The Healthiest Beer To Drink On National Beer Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.