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A Daily Beer Could Reduce Kidney Stone Risk

June 17, 2013  |  1:00pm
A Daily Beer Could Reduce Kidney Stone Risk

Turns out, a beer a day could keep kidney stones away.

The Washington Post reports that a study found in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology compared the effects certain beverages had on a person’s chance of developing kidney stones. It was found that daily doses of sugary soft drinks could increase the chance of kidney stones, while other drinks—such as coffee and beer—reduced the risk.

Folks who drank one or more sugar-sweetened colas per day had a 23 percent higher risk than those who drank them once a week. Those who drank sugary, clear non-cola sodas daily experienced a 33 percent higher risk as opposed to weekly consumers.

But a daily regimen of other tasty beverages were found to lower the risk of kidney stones compared to weekly intake: Risk was reduced 26 percent for caffeinated coffee, 16 percent for decaffeinated coffee, 12 percent for orange juice, 11 percent for tea, 31 percent for red wine and 33 percent for white wine.

And finally, beer was found to reduce the risk of kidney stones by 41 percent. Cheers!

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