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Beer good for rehydrating, Spanish medical study says.

Popping a can of Bud after mowing the lawn has been known to be pretty refreshing. Now Spanish researchers affirm that beer can help those who are dehydrated retain liquid better than water.

Prof Manuel Garzon, of Granada University, also asserts that the bubbles in beer help to rapidly quench the thirst and that its carbohydrate content can quickly help to replace lost calories.

For his study, Prof Garzon asked a group of 25 students to do strenuous exercise in temperatures of around 104[degrees]F. Half were given a pint of beer, while the others received the same volume of water.

Prof Garzon said the hydration effect in those who drank beer was "slightly better".

Juan Antonio Corbalan, a cardiologist who worked formerly with Real Madrid football players and Spain's basketball team, concurred, saying beer has the perfect profile for re-hydration after sport.

Though alcoholic drinks have a diuretic effect, meaning they increase the amount of liquid lost to the body through urination, the physicians said that one or two beers would not have a high enough concentration of alcohol to induce a diuretic effect.

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Date:Jun 4, 2009
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