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The Shocking Ingredients In Beer – Aussie Beer Drinkers are very LUCKY!…

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Is beer really healthy? Why are the ingredients not listed on the label? Which brands can we trust? Which brands are trying to slowly poison us with cheap and harmful ingredients? All of these questions were going through my head at once at lightning speed. So a year ago, I started to research what was really in beer and after questioning several beer companies, reading books about food science, and talking to experts, the information I discovered was downright shocking.

I see it all the time. Someone who eats organic, makes the right choices at the grocery store, is fit and lives an extraordinarily healthy lifestyle but then drinks beer like it is going out of style.

Caring about what you eat doesn’t necessarily translate into caring about what you drink and this is a HUGE MISTAKE.

Before we get into what exactly is in beer that you should be worried about, let’s talk about how body reacts to alcohol in general.

Alcohol is metabolized by the body differently than all other calories you consume. Alcohol is one of the only substances that you consume that can permeate your digestive system and go straight into your bloodstream. It bypasses normal digestion and is absorbed into the body intact, where it goes straight into the liver.

Your liver is your main fat-burning organ. If you are trying to lose weight or even maintain your ideal weight, drinking alcohol is one of your worst enemies. The liver is going to metabolize alcohol first vs. the fat you want to get rid of – making weight loss even harder. Additionally, one of the primary functions of the liver is to remove environmental toxins from your body – if it is overtaxed with alcohol, the normal removal of these toxins becomes extremely diminished and can result in rapid aging, loss of libido, and other diseases.

The one thing that has gotten me before and I’m sure many of you – is the health marketing claims on alcohol products making drinking them seem like a good idea and an added “benefit” to your health. The low alcohol content of beer makes it appear as an innocuous beverage and something people throw back without even thinking about it. Who hasn’t seen those studies that say a beer a day is great for you (I want to ask who ever stops at just one beer?)?

So, inherently, alcohol by itself is not a healthy person’s best friend – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Beer, especially American beer, is made with all sorts of ingredients beyond the basic hops, malt and yeast. There are numerous other ingredients used to clarify, stabilize, preserve, enhance the color and flavor of beer.

When you drink beer, there is almost a 100% chance that you don’t know what you are drinking (unless you quizzed the beer companies like I did). The ingredients in beer are not required by law to be listed anywhere on the label and manufacturers have no legal obligation to disclose the ingredients. For regular beer, calorie levels and percent alcohol are optional and for light beer calories are mandatory but alcohol levels are optional.

YOU MUST Read More Here:

NOTE: In Australia, Fourex (XXXX) beer and other Lion Brand beers do NOT have any nasty GMOs or Preservatives – see

“It is Lion Policy not to use Genetically Modified ingredients or Yeasts or ingredients derived from Genetically Modified Organisms in the brewing of any of our beers.

 All brewing ingredient suppliers to Lion must have certification to confirm the absence of any Genetic modification or use of GMOs in their production processes.

 We don’t currently use corn, soy or rice in the brands we brew in AUS in any of our Lion brands.”

This is the same for Carlton United Brewers; this is their response:


Foster’s Australia – GM Query

 Discussion Thread

 Response Via Email (Jo)

16/09/2013 03:55 PM

Hi Craft,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us at CUB.

The article that you are referring to is in regards to the US Foster’s which is produced in the US by MillerCoors. CUB (Foster’s Australia) can confirm that Australian beer products do not contain ingredients derived from Genetically Modified crops.

We appreciate your concerns and can reassure you that we are fully committed to understanding and disclosing the impact of GE materials on our full supply chain, not just the crop component. We recognise this area is highly complex and of concern to our consumers and we continue to work closely with suppliers to investigate any potential future impact of GM based raw materials and process aids on our portfolio. As a company policy across our global activities, CUB’s uses no ingredients that would require labelling for GMO. In addition, CUB’s meets all regulatory and Food Standards requirements for the use and declaration of Gene Technology in all markets where products are sold.

Beers do not have to list nutritional information on their labels. This is a listed exemption for food labelling in the Australian & NZ Food Standards Code. The ingredients of beer in general are:

· Water
· Malted and roasted barley
· Sugar syrup – derived from cane or wheat
· Yeast
· Hops

· Caramel for colour
· Sulphur dioxide – may be added (mostly, occurs naturally from fermentation)
· Carbon dioxide

The amount of barley malt used and the exact type is a proprietary secret. As far as the origin of our malt is concerned, more than 99% is Australian grown and malted. None of our beers contain soy, soy products or materials derived from soy.

No artificial sweeteners are used in our beers as they are not permitted under the food code. Caramel is a permitted ingredient in most of our beers, and we use caramel E150c as this is the only type permitted to be used in beer. That being said, we use very little caramel, only enough to make up for the natural colour variation in the other raw materials, such as, malt and hops. Some brews and batches of a given brand may not contain any caramel at all; the next week the same brand may have caramel added because the malt is very pale.

All our beers are preservative free. Beer contains no added preservatives, as both draught and packaged beers are produced under aseptic conditions and most beers are pasteurised to prevent the development of off-flavours resulting from microbiological spoilage. However, beer does contain a small amount of natural sulphur dioxide produced by the yeast during fermentation.

Please contact us again if you have anything further we can assist you with.

Kind Regards,
CUB – Consumer Relations
1800 007 282 |

 Consumer By Web Form (Craft Ledger)

16/09/2013 03:42 PM


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