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10 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Drink Beer

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You’ll probably thank beer for the extra confidence you needed to approach that pretty girl in the bar or those funny stories you shared during the reunion. It’s also to be blamed for your growing belly. But aside from the usual side effects of drinking beer, it has a number of health benefits you probably didn’t know.

Remember to drink beer in moderation as other health issues may show up if you do excessive drinking.

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1. It’s good for your kidney.

Interestingly, drinking may actually do your kidneys more good than harm. According to a recent study that followed more than 11,000 healthy men for 14 years, those who drank at least 7 drinks per week had a 30% lower risk of having elevated blood creatinine levels, a marker of kidney dysfunction, compared to men who drank less.

2. It lowers bad cholesterol.

Moderate consumption of beer, according to a research, has been linked to reduced cholesterol levels in the liver and cholesterol deposits in the aorta. Meanwhile, a separate study suggests that the fiber content of beer actually reduces LDL or bad cholesterol level.

3. It increases your Vitamin B levels.

Beer is actually packed with several B vitamins, particularly B1, B2, B6 and B12. Keep in mind that beer is a great source of vitamin B12, which is an anti-anemic factor not found in many foods.

4. It’s good for your bones.

The increased levels of silicon in beer actually contributes to higher bone density and may help fight osteoporosis, based on the findings of the National Institutes of Health. Beers containing high levels of hops and malted barley were found to be the richest in silicon.

5. It’s a great cure for insomnia.

Are you having trouble getting your much-needed sleep at night? Beer actually contains lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which can help you get a good slumber.

6. It’s good in preventing blood clots.

A study carried out by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., has shown that drinking beer decreases the clumping together of platelets, which is essential in the formation of blood clot, which may sometimes lead to a heart attack.

7. It reduces heart attack risk.

A research team based at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania has discovered that beer contains high level of antioxidants which help eliminate harmful chemicals believed to cause heart attacks. In fact, traditional beers like ale and stout can reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis, which happens when artery walls become plugged with cholesterol and other fatty substances.

8. It boosts your memory.

Believe it or not, a daily pint of beer can actually ward off dementia, based on Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort. However, the researchers noted that while moderate alcohol consumption has potential mental benefits, binge drinking is actually harmful to the brain.

9. It reduces stress.

Experts have confirmed that drinking alcohol, including beer, actually relieves stress when consumed in limited amounts in specific situations for certain people. In fact, experts at the University of Montreal  have discovered that drinking two glasses of beer day can lessen work-related stress.

10. It will make you look younger.

Drinking one or two glasses of beer may actually slow down the ageing process, according to a study conducted by researchers at the American Society of Human Genetics.

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Mila’s Lechon Issues Official Statement on Trending Lechon Photo, Reveals Scam

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Over the New Year celebration, social media had been abuzz about photos of a skin-and-bones lechon allegedly from Mila’s Lechon ordered by a netizen who was furious after receiving such a small roasted pig that did not even reach 5kg!

Photo credit: Noy Cayanan Roque Rcrim / Facebook

What irked the family of netizen Noy Cayanan Roque Rcrim is that they had supposedly ordered the lechon from a reputable company to ensure they have the best roasted pig for their media noche but they ended up with something that was so small they even had to put a piece of tomato instead of the usual apple in its mouth.

See – Thin Lechon Weighs Less than 5kg, Angers Another Family on Noche Buena

After the post went viral, a lot of people expressed anger at Mila’s Lechon for cheating the customer of their cash but a few days later, the popular lechon company issued an official statement regarding the issue.

It turned out Mila’s Lechon had no hand in this order as the customer did not buy from their official website or Facebook page and had not been dealing with them at all. In short, Noy and his family had been scammed!

What’s bad is that the scammers had used the popular lechon company’s name to sell, later dragging it unfairly to the controversy.

Mila’s Lechon assured its customers that they are investigating the matter and that they would always issue an official receipt to the buyers, unlike the fake company that delivered the lechon to Noy’s family.

Photo credit: Noy Cayanan Roque Rcrim / Facebook

The customer later acknowledged the error, admitting that they had no idea that the site they were buying from was not the real Mila’s Lechon; although he should not also be blamed considering the lechon company has a lot of branches and the scammers had used its name, even delivering the product with the trademark brown paper printed with the brand’s name.

Both Noy’s family and Mila’s Lechon were victims of the scam. We hope the scammers will be apprehended soon.

Read the lechon company’s full statement here:

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Clever Fisherman Makes Simple but Effective Trap to Catch Fish and Crabs

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Catching fish can be hard work if you do not have the proper tools to do it and have no knowledge about how to go about with the task. But some fishermen in Cambodia have found an easy way to catch fish by creating a simple yet effective trap that they can just leave for some time near the river or lake.

Of course, there are many different ways that one can catch fish – and most would involve a net but for poor folks who can’t afford a net, here’s an alternative to try on your next fishing trip.

In the clip shared by Amazing Video on YouTube, a step by step tutorial to make the trap was shared.

Bamboo poles were used for this trap. While the YouTube video showed the bamboo poles being cut by a cutting machine, using a simple saw would also do the trick here. Of course, you have to remove the partitions inside the bamboo pole so the fish can get in and out of the trap.

But your trap is only half finished. You have to dig at the side of the river, lake, or swamp to create your trap. The hole should be big enough for your expected catch.

Photo credit: Amazing Video / YouTube

Submerge half of the pole in the water, making sure the other end reaches the trap. As much as possible, keep the angle at a minimum to ensure the fish will drop into the hole. Then, add the bait at both ends of the trap.

To finish off the trap, cover the spot with leaves. According to the video, you leave it for 1 day.

Photo credit: Amazing Video / YouTube

A day after making the trap, the fisherman went back to the spot and found the hole filled with fish, eels, and even crabs! Seems quite effective, right?

Check out this tutorial and try it for yourself:

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Thin Lechon Weighs Less than 5kg, Angers Another Family on Noche Buena

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On Christmas Eve, a lot of Filipino households celebrate ‘Noche Buena’ (midnight feast) with lechon which is considered a staple in every Pinoy celebration.

Not everyone was happy with the lechon they received because there were those who were quite angry that the roasted pig they got turned out to be something they did not expect to get. For example, a family in Bacolod City received lechon filled with leaves and did not have much meat. This lechon did not have ribs as well.

But after that lechon went viral, another one has surfaced.

Photo credit: Noy Cayanan Roque Rcrim / Facebook

This time, the lechon retained its ribs but the pig was so thin that the lechon as literally just skin and bones. It also looked like a rather dried-up version of the lechon, with skin that was no longer crunchy, wrote netizen Noy Cayanan Roque Rcrim whose family supposedly ordered the roasted pig from Mila’s Lechon.

What angered them more is that after an aunt decided to weigh the lechon they got, which they had actually paid for a total amount of Php7,500 plus Php400 delivery charge, they discovered that it did not even reach 5kg – and that weight already includes the bamboo tray it was placed on! Ooops.

Photo credit: Noy Cayanan Roque Rcrim / Facebook

While it is understandable that the prizes of commodities do rise up during the holiday season due to the law of supply and demand, the family was not happy that their lechon order worth nearly Php8,000 in total turned out to be this thin and unappealing.

Photo credit: Noy Cayanan Roque Rcrim / Facebook

According to Noy, they immediately called Mila’s to ask for a refund. He was able to speak with the owner’s granddaughter Aika Salanguit who told they can keep the lechon and get a refund of Php5,500 but they were only refunded with Php3,500 on December 29; thus, they did not take the money and are reportedly planning to file a case against the lechon company.

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UPDATE:

Mila’s Lechon Issues Official Statement on Trending Lechon Photo, Reveals Scam

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