirlwind
  • North Coast – Blue Star
  • Bridgeport – IPA (Bottle conditioned)
  • Ayinger – all choices
  • Royal Oak – Pale Ale
  • Fraziskaner – Hefeweisse and Dunkel Weisse
  • Weihenstephaner – Hefe Weissbier
  • Maisel’s – Weisse
  • Hoegaarden – Belgian Wit

Other

  • Heineken
  • Steamwhistle
  • Amstel Light
  • Duchy Original Ale Organic
  • Mill Street Brewery
  • Fuller’s Organic
  • Nelson Organic Ale
  • Natureland Organic

Share This with Fellow Beer Drinkers

It’s important to expose companies that use harmful ingredients in our products. This information is hidden from the public with millions of dollars of false advertising, laws, etc. You can always vote with your money. As this information about GMO beers spreads, we will see a decrease in production of these beers and the companies may eliminate the harmful ingredients altogether. Most importantly, when you hang out with your friends, you will be able to share beer that’s more delicious and healthier.

If you have any additional information about GMO or non-gmo beers, or want to correct some of the information, simply e-mail us or leave a comment with evidence bellow.

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89 Comments

    • Although derived from a natural source, carrageenan appears to be particularly destructive to the digestive system, triggering an immune response similar to that your body has when invaded by pathogens like Salmonella. The result: “Carrageenan predictably causes inflammation, which can lead to ulcerations and bleeding,”

      • So can you provide a link to an article detailing an explosion of “ulcerations and bleeding”? What is the likelihood (probability) that carrageenan causes ulcerations and bleeding? You used the words “can lead”. Breathing oxygen “can lead” to death if you breathe PURE oxygen.

  • Is every story on this page as scientifically shallow as this? This article was full of “may have” and”potential” for blah blah blah. “Contains GMO corn syrup or grains”. So what? That GMO grains/syrup are consumed by yeast and converted into alcohol. What is the proof of any harm to humans?

    Allow me to answer-nothing. But if depriving yourself of any of these products makes you feel better about yourself (and supports your superiority complex because YOU only go ORGANIC0, have at it. Lower demand for my Newcastle will hopefully lead to a glut of supply and lower cost for me.

    • If you have any evidence that supports your points, feel free to share. A lot of people come not only to share but to learn from others as well.

      As for your point about the “superiority complex”, that seems rather shallow. People choose to buy food that is organic, as it adheres to higher standards and is many times purer than their non-organic counterparts. Also, people don’t base all their decisions on what to buy based on their want to be “superior” to others, some just want to improve their health and food is a great place to start.

      As to “GMOs, so what”, if a food or ingredient is up for debate on whether it’s harmful to your health, you don’t want to be a test bunny and wait to find out who is right. Unfortunately, more often then not it turns out that foods companies are not very honest. These companies will literally do anything possible to save a penny, regardless on what these savings may do to your health. So give people a break that simply don’t want GMOs in their food.

      “Superiority complex is a psychological defense mechanism in which a person’s feelings of superiority counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority” – I think this definition may apply more to you than those who shop for organic food.

      • It’s isn’t up to debate on how GMOs affect the body, a cursory glance at any medical text book on digestion and the process of breaking down protein and nucleotides you would see the possibility for danger or harm due to these genes is non existent. However if you feel the need to personally abstain from them, then I say go ahead but please don’t try and spread misinformation that isn’t backed up by scientific evidence.

        • “Nonexistent” is overstating the case. Case in point:

          http://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/14/us/genetic-engineering-of-crops-can-spread-allergies-study-shows.html

          GMOs aren’t inherently unsafe, but they aren’t inherently safe either, and blanket statements about GMO safety should be looked on with suspicion whether they’re positive or negative. There are risks, and effective regulation is needed to address them.

          But I agree this feature is the worst kind of simple-minded GMO-scare stuff. And it poisons the well for thoughtful discussion of more serious issues with genetic engineering in agriculture–monopoly economics, poor cost/benefit performance to date, and inseparability from unsustainable ways of farming, as well as safety/regulation issues.

