Shocking Truth Of Mainstream Beers
Beer; to some the sixth and most important food group. Most people are choosing to say no to genetically modified, medicated and altered foods, yet they fail to cast an eye over what they drink. Unfortunately, unlike foods and non-alcholic beverages where food-labelling is required, alcoholic beverages are not required to label their ingredients. As a result; unless you interrogate your preferred beer company, you really don't know what you're drinking. In North America exists a list of "legal" additives found in most mainstream beers; unsettling ingredients like GMO high-fructose corn syrup, Calcium Disodium EDTA (made from formaldehyde), sulphites, anti-microbial preservatives (linked to allergies and asthma), excessive artificial and carcinogenic food colorants, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and even Propylene Glycol (an ingredient found in anti-freeze). What comes as more shocking is the Germans have for centuries proved that you can make award-winning beer using just four very simple, unmodified ingredients. So, we asked Stiegl Master Brewer, Ludwig Muehlhofer, just what was in their beer:
"I am proud to tell you, that we are brewing our beers according to the "Bavarian Purity Law" of the year 1516. So, that means, there is only used: water, barley-(wheat) malt, hops and of course yeast (for the fermentation). - And nothing else! A special thing of Stiegl is, that our raw materials are exceptionally from Austria and of course without GMO."
Sounds good to us. So then what beers are safe? German beers are always going to be a great bet, as they pride in the purity of their brewing ingredients and techniques following the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, stating that anyone "whosoever knowingly disregards or transgresses upon this ordinance, shall be punished by the Court authorities' confiscating such barrels of beer, without fail." Obviously, Certified Organic beers are a great choice and small craft and micro breweries; we say this not because of the trend in drinking them, but because of the honesty that goes into the selection of simple, quality ingredients and the pride of brewing what beer used to be.
This Article Was Inspired by "The Shocking Ingredients In Beer."