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Glass of Guinness: Drink to your health?
Hartford Courant ^ | April 4, 2004 | Kevin Hunt

Posted on 04/04/2004 8:52:05 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina

Guy walks into a bar, orders a 12-ounce bottle of Corona Extra. Another guy walks in, orders a 12-ounce Guinness draft.

Whose drink is healthier?

If the guidelines are less alcohol, fewer calories, fewer carbohydrates and, to top it off, protection against heart attacks and blindness, it's the Guinness drinker, hands down.

No joke.

Guinness, in fact, is lower in alcohol, calories and carbohydrates than Samuel Adams, Budweiser, Heineken and almost every other major-brand beer not classified as light or low-carb. It has fewer calories and carbohydrates than low-fat milk and orange juice.

Could this be the same Irish stout that looks like a root-beer float and tastes about as filling as a quarter-pounder with cheese?

Yes.

The tastes-great, more-filling formula defies nutritional expectations because Guinness is so low in alcohol, a source of empty calories. Guinness is 4.2 percent alcohol by volume, the same as Coors Light. Budweiser and Heineken check in at 5 percent.

"That surprised me," says Dr. Joseph Brennan, a Yale-New Haven Hospital cardiologist of Irish heritage and a confirmed Guinness drinker. "I could never understand why one or two wouldn't leave me light-headed."

Brennan, like many cardiologists, recommends a drink a day for his cardiac patients. Red wine, in particular, has been shown to help prevent heart attacks. Now maybe it's beer's turn. A University of Wisconsin study last fall found that moderate consumption of Guinness worked like aspirin to prevent clots that increase the risk of heart attacks.

In the study, Guinness proved twice as effective as Heineken at preventing blood clots. Guinness is loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants that give the dark color to many fruits and vegetables.

These antioxidants are better than vitamins C and E, the study found, at keeping bad LDL cholesterol from clogging arteries. Blocked arteries also contributes to erectile dysfunction, as does overindulgence in alcohol.

Guinness has a higher concentration than lighter beers of vitamin B, which lowers levels of homocysteine, linked to clogged arteries.

And researchers have found that antioxidants from the moderate use of stout might reduce the incidence of cataracts by as much as 50 percent.


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1 posted on 04/04/2004 8:52:06 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina
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2 posted on 04/04/2004 8:52:56 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (If Woody had gone straight to the police, this would never have happened!)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
I love the stuff, especially the draft version in 14oz cans. I could drink it for breakfast.
3 posted on 04/04/2004 8:54:50 AM PDT by zook
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To: zook
It goes well with Corn Chex.
4 posted on 04/04/2004 8:56:24 AM PDT by evolved_rage (Where they take an arm and a leg.)
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To: evolved_rage
The only problem with me drinking Guinness is that I use Jameson as a supplement.

All that aside, I admit, Guinness is my beer of choice.
5 posted on 04/04/2004 8:59:33 AM PDT by stylin_geek (Koffi: 0, G.W. Bush: (I lost count))
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Life's too short to drink cheap beer.


6 posted on 04/04/2004 8:59:49 AM PDT by unixfox (Close the borders, problems solved!)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
...and let's face it, Guinness just plain TASTES better as well.....
7 posted on 04/04/2004 9:00:16 AM PDT by tarawa
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To: Happygal
Here's to ya!
8 posted on 04/04/2004 9:01:53 AM PDT by JennysCool
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To: southernnorthcarolina
No one believes me today but in Britain, in the 70s, whilst nursing my second child, the doctor PRESCRIBED a pint of guiness a day.

Too bad I hated the stuff!
9 posted on 04/04/2004 9:02:12 AM PDT by Burn24
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To: southernnorthcarolina

10 posted on 04/04/2004 9:02:17 AM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
A University of Wisconsin study last fall found that moderate consumption of Guinness worked like aspirin to prevent clots that increase the risk of heart attacks.