    • I think YOU are what you eat, as a medical professional NOW DAYS alot of Physicians are actually recommending a healthier diet that does not consist of processed foods they are leaning to organic, and non processed where I work at.. There is nothing more saddening than seeing someone come into a medical facility finding out they are terminal or have some horrendous ailment that could of been prevented by diet…..

    • RT,

      Several studies published in peer reviewed journals suggests that GMO’s are harmful to the health of mammals – in various ways. You can read all about them in this article by Chris Kresser. link below. There are notations throughout the article linked to the peer reviewed journal publication websites and their research results.

      There are also several reports and research showing that there are no harmful effects of GMO. Those reports are also noted and linked in the article below.

      The conflict of interest – or reason why there is still a debate, is because all of the research that illustrates that GMO’s are safe, have been paid for and performed by the biotech companies responsible for commercializing the GM plants. These same researchers admit that more research needs to be done.

      So the jury is still out until further research is performed.

      So at this point, you make a personal decision based on your understanding and intuition.

      I choose not to eat GMO because I feel that most of the evidence is leading to it being harmful for people and the ecology and will continue to avoid it until I read more peer reviewed research that proves one way or another that it is safe. I also won’t campaign against it until that time.

      Hope this helps

      http://chriskresser.com/are-gmos-safe/

  • Since they are made by the same company, should I assume that Miller Highlife also contains GMO corn and corn syrup? If so, that kinda sucks.

  • Using fish bladders is a pretty common filtration process used by brewers. Vegan/Vegetarian drinkers should be well aware that Guinness is by no means made unique by using this process. Expect any darker beer, especially an import, of having this.

  • Some things in this are reasonable, but GMO corn? – in and of itself, this is nothing but pseudoscience fluff for the gullible. There is absolutely zero peer-reviewed scientific evidence that GMO corn is any worse for you than non-GMO corn. Now as for corn syrup, it’s well…sugar…and sugar is proven to be horrible for you in all forms, be it organic cane sugar or HFCS. Avoid it.

    • Multiple animal studies show significant immune dysregulation, including upregulation of cytokines associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation. 6,11 Animal studies also show altered structure and function of the liver, including altered lipid and carbohydrate metabolism as well as cellular changes that could lead to accelerated aging and possibly lead to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). 7,8,10 Changes in the kidney, pancreas and spleen have also been documented. 6,8,10 A recent 2008 study links GM corn with infertility, showing a significant decrease in offspring over time and significantly lower litter weight in mice fed GM corn.8 This study also found that over 400 genes were found to be expressed differently in the mice fed GM corn. These are genes known to control protein synthesis and modification, cell signaling, cholesterol synthesis, and insulin regulation. Studies also show intestinal damage in animals fed GM foods, including proliferative cell growth9 and disruption of the intestinal immune system.6

      http://aaemonline.org/gmopost.html

    • The problem isn’t necessarily that ingesting GMOs is harmful to your physical health. it is that GMOs are developed to withstand high pesticide concentrations to make it easier to kill weeds and pests without harming the crop. The pests develop tolerances so stronger pesticides are required so GMOs are made heartier and the cycle continues. Before long we’re dumping exponentially more pesticides into the environment and that IS harmful to everyone’s health. Note that Monsanto makes roundup as well as GMO seeds.

      • So the slippery slope course applies here? Hmmm. Can you take responsibility for the people that will starve because of sustainability issues without the “GMO” foods?

    • The sugar isn’t even present in the final product. At least not in large amounts. HFCS is Fructose and Glucose, which are quickly consumed by yeast when the wort is fermented, being simple sugars. However, there are some complex sugars that make it into the final fermented beer for some styles.

  • This is a bit of a stretch in regards to the fish bladders… You’re referring to Isinglass, a form of collagen used as a fining agent that helps remove suspended solids and clarify beer and wine. Yes, it is derived from fish bladders. It is widely used by homebrewers. Would you prefer they use a synthetic alternative or some sort of chemical?

    • A lot of people, not just vegans, would like to know what’s in their food and drinks, and where it comes from. Some people just prefer to keep any ingredients that come from animals, fish or insects out of their drinks.

