This beer has gotten a bad rap, but here's why you shouldn't believe everything you hear.

KTDY's own Chris Meaux 'self - identifies' as Irish and loves Guinness Irish Stout for this reason and a few others. He was telling me one day in the studio that Guinness is good for you, but I thought he was just kidding as he often does. He went on to tell me about the benefits of Guinness and after looking them up, I'm converted. Here's just a few of the good things Guinness will do for you, according to CNN's Lisa Dreyer.

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    Most beers have lots of antioxidants, which are good for you, but Guinness has those and lots of something called folate. Folate is a B vitamin that our body needs to make DNA and to assist in cell division. Guinness' folate count is highest among imported beers tested.

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    Drinking a pint of Guinness isn't going to give you the amount of healthy fiber that you'd get from a green salad, but it still has lots of fiber because of the unmalted barley used in its creation.

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    Not Really 'Bread In A Bottle'

    Guinness is often called 'bread in a bottle' because it's thick and rich. The truth is, 12 ounces of Guinness contains 125 calories, while the same amount of Budweiser has 145 and Heineken, 142. Guinness also has a lower alcohol content, at 4.2% alcohol by volume compared to 5% for Budweiser and Heineken.

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    Heart - Healthy

    Finally, the USDA says that drinking moderately, which is no more than two drinks a day for men or one for women, helps prevent heard disease.


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