My wonderful university, home of the USDA's Malt and Barley Lab. No coincedence that the Madison campus has the highest per capita beer consumption in the nation. :)
11 posted on 04/04/2004 9:02:47 AM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: Happygal
Well, duh!
12 posted on 04/04/2004 9:03:26 AM PDT by uglybiker (Too much horsepower is just enough. -- Carrol Shelby)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
I can drink Guiness but I never really acquired a taste for it. I much prefer Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout (as a dark beer). Wonder how many carbs is in that.

As for Corona beer (that the article was comparing Guiness too), yuck. Comparing Guiness to Corona is like comparing a thick T-bone steak to a fast-food hamburger. (Only the fast-food burger probably tastes a lot better than the Corona.)

13 posted on 04/04/2004 9:03:27 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I'm voting for John Kerry until I vote against him in November)
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To: unixfox
Last August we toured England and judged OSH to be our favorite. With the huge variety of cask ales, I don't believe we drank Guinness at all, but did try Murphy's a couple of times. We've managed to find OSH at a few different places in the States, and have enjoyed it. Thanks fo the pic, my wife will enjoy it.
14 posted on 04/04/2004 9:03:59 AM PDT by wingman1 (University of Vietnam '70)
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To: sciencediet
LOL! The other caption that I have seen for that is, "Although Tom and Bob confined themselves to one drink at lunch, they were never at their most productive in the afternoons."
15 posted on 04/04/2004 9:04:45 AM PDT by Riley
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To: southernnorthcarolina
"That surprised me," says Dr. Joseph Brennan, a Yale-New Haven Hospital cardiologist of Irish heritage and a confirmed Guinness drinker. "I could never understand why one or two wouldn't leave me light-headed."

It must be the Irish in me, 'cause my reaction to Guinness is the same as his.

When we were visiting Ireland for a choir festival, I heard stories about doctors who actually prescribe Guinness for their patients because of the B vitamins. Now we hear about the anti-clotting and anti-oxidants. I'm sold on it ;-).... but where to find it on tap here in the States like it's served in the Old Country?!

16 posted on 04/04/2004 9:04:53 AM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: July 4th
When you're out of Point, you're out of town...
17 posted on 04/04/2004 9:05:34 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Hiccup bookmark
18 posted on 04/04/2004 9:05:47 AM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: southernnorthcarolina
The presidents of Miller, Coors, Anheuser-Busch and Guinness were at an international beer conference. They decided to all go to lunch together and the waitress asked what they wanted to drink.

The president of Miller said without hesitation, "I'll have a Miller High Life, the champagne of bottled beer!"

The president of Coors smiled and said, "I'll have a Coors, brewed from pure mountain spring water!"

The guy from Anheuser-Busch proudly said, "I'll have a Budweiser, the King of Beers!"

The guy from Guinness glanced at his lunch mates and said, "I'll have a Coke."

The others looked at him like he had sprouted a new head. He just shrugged and said, "If you guys aren't drinking beer, then neither will I."

19 posted on 04/04/2004 9:05:59 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: Riley
Got any thoughts for a political caption? It looks ripe for one, but I guess I'm slow this AM.
20 posted on 04/04/2004 9:07:52 AM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina; Happygal
In the study, Guinness proved twice as effective as Heineken at preventing blood clots.

Aw man!! How come nobody ever asks me to be part of these studies? Geez!

21 posted on 04/04/2004 9:09:20 AM PDT by uglybiker (Too much horsepower is just enough. -- Carrol Shelby)
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To: JennysCool
bttt
22 posted on 04/04/2004 9:09:28 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Guiness; a.k.a. "the oral enema."
23 posted on 04/04/2004 9:09:30 AM PDT by Agnes Heep (Solus cum sola non cogitabuntur orare pater noster)
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To: Riley
Maybe I'll see if I can put Kerry's face on the guy we can see. Or maybe it should be Ted and Kerry.

Like this one here, it's not quite working yet:


24 posted on 04/04/2004 9:10:40 AM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra.)
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To: SamAdams76
Nice tagline...but I think I beat ya to it. :-)
25 posted on 04/04/2004 9:12:46 AM PDT by moonhawk (Actually, I'm voting FOR John Kerry....Before I vote AGAINST him.)
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To: SamAdams76
As for Corona beer (that the article was comparing Guiness too), yuck. Comparing Guiness to Corona is like comparing a thick T-bone steak to a fast-food hamburger. (Only the fast-food burger probably tastes a lot better than the Corona.)

It is the beverage of choice for all of the young hoodlums that hang around in the parking lot at night in the apartment complex where I live, when it's warm out. Dozens of broken Corona bottles all over the lot on Sunday mornings.

Good Lord, I wish I could find a granny-unit to rent in Northern Virginia. I'd break the lease here in a minute.
/off-topic

26 posted on 04/04/2004 9:13:55 AM PDT by Riley
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To: Burn24
My American doctor told me to have a drink (wine or beer) to help my milk let down. Those were the days!
27 posted on 04/04/2004 9:14:04 AM PDT by annyokie (There are two sides to every argument, but I'm too busy to listen to yours.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
I wonder if the applies to other stouts as well. Being a homebrewer, I don't drink much commercial beer, but I always make sure I have plenty of homemade stout and oatmeal stout on hand. :-)
28 posted on 04/04/2004 9:16:45 AM PDT by RobertP
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To: Burn24
I believe you, My Grandmother had the same presciption... Doc told here it was for the Iron content.
29 posted on 04/04/2004 9:17:51 AM PDT by KingNo155
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Woo Hoo!!!!!
30 posted on 04/04/2004 9:19:14 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Had to cool me down to take another round, now I'm back in the ring to takea-nother swing")
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To: unixfox
I've never had Old Speckled Hen, although I am told that it's very good. Which is odd- I am usually suspicious of beer in clear bottles.

I found that I often have to choose the best from what's available. Given those parameters, I go with Newcastle Brown Ale, which I rather like.
31 posted on 04/04/2004 9:21:45 AM PDT by Riley
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To: SamAdams76
I had always assumed that Guinness floated in a Black and Tan (with Bass Ale) or a Half and Half (with Harp) because it was higher in alcohol, and alcohol being lighter than water... Well, there goes that theory.

Guinness is among my favorites; so to are a variety of English ales -- Newcastle, Bass, Tetley, Boddington's, any number of "India Pale Ales," and so on. I've spent a fair amount of time in pubs in London, and I've concluded that kids (drinking age is 18 there) are the same the world over. The younger customers were drinking cans of Bud and Miller Lite at prices considerably higher than the wonderful English ales. What is difficult (or expensive) to obtain becomes more attractive. When I was in college, people were paying outrageous prices for Coors, because it wasn't available in the East at the time. Now that it's commonly available, of course, we realize it's very ordinary (to give a generous assessment).

32 posted on 04/04/2004 9:24:04 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Shut up," he explained.)
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To: Riley
I notice that Corona is the beer of choice for those who are unsophisticated about beer. I must say that it's marketed very well and cheaply priced so hence the appeal with the younger crowd who just don't know better.

I laugh when people go to Mexican restaurants and order a Corona like they think they are being authentic. Most people from Mexico wouldn't touch the stuff. If you want to order a Mexican beer without looking like a dweeb, order a Dos Equis or a Negra Modelo.

When I was younger, the hoodlum crowd drank malt liquor like Colt 45. Now that stuff is nasty and will give you a throbbing headache the next morning.

33 posted on 04/04/2004 9:24:28 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I'm voting for John Kerry until I vote against him in November)
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To: sciencediet
Got any thoughts for a political caption? It looks ripe for one, but I guess I'm slow this AM.

Having some real neighbor noise problems, so I can barely hear myself think. How 'bout

"How 'bout one more? I can't make myself pull the lever for Kerry yet."

Lame, but I'm not at my best today.

34 posted on 04/04/2004 9:25:01 AM PDT by Riley
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To: SamAdams76
Most people from Mexico wouldn't touch the stuff.

The hoodlum crowd that I referred to is from Mexico and Honduras, mostly.

35 posted on 04/04/2004 9:27:47 AM PDT by Riley
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To: southernnorthcarolina

36 posted on 04/04/2004 9:32:51 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (John F-ing Kerry??? NO... F-ING... WAY!!!)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
I used to not like Guinness - but now I LOVE it!


37 posted on 04/04/2004 9:33:59 AM PDT by pittsburgh gop guy
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To: SamAdams76
When I was younger, the hoodlum crowd drank malt liquor like Colt 45. Now that stuff is nasty and will give you a throbbing headache the next morning.

My first (legal) drink was a Schlitz Malt Liquor at the enlisted club at Camp Lejeune. I remember thinking "THIS is what all the fuss is about?! Agghk!" I finished it up and went back to the squad bay and downed a couple of aspirin.

Now I usually drink scotch or a local microbrew. Foggy Bottom Ale and Old Dominion Ale are passable. There is a brewery in Fredericksburg called "Blue and Gray", which I am keen to try.

38 posted on 04/04/2004 9:34:04 AM PDT by Riley
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Guiness - baucht dich ab!

Guinness must be the elixir of the day. It cures all the ailments of the modern drinker. I'm glad to have it and thankful I like it - I can see how other people might loathe it.
39 posted on 04/04/2004 9:37:17 AM PDT by Tredge
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To: Tredge
It is an acquired taste. I enjoy it now, but when I first tried it, I thought it tasted like old motor oil.

I tried EKU 28 once. Tasted like concentrated beer syrup.

One that I kind of like is "Arrogant Bastard Ale", although it has a very high alcohol content, and comes in HUGE bottles.

40 posted on 04/04/2004 9:43:16 AM PDT by Riley
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To: southernnorthcarolina
The interesting thing is that stout used to be given to pregnant and birthing women in hospital when I lived in England -- I guess it's rich in iron and B-vitamins.
41 posted on 04/04/2004 9:43:19 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: southernnorthcarolina
There's a reason that Guiness is lower in alcohol content. It's because in Ireland beer is taxed according to its abv (alcohol by volume).

The higher the alcohol, the more tax the drinker pays. Believe it or not, the Guiness that is exported to the US actually has a higher alcohol content than what is served in the pubs in Ireland.

Guiness is good, but you should taste the homebrew chocolate stout Mrs. L and I brew up. Yummy!

L

42 posted on 04/04/2004 9:43:43 AM PDT by Lurker ("Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite"-Robert Heinlein)
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To: mylife
ping
43 posted on 04/04/2004 9:44:42 AM PDT by ozaukeemom (Nuke the ACLU and their snivel rights!)
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To: zook
I could drink it for breakfast.

LOL ... I often do. I work the overnight shift and my wife and neighbors get pretty freaked out when they find me grilling a steak and drinking a pint or two on the back patio at 7:30 a.m.

Now that I know it's practically health food ... Slainte~

44 posted on 04/04/2004 9:45:47 AM PDT by Gerasimov (I am tag line, hear me roar.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Guiness is better for you than other beers? Brilliant! I'll drink to that!
45 posted on 04/04/2004 9:46:10 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Gerasimov
LOL ... I often do. I work the overnight shift and my wife and neighbors get pretty freaked out when they find me grilling a steak and drinking a pint or two on the back patio at 7:30 a.m.

In my younger days, leftover pizza and a cold beer was my breakfast on weekend mornings!

46 posted on 04/04/2004 9:49:58 AM PDT by Riley
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To: Riley
Riley, my humor is usually lame. If that's why your suggestion sounds like a keeper, so let it be.

It's got potential . . . with a little more work.

47 posted on 04/04/2004 10:00:33 AM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra.)
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To: ozaukeemom

48 posted on 04/04/2004 10:23:17 AM PDT by mylife
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To: Lurker
Gosh that sounds good! I like a nice porter
49 posted on 04/04/2004 10:26:31 AM PDT by mylife
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To: SamAdams76
If you want to order a Mexican beer without looking like a dweeb, order a Dos Equis or a Negra Modelo.

Negra Modelo or Bohemia.

I remember buying corona in mexico by the case when I was young. The next week we'd go back and turn in the bottles and get another case. I think with the deposit a case was around $1.65 there was a reason for this...corona is skank beer. LOL

50 posted on 04/04/2004 10:32:38 AM PDT by mylife
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