      • Its ALARMING to know here in the US we have had TRUTH in advertising laws for decades, yet lag decades behind most the world regarding TRUTH in labeling laws! Shouldn’t every individual have the basic CHOICE to KNOW exactly WHAT it is we are putting into our bodies(?) No two people are going to agree on every ingredient, but I sure as hell would like to have the freedom of choice when it comes to KNOWING exactly what I am (or am not) putting into my body (or my childrens bodies)! Actually this article is just the tip of the iceberg… is it any wonder WHY one of the greatest nations on earth has such an ALARMING number of UNHEALTHY people(?)

    • You got here before me….there are some good points here, but is anyone really shocked that cheap crappy beer is made with cheap crappy ingredients?

      • beg to quibble, Myles. Regular yellow belly Coors beer is not on the list and is relatively inexpensive ($20 for an 18 pack at Walmart). Ditto somewhat more expensive XX from dusty and water scarce Monterrey, MX. Aside: now that Guiness Draft is w/o the hi fruct c.s. and it’s clarifier seems to be safe … why still on the list?

  • “Being made from a carcinogen” doesn’t mean “is a carcinogen”. Note that cooked yucca (cassava) is made from raw, unprocessed yucca, which is toxic.

  • Unreal, the rest of the world is banning GMOs while the U.S. is lagging years behind. We should ask why is this the case. Is it possible that we have a stumbling block called politicians? Possibly, because of outside interests, pressure is put upon them to vote against anything related to GMOs that will inform the U.S. people what they are eating and drinking. (NOTE: See the movie Casino Jack for clarification)
    Europe does not stand for this nonsense hence biochemical companies like Monsanto,Dupont & Bayer are not allowed to do business and employ the tactics of pressuring farmers to use their GMO seeds as they do in the states. IMO

    The
    rest of the world is banning GMOs everywhere, while USA is lagging
    years behind, and only several states offer GMO labeling laws. – See
    more at:
    http://www.organics.org/8-beers-that-you-should-stop-drinking-immediately/#9
    The
    rest of the world is banning GMOs everywhere, while USA is lagging
    years behind, and only several states offer GMO labeling laws. – See
    more at:
    http://www.organics.org/8-beers-that-you-should-stop-drinking-immediately/#9
    The
    rest of the world is banning GMOs everywhere, while USA is lagging
    years behind, and only several states offer GMO labeling laws. – See
    more at:
    http://www.organics.org/8-beers-that-you-should-stop-drinking-immediately/#9

      • Most European governments, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, and the list goes on. Sure, it has nothing to do with huge lobbying efforts to deceive Americans and prevent them from even knowing what’s in their food.

  • Stop drinking Guiness and Newcastle Brown Ale? You must be mad – some of the drinks that you list I would hesitate to call beer, no matter what the manufacturers say – is Bud really a beer?

  • In what world has high fructose corn syrup been banned from drinks? That one ‘fact’ shot a fatal hole in this article.

  • Quite possibly the stupidest list I have ever read. There is NOT ONE SHRED of evidence that GMOs are harmful in any way. And “natural flavors” is on the list? Look up “naturalistic fallacy” while you’re at it.

    • “Multiple animal studies show significant immune dysregulation, including upregulation of cytokines associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation. Animal studies also show altered structure and function of the liver, including altered lipid and carbohydrate metabolism as well as cellular changes that could lead to accelerated aging and possibly lead to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Changes in the kidney, pancreas and spleen have also been documented. A recent 2008 study links GM corn with infertility, showing a significant decrease in offspring over time and significantly lower litter weight in mice fed GM corn. This study also found that over 400 genes were found to be expressed differently in the mice fed GM corn. These are genes known to control protein synthesis and modification, cell signaling, cholesterol synthesis, and insulin regulation. Studies also show intestinal damage in animals fed GM foods, including proliferative cell growth9 and disruption of the intestinal immune system.”

      http://aaemonline.org/ gmopost. html

      Does this translate to humans? Not proven or disproven yet, but your “not one shred of evidence” has been, um, shredded.

      • Was this a double blind study? Were all the animals in question kept in an environment with no outside interference? What were the control groups like? Where is this evidence. Cite sources please. Did you really link to some horrible website from the nineties? If they’re so smart maybe they could write some decent php. Sorry, I digress. I like your copypasta btw.

