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Post-workout Beer on the Horizon

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FOX NEWS--Drinking and working out dont usually go hand in hand, but one Canadian brewing company wants redefine the post-workout drink.


Vampt beverage company is planning on launching Lean Machine"recovery ale, a gluten-free lager with only 77 calories, reports NPRs The Salt.


The drink will be infused with vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes, similar to other sports beverages that replenish the body after a hard workout. While the drink is still in development, Vampt plans to release the drink later this year, if funding permits.


Vampt founder Ian Toews hopes the beverage appeals to young fitness enthusiasts who also like to drink.


"We just thought that maybe we could do something that would support a drinker, make it still socially fun, and help them accomplish what needs to be accomplished after an aggressive workout," Toews told The Salt.


Unfortunately for those wishing to catch a post-workout buzz (from alcohol, that is), Lean Machine only packs a meager punch at 0.5 percent alcohol by volume. But lower alcohol content could mean a healthier beer, according to a study published last December in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.


Sports drinks like Gatorade work by replenishing the carbohydrates and sodium lost while working out. Traditional beer has beneficial carbs and electrolytes but its the alcohol that dehydrates, according to Ben Desbrow, sports nutritionist at Griffith University in Australia and co-author of the study.
His team decided to experiment with ways to reformulate beer so itll have the properties of a sports drink without the dehydrating effects of alcohol. 

By lowering the level of alcohol by volume to 2.3 percent and adding salt, they found that the manipulated beer hydrated their sample of athletes better than traditional ale.

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