DRINKING BEER every day is good for you.
But not just any beer - it needs to be a very strong, very fancy kind of continental beer.
That’s according to a new scientific study which found certain beers contain health-boosting probiotics that can protect against obesity, insomnia and dementia.
Gut bacteria experts from Amsterdam University identified strong Belgin beers like Hoegaarden as particularly potent sources of the probiotic yeast.
In the case of Hoegaarden and similar beers like Westmalle Tripel, these beers were fermented twice – in the brewery and then again in the bottle.
This process increases the overall strength of the beer.
Crucially, a different strain of yeast is used during in-bottle fermentation compared with the one used in more traditionally pulled pints.
It’s the presence of this particular strain of yeast which proves key as it not only converts sugar into alcohol but also produces acids capable of killing off potentially harmful bacteria.
Professor Eric Claassen, a researcher on the study, said: 'You are getting a stronger beer that is very, very healthy.
'We don't want to give people a licence to drink more beer.
“In high concentrations alcohol is bad for the gut but if you drink just one of these beers every day it would be very good for you.”