      • You didn’t “shred” anything, you didn’t cite sources, so you have failed to make me believe that you have any idea that what you are talking about even happened. Plus, this food the animals were fed, it didn’t happen to be hotpockets, because that stuff tears me up too.

    • James, there needs to be just as much (and a lot more) evidence for GMOs as there are against it. People don’t want to be the lab rats. The problem with GMOs and any other modification of natural foods, is that the effects can hardly ever be pinned down on GMOs or anything else. As there are thousands of other things that could cause a “malfunction” within your body.

      When they are putting GMOs in food, and literally spend millions AGAINST labeling their own “world saving” ingredients, that is a red flag in almost any person’s book. Not to mention all the flaws that are always popping up, like bugs having already evolved immunity to GMO corn.

  • Any opinions on Finnigan’s Irish Amber? Its my fav casual drink and would hate to see it stuffed with bad stuff…

  • Queue hysterical anti gmo BS. Humans have been modifying plant genetics for thousands of years via crossbreeding. The fact is without gmo crops and advanced fertilization techniques more than half of humanity would starve to death immediately. So unless you are willing to take -personal- responsibility for a few Billion deaths, shut up.

    There is a lot of hysteria about gmo effects but not a shred of evidence that stands up under examination.

    Just more hippie-luddite anti technological Gaea worship.

      • They weren’t “splicing” DNA as you call it, but thy have been manipulating things like corn and animals by genetic means. There is no proof that GMOs are harmful only anecdotal evidence. Knowing what I know, I can’t trust anyone that doesn’t cite references, sources, or have anything useful to say other than “Ermahgerd GMOs!”. Becoming hysterical about things that haven’t happened is sad.

  • Do you have any idea what GMO really is?? It is simply hybrid plants, College students are paid to cut tassles from corn plants and then the tassles are brushed on other corn plants.

    google Native American corn, ears were about 3 inches long, poorly developed and you could not eat it, it had to be ground to make a paste.

    Same for Barley and Wheat and rice.. If you stopped eating everything that was called GMO you would starve.

    Your stupid house dog is a GMO product, thats right its also called selective breeding.

  • I can tell you with certainty that Budweiser has rice and Busch has corn, not vice versa like the article states. It even says so on the label. Also, as others have stated, isinglass is perfectly harmless. Very shoddy research here.

  • Heinekin contains enough adjuncts to be known as the Hangover King, yet it’s listed as a good alternative…along with every yuppie micro-brew in sight.
    The article fails to mention that ANY beer brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, or Purity Act (Germany) will be chemical-free, and contain only whole, natural ingredients. There are beers brewed in the States that follow these guidelines-NONE of which are mentioned.

    • Heineken is listed because it does not use GMO ingredients in its beer. It’s a good alternative for those who may not see any other alternatives at their local bars / liquor stores.

      As always, we encourage users to share their knowledge, so we can all learn from each other. This article was submitted by a user who took their time and did their best in collecting the information. There are obviously a ton more healthier alternatives which we did not discover, so I am sure a lot of people would appreciate it if you shared what you know.

  • Since all of these beers suck except for Guinness, I am interested to know just how much HFCS is actually in Guinness, the fish bladder thing doesn’t worry me.

  • This posts has so many holes in it it used words like “may” cause cancer and its trying to say dont buy domestic beer. Well atleast I dont see my two favorite Yeungling and Sam Adams!

  • Drinking alcohol in general can be harmful to your health so why don’t we just stop drinking it altogether….

  • Guinness does not use high fructose corn syrup, I wrote and asked them, here is the response I got back:

    Thank you for taking time to contact Guinness. Your feedback is important to us.

    In response to your inquiry, no, we do not use high fructose corn syrup in Guinness Beer anywhere around the world. If there is anything else we could help you with now or in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Once again, thank you for contacting Guinness.

    Sincerely,

    John
    Guinness Consumer Care Representative

  • The people over at worldtruth.tv ripped off your article word for word, just to let you know. That and your article is woefully lacking sources to argue in favor of your opinion; The ATSDR statement makes no mention of the concerns you brought up on Propylene Glycol.

  • I love the lack of knowledge and understanding about what has chemicals in it and what “GMO”s are. It’s sad, but hey, live how you want.

