How to make beer part of a healthy breakfast.
By The Editors

Given all the healthy benefits of drinking beer, it only makes sense to include a cold one as part of your most important meal of the day.


Beer is our sensible friend. Yes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing...

...but a decent ale will keep its head even while you're losing yours.

Look, we’re not going to tell you that a beer can replace your go-to breakfast of bacon-and-eggs and home fries (or cold pizza if you’re a bachelor):

But beer certainly can be a part of a delicious, healthy breakfast, and here’s why:

1. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the ingredients of a healthy breakfast:

  • Whole grains
  • Lean protein
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Fruits and vegetables

2. How does beer stack up?

Whole grains: Yep.

Protein: Yep, including — dare we say it — a bacon-infused red ale from Waffle House:

Dairy: Milk stout, dude.

Fruit and vegetables: Belly up to the bar and take your pick from citrus beers to berry beers, and of course banana beer. On the vegetable side of things, small breweries around the country experiment with offerings that range from asparagus beer (imagine that in your urinal) to kale ale:

3. Beyond fulfilling a lot of your basic nutritional needs at breakfast, there are lots of other healthy benefits that come from drinking beer at breakfast, too:

According to WebMD, beer is an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, niacin and folate

Healthline reports that beer can help fight heart disease and diabetes, and help both women and men build stronger bones and reduce dementia risk.

And finally, the New York Post reports: