Apart from its alcoholic content, beer has an extremely high glycemic index, even higher than that of white sugar! It is therefore of the utmost importance to restrict one’s intake of it, especially outside meals. When beer is drunk at mealtimes, its glycemic load may be somewhat balanced by that of the food (depending on the menu, obviously). And as all fermented foods (bread, cheese), it supplies especially easy to store calories. Our forebears got into the habit of eating them during food shortage periods, when it was literally vital that every calorie should be stored. In ancient times beer was indeed often regarded more as a food than a beverage.