    • Would you say the same to your kids? Probably not. If you know something that the rest of us don’t seem to be getting, instead of criticizing others for not understanding, you should use this time to enlighten and present them with facts. If they choose to accept this evidence, then great, if not, at least you’ve tried. But no one likes someone who just stands there, watches and judges without being helpful or trying to make a change.

      There’s a reason why the comments section is added. It’s so we can contribute information and share it with others in an effort to better ourselves. Providing your opinion, putting down the author or others, is not as helpful as providing evidence and facts and keeping any personal feelings out of it.

  • All information and everything new is not “new” at all. They all come from things that already exist. There is nothing wrong in using another article as reference. We are here to share information and to grow our knowledge. While the author did their best making sure that the sources are reputable, that doesn’t meant that some of the information can’t be incorrect. Welcome to the internet. Do your own research, come share with us, and we’ll be more than happy to update the post as new facts unravel.

  • “High fructose corn syrup has been long banned from many stores and drinks.”
    On what planet????
    Get grip on yourself. This is propaganda, slamming ALL of the domestic beers and marketing beers we never heard of, except Sierra Nevada and Heineken.
    So, THEY must have commissioned this study!

    • Here’s our response to the initial sentence you quoted:

      The author of the article probably did not mean banned as in by law. However, some stores such as Whole Foods, list them among “unacceptable ingredients for food” and choose not to allow products containing HFCS in their stores. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/unacceptable-ingredients-food

      Also, many drinks choose to no longer use HFCS as a part of their ingredients. As of 2009, Snapple is one of them.

      As for your last point, Organics.org doesn’t stand to profit regardless of what beers are on this list, or even how many people read the article. The fact that the author listed beers that you have not heard of, is not a bad thing. Many beers are on this list are made in microbreweries and are not owned by large companies. Thus, they are able to focus on creating higher quality products. The only reason Sierra Nevada and Heineken were probably listed, is because bars don’t usually offer the microbrewery beers, and those are the only non-gmo alternatives left.

      If you can provide some evidence against any of the beers listed, we’ll be sure to add a note next to them or remove them altogether.

  • Organics.org does not get paid by anyone to provide free content to its users. As a matter a fact, we did / and do pay a lot of money in creating this website and maintaining it as it grows. The purpose is simple, it’s so we can learn from one another and create a healthier environment.

    “If i didn’t grow it in my very own garden, i wouldn’t call it Organic” – I don’t disagree with your stance, but the fact is, unfortunately, not everyone is going to grow their own food. So what’s the best option that is available besides your local farmers? It’s organic food at the local food store, as it has some kind of guidelines and regulations.

    As stated in several posts, we highly encourage everyone to grow their own food, instead of spending the same time and money in maintaining their empty lawns.

    • evading the question brian. and herbicides are still pesticides.
      also it definitely makes 0 sense that an inorganic anything will have DNA. I believe the sentence you were looking for may be that they spliced the DNA so the plant would produce glyphosate or be resistant to it, I forget exactly what it is.

  • I am very surprised that in this entire list of comments, no one has mentioned the fact that the vast majority of craft beer does not contain GMO products or any of the other additives mentioned (with the exception of fish bladder – isinglass). Most craft beers only contain water, yeast, hops, and barley. GMO hops do not exist, and GMO barley is certainly not common (I’m not even sure that it exists). There are also often additives to the water to produce specific levels of hardness, etc… but nothing that wouldn’t already be found in tap water.

    Other grains commonly used by craft brewers include wheat and rye, and neither of these represent common GMO crops either. If concerned about GMOs, you really only need to avoid macro beers because those are almost the only beers brewed using rice and corn. There are very few exceptions for some craft beer styles, like cream ales, which do use corn in the brewing process.

    So, in short, drink craft beer… and don’t limit yourself to the few brands listed at the end of this article!

  • Beer making is a simple but fairly exacting art. Most of the grain sugars are converted to other products by the type of yeast used. Then we have Hops of several different varieties. All very different and producing different flavours. Table sugar makes a lot of acetone based products which leave your head extra sore. The Corn Sugar is nearly all converted to ethanol and carbon dioxide (pressure and fizz which makes the head form). Malt from grain is mainly converted to alcohol and the proteins, vitamins and minerals. A real shame the filter most of the really good part out to achieve uniformity and clarity. Like anything don’t judge it by what it takes to make it. End result analysis would be more credible. Anything else is only theory.

