Beer in Health and Disease Prevention

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123738912
eBook ISBN: 9780080920498
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th September 2008
Page Count: 1248
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Presenting both the concerns and problems of beer consumption as well as the emerging evidence of benefit, Handbook of Beer Health and Disease Prevention offers a balanced view of today's findings and the potential of tomorrow's research.

From a beverage of warriors to a cheap and affordable commodity, beer has been a part of our consumption for nearly 8000 years. Like most alcoholic drinks it has been prone to abuse and in some counties the per capita consumption of beer has led to considerable health risks.

However, just as wine in moderation has been proposed to promote health, research is showing that beer -- and the ingredients in beer -- can have similar impact on improving health, and in some instances preventing disease. For example, some cancers like bladder cancers and the incidence of cardiovascular disease are reported to be lower in moderate beer drinkers. Furthermore there is a considerable body of emerging evidence to show that the anti-oxidant capacity of beers is high. It has been argued by some that the total antioxidants ingested in some beer drinkers equates that consumed by red wine drinkers.

The key to this, of course, is understanding and this volume presents a collection of the most current writings on the subject of beer and it's potential in health.

Key Features

Winner of the 2009 Best Drinks and Health Book in the World
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

The most comprehensive coverage of the broad range of topics related to the role of beer and beer ingredients in health
Addresses the impact of beer and beer ingredients on cancers, cardiovascular disease, anti-oxidant benefits, and other health related concerns
Presents a holistic view from beer brewing to the isolation of beer-related compounds.
Appropriate for scientists and researchers from a variety of fields and industries from beer production to health-care professionals
Consistent organization of each chapter provides easy-access to key points and summaries
*Self-contained chapters written by subject matter experts


PRIMARY READERSHIP FOR THE BOOK Alcohol researchers Pharmacologists Public Health Scientists and Workers Epidemiologists Nutritionists and Dietitians Health Workers and Practitioners Members of brewing industry

SECONDARY READERSHIP FOR THE BOOK: Doctors Pathologists Policy Makers

Table of Contents



Foreword by Professor Jonathon Powell


Part 1: General Aspects of Beer and Constituents

(i) Beer Making, Hops and Yeast

  1. Overview of Manufacturing Beer: Ingredients, Processes and Quality Criteria
  2. Sascha Wunderlich and Werner Back

  3. NON Lager Beer
  4. Andrea Pavsler and Stefano Buiatti

  5. Lager Beer
  6. Andrea Pavsler and Stefano Buiatti

  7. Traditional and Modern Japanese Beers: Methods of Production and Composition
  8. Masato Kawasaki and Shuso Sakuma

  9. Sorghum Beer: Fabrication, Nutritional Value and Impact Upon Human Health
  10. Maoura Nanadoum and Jacques Pourquie

  11. Production of Alcohol-free Beer
  12. Luigi Montanari, Ombretta Marconi, Heidi Mayer, and Paolo Fantozzi

  13. Yeast Diversity in the Brewing Industry
  14. Linda Hellborg and Jure Piskur

  15. The Brewer’s Yeast Genome: From its Origins to our Current Knowledge
  16. Sandra Rainieri

  17. Flocculation in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
  18. Eduardo V. Soares

  19. Use of Amylolytic Enzymes in Brewing
  20. N.P. Guerra, A. Torrado-Agrasar, C. López-Macías, E. Martínez-Carballo, S. García-Falcón, J. Simal-Gándara, and L.M. Pastrana-Castro

    (ii) Beer Drinking

  21. Trends of Beer Drinking in Europe
  22. Pedro Marques-Vidal

  23. Trends in Beer Drinking: Rest of the World
  24. Qiao Qiao Chen and Pedro Marques-Vidal

  25. Beer Consumption Patterns in Northern Ireland
  26. Adele Mc Kinney and Kieran Coyle



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"Beer in Health and Disease Prevention serves an important function by righting the bias toward wine as the only healthy alcoholic beverage. The book is a massive 1,100 page compendium with 103 chapters by many international distinguished contributors. There are too many excellent entries to cite them individually. Suffice it to say that the book is packed with data in readable form. A strong and useful feature is the inclusion at the end of each chapter of a detailed list of summary points. Overall, this volume splendidly fulfils the stated mission. Dr. Preedy deserves congratulations for undertaking and completing a monumental undertaking. It will be of interest and value to scientists in a number of disciplines and to interested nonscientists."
- Arthur L. Klatsky, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, in AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY

"Each chapter is well laid out with an abstract summarizing the chapter, a list of abbreviations and at the end of each chapter there are succinct summary points. This reviewer highly recommends this reference book
and believes that it is very good value for the price." - Inge Russell, Ph.D., D.Sc., FIBiol, FIBD, JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF BREWING

"Although a large part of the book is dedicated to ‘beer in terms of health and disease prevention’ as the title states, the content also encompasses areas such as beer analysis methodology, beer drinking patterns and beer production…. This reviewer highly recommends this reference book and believes that it is very good value for the price."--The Journal of the Institute of Brewing