COOKING WITH BEER for added flavor has become quite the trend with recipes such as beer can chicken, beer-braised pot roast and dark ale chocolate cake increasingly popular. Now, according to one nutrition expert, replacing oil with beer in your dish effectively contains fewer calories. Toby Amidor, a registered dietician and author of recipe book The Greek Yogurt Kitchen, says that beer can be considered a healthier alternative. He says, “Oil is about 12O calories per tablespoon, while 12 fluid ounces of a standard beer with 5% alcohol by volume is 146 calories. When cooking with beer, it helps add flavor and depending on the heat and amount of time the food is exposed to the heat, a portion of those calories will dissipate.”ù Beer has plenty of other benefits and is rich in B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium. As well as claims from the University of Pennsylvania that with moderation dark ale or stout can protect from heart attacks, beer can also strengthen bones because it contains silicon which can help promote growth. In short: beer instead of oil adds flavor and cuts calories, that’s a win-win for sure!