A British study that tracked 20,000 beer drinkers for more than 8 years concluded that beer drinkers are “more likely to put on weight" than non-drinkers, but not necessarily around the abdomen. The researchers concluded that genetics play a larger role in determining how people's weight is distributed than drinking beer does.
During the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance, beer was often a nutritional necessity and was sometimes used in a medicinal setting. It could be flavored with almost anything, from the bark of fir trees to fresh eggs and thyme. Almost everyone drank beer, including children.
Sort of. A study found that a couple beers a day can provide a healthy daily dose of silicon, an ingredient important for maintaining healthy bones. Malt-based ales have the highest levels of silicon, while wheat beers and lagers have less.