The term “beer gut” is about to take on a new meaning. Well, in a good way if Japanese scientists can make it happen. Currently, a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are developing a brew that will contain probiotics.
You may have heard of probiotics in those annoying commercials with women spooning down yogurt because they are either constipated, have diarrhea or both. Turns out, probiotics do have plenty of benefits for your stomach.
If successful this new beer will contain Lactobacillus paracasei L26 or basically a strain of bacteria first found in the intestines of humans and is known to boost the immune system and break down viruses and toxins.
Remember that yogurt mentioned earlier? The idea for a probiotic was born from a probiotic dairy product that student and researcher Chan Mei Zhi Alcine drank every day. While putting probiotics into beer is a genius idea it comes with challenges. For starters, cultures and bacteria naturally occur and grow in dairy. Beer, on the other hand, contains acids from hops that pretty much prevent an environment where probiotics can thrive and grow.
In fact, it took Ms. Chan around the same time as a full-term pregnancy to birth the right balance for this recipe. The beer will take around a month to make and is expected to have a sour and tart taste with just a 3.5 percent alcohol level.
Currently, there is a patent pending on this beer and if you’re goaded you can finally claim that this beer is actually good for you. No word yet on when vitamin beer will be in the works.