    If it contains anything but yeast, hops, water, and malt from grain. It can’t be legally or honestly called beer. That’s on most of the packaging.

  • Not true that no laboratory studies prove the deleterious effects of gmo food. In one major study rats that were fed strictly gmo food died a year or so later of cancer and tumors. Rats fed non gmo lived out natural life spans between 2 to 3 years.

  • WELL–THANK GOODNESS I DRINK HEINIKEN–THE COMPANY IS 160 YEARS OLD–AND I HAVE HAD KTHE PLEASURE OF ITS TASTE FOR 50 OF THOSE YEARS–AND MADE A GREAT INVESTMENT IN THEIR STOCK IN 1989

  • It’s funny that everyone is arguing about the health value of GMOs and fish bladder in a drink who’s primary active ingredient is poison….. if you’re willing to drink that, in moderation or not, why not the other crap?

  • In reply to some of the folks INCORRECTLY posting information about GMO’s…)
    I use to think along the same lines as you but then I WOKE THE HELL UP! I strongly urge/beg of you to PLEASE Google MONSANTO and do some additional fact checking on the GMO topic before continuing to lead anymore innocent people down a very dangerous path. Hybridizing and crossbreeding are EXTREMELY different processes than the GMO process!!! It’s one thing to crossbreed a plant or animal to achieve an “interesting” new species… HOWEVER… when you “GMO” (GENETICALLY MODIFY) billions of plant seeds in a lab to start producing their own TOXIC WEED KILLER as they grow… it is just a matter of time before that TOXIC WEED KILLER makes it s way through the food chain and ends up on your plate… and it gets worse… Humans aren’t the only one’s effected… studies are beginning to show that GMO plants may be having an ALARMING & DEVASTATING impact on CRUCIALLY BENEFICIAL pollinating insects such as Bees, etc… If you can spare just 5 minutes… I again urge you to PLEASE Google MONSANTO, GMO & BEES… you will be very glad you did!

  • The plants don’t produce their own pesticides or herbicides, they are resistant to the aforementioned. I can understand your uncertainty with pesticides and herbicides but genetic modification is not inherently harmful. I don’t think these people are trying to troll; they probably saw this article on facebook, were skeptical (as we all should be about the entire internet) and decided to bring some of the facts to light while these websites try to spread pseudoscience and scare you with scary buzzwords and bullshit about ingredients you know nothing about. By the way, you should focus more on eating locally regardless of whether the food is GMO, I would contend that the greater detriment to our environment (and thus our collective and individual health) is the transportation of food products as opposed to its production or the manipulation of the DNA of plants or animals for whatever means. Again, I recommend you eat locally and avoid the pesticides and herbicides as opposed to being anal retentive about GMOs. Just my opinion (as a culinary student, organic urban gardener, brewer, and educated consumer).

  • This is not true. Often the genes used are from completely different species. The genes put into corn originate from animals, not just plants. Crossbreeding is taking pollen from one plant and putting it on another and selecting the preferred offspring and doing it again. GMO is using a virus to insert the DNA into the plant that originated in a different animal.

  • Two other points to consider, 1) is the beer brewed in an area that fluoridates its water? 2) is the beer put in aluminum cans?

  • I concur with Steve. isinglass is a natural and important fining agent used pervasively throughout the brewing world. And it’s used to hold together proteins that can then be filtered out of the beer (along with the isinglass). On what basis do you claim that this is harmful?

  • I just got done reading an article on Guinness:

    While Diageo, the manufacturer, makes no health claims for the product, scientific research shows a pint of Guinness a day is actually good for your health.
    Indeed it may work as well as a low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks.
    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin made the discovery recently.
    The Wisconsin scientists gave Guinness to dogs who had narrowed arteries. They found the Guinness worked as well as aspirin in preventing clots forming.
    The researchers told a convention of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Florida, that a pint of Guinness taken at meal time had the best impact.
    They believe that antioxidant compounds in the Guinness are responsible for the health benefits because they decrease harmful cholesterol gathering on the artery walls.

    It does say a pint a day though :)

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