GOOD FOR YOUR HEART! A scientist from the University of Wisconsin found that darker brews like Guinness had substantially more anti-clotting properties than light beers, preventing the clots that can cause heart attacks. The beneficial effect comes from hundreds of flavonoids in the beer, the same anti-oxidant compounds that provide the dark color in many fruits and vegetables. And don't stop at just one Guinness. The researcher said that for the optimal anti-clotting effect, you need to reach a blood alcohol level of 0.06, which for the typical person is accomplished with two, 12-ounce glasses.
GOOD FOR YOUR WAISTLINE! Men's Health magazine reports: "Most people think of Guinness as a beer milkshake: dark, thick, and rich enough to induce tremors of guilt in thirsty partakers. But a 12-ounce serving is as low in calories as some watery light beer selections and can save you up to 75 calories over other full-flavored brews like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Part of that comes from the alcohol percentage: Guinness has 4 percent alcohol, and the Pale Ale has 6 percent. Switch out a six pack a week and you've just saved yourself nearly 7 pounds this year."
I came across this blog where one poster claimed that Guinness contains enough of the basic essential nutrients (with the exception of vitamin C and calcium) that an average person could survive by drinking, per week: 1 pint milk, 1 pint orange juice, 42 pints Guinness.
On a related note, here's a stat from Bicycling magazine for those who prefer a sweeter St. Pat's Day treat....
7: The number of ounces of Bailey's Original Irish Cream you'd need to drink to replenish the 680 calories burned on a 1-hour, 18-mph road ride.
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