During pregnancy, it is recommended to a pregnant woman not to eat any raw or semi-cooked food such as meat, fish, cold meats and certain types of cheese. And above all, smoking and drinking alcohol should be stopped.
Being pregnant can be a real dilemma for women who love good beer. However, in recent years, the brewing market has seen the development of a whole range of beers named "alcohol-free beer". There are many questions about this, including whether this type of beer avoids the dangers of alcohol during pregnancy.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can lead to complications and health problems for the fetus. Stunted growth, malformations, damage to the nervous system, and in the worst case Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, are all consequences that alcohol can cause.
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is still one of the leading causes of non-genetic mental handicap in children. However, no study today allows to define the threshold of alcohol consumption below which the risks for the baby would be null. This is why the health authorities recommend, as a precaution, to refrain completely from drinking any alcoholic beverages during pregnancy.
For the good of their baby, mothers-to-be are therefore looking for alternatives to continue to enjoy the taste of beer without endangering the health of their little one. Alcohol-free beer is representative of a possible solution to this problem. However, to be sure that a pregnant woman can consume it, it must be ensured that alcohol-free beer does not contain any alcohol at all.
It’s important to understand the definitions and nuances of the term “alcohol-free beer”. It’s a beer with a low percentage of alcohol, for which the regulations of each country fix the maximum volume. Under English law, a beer can be called "alcohol-free beer" if its alcoholic strength is 0.05% or less. This is an insignificant amount, but it can still be present. Moreover, an alcohol-free beer is brewed in the traditional way and then de-alcoholised. It is therefore not surprising if some alcohol traces remain.
So a pregnant woman can't completely rely upon the name alcohol-free beer, because this type of beer may contain a small amount of alcohol in its composition.
Alcohol-free beer tastes similar to traditional beer and often has an alcohol content close to zero. However, there are several disadvantages for pregnant women:
Therefore, for all these reasons, we don't recommend that pregnant women drink alcohol-free beer. In order to preserve the health of the baby, it is best to avoid drinking any type of beer throughout the pregnancy.
Unfortunately, the same applies to breastfeeding! Even though your baby has been born, it is still advisable not to drink alcohol if you are breastfeeding. This is because everything you drink contributes to the production of your breast milk and alcohol isn't the odd out one.
Moreover, alcohol can have adverse effects on your lactation and the development of your baby:
In addition, although the baby receives only a small amount of alcohol, his body is more sensitive and has more difficulty in eliminating toxins. We are sure that you want the best for your baby, which is why we recommend that you do not drink alcohol (including alcohol-free beer) while breastfeeding.
ALCOHOL ABUSE IS DANGEROUS FOR YOUR HEALTH AND SHOULD BE CONSUMED IN MODERATION.
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In recent years, alcohol-free beer has become a real trend in the beer market here in the UK. More and more big beer brands and small craft breweries are starting to brew it to the delight of non-alcoholic drinkers. However, there are many questions about this kind of beer.
We’re back for the second edition of ‘Must Try Kegs’. Last week we spotlighted three fantastic kegs from our MultiTRY range and this week is no different. From a personal favourite lager of mine, to a couple of flavour sensations, take a read through why we think you have to try these three.
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