Could This Post-Workout Beer Replace Gatorade?
Vampt's Lean Machine beer contains ingredients that target muscle recovery and provide electrolytes.
VAMPT, a Canadian company that produces and distributes innovative beverages, has introduced a new kind of beer which they’re calling a “Recovery Ale” and marketing as a sports drink.
Lean Machine Ale is specially-formulated to contain a propriety mix of nutrients to support recovery after a workout. The key ingredients include L-gutamine, protein, sodium and potassium, vitamin C, and zinc – nutrients that aid in muscle recovery and replenishment of antioxidants. The gluten-free ale contains no caffeine, 77 calories, 2.5G of carbs, low sugar, and only has 0.5 percent alcohol by volume.
According to its website, Lean Machine is designed for active adults who want a full-flavored, low calorie and low carb beer. A post on NPR’s The Salt quotes Ian Toews, founder of VAMPT, describing Lean Machine as a beverage that supports beer drinkers and helps them accomplish what needs to be done even after an intense workout.
There have been a few studies that explore how beer can do what sports drinks are made for if formulated correctly. A study led by Ben Desbrow, a sports nutritionist at Griffith University in Australia found that changing the electrolyte and alcohol content of beer can weaken its dehydrating effects. The study also stated that since beer is made from plant-based ingredients it contains natural nutrients that are missing from manufactured sports beverages.
Another study, led by John Hawley, an exercise and nutrition researcher at Australian Catholic University, found that alcohol impairs protein synthesis or the process by which the body repairs its muscles after exercise. The athletes involved in Hawley’s study consumed large amounts of alcohol, so the study isn’t clear about how moderate drinking can affect the same process.
Hawley notes that consumers haven’t been very receptive to low-alcohol drinks, but VAMPT is not worried about the market. The company is currently doing consumer taste tests for the “recovery ale” in Canada and is planning to release Lean Machine in the spring.