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La Cerveza la bebida alcohólica más antigua de la humanidad

Solemos asociarla a momentos de relax y ambientes informales, pero la cerveza puede ser y, de hecho, es una bebida para gourmets muy exigentes. Su sabor complejo, la infinidad de estilos de elaboración, el universo de matices que puede llegar a tener la convierten en una opción capaz de competir con el vino con las mimas, poderosas, armas. Consejos, novedades, nociones y direcciones para disfrutar de la cerveza hasta la última burbuja.

La cerveza es probablemente la bebida alcohólica más antigua de la humanidad. Sus ingrediente principales –los cereales, el agua y la levadura– son los mismos que el pan. De ahí, que se suele apodar “pan líquido” a esta bebida tan universal o que se hable de ella también como alimento. El lúpulo es una planta trepadora originaria de Japón cuyas flores hembras son las responsables del característico aroma y del toque amargo de la cerveza. Este ingrediente sólo entró a formar parte de la receta a partir de la Edad Media

Y es que hablar de cerveza es hablar de historia, de cómo las antiguas civilizaciones de la Mesopotamia ya dominaban unos veinte estilos de cervezas diferentes y las clases más altas bebían cerveza utilizando pajitas de oro. También tenían derecho a cuotas diarias más generosas de esta bebida. Por esta razón, la empleaban en rituales y la utilizaban como moneda para pagar a sus servidores. La cerveza valía como el oro.

La cerveza es rica en sales minerales, vitaminas –sobre todo B1, B2, B6 y ácido fólico–, fibras, micronutrientes y carbohidratos. Además, no contiene muchas calorías, contiene pocas grasas y, lo que más nos gusta oír, tiene cierto poder antioxidante, es decir, ayuda a combatir el envejecimiento y a reducir el riesgo de enfermedades cardiovasculares. Si luego añadimos que es una bebida muy refrescante y versátil –las variedades de cerveza entre las que podemos elegir son prácticamente infinitas– ya tenemos todos los elementos para entender por qué la cerveza es el nuevo vino. Eso sí, como bebida alcohólica que es, hay que consumirla con mucha moderación.

 

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