The old advertising slogan "Guinness is good for you" is actually true it seems. While Diageo, the manufacturer, makes no health claims for the product, scientific research shows a pint of Guinness a day is actually good for your health. (And that's Guinness with a double n, not the surname that can sometimes be spelled "Guiness" with one n.)
Indeed, it may work as well as a low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin who made the discovery.
The Wisconsin scientists gave Guinness to dogs who had narrowed arteries. They found the Guinness worked as well as aspirin in preventing clots forming.
The researchers told a convention of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Florida, that a pint of Guinness taken at meal time had the best impact. They believe that antioxidant compounds in the Guinness are responsible for the health benefits because they decrease harmful cholesterol gathering on the artery walls.
There was a time that doctors would encourage pregnant women to drink Guinness as they believed it was good for the baby but those days are long gone now that we understand the detrimental effects drinking Guinness while pregnant can have. While the old ads may be a stretch to say that drinking Guinness is, in fact, good for you, this research is enough to convince us that we're safe to order ourselves a pint every once in a while without doing too much damage!
And if for some strange reason you don't feel like treating yourself to a pint, there's plenty of ways you can incorporate Guinness into your cooking or baking taking all the goodness of Guinness with it.
Here's a list of some of IrishCentral's best Guinness recipes:
- This Guinness Ice Cream Float is out of this world (RECIPE)
- Warm up with this Irish Guinness stew recipe
- Guinness-battered fish and chips recipe
- Guinness’ classic Black Velvet cocktail recipe
- Guinness and Baileys Irish cupcake recipe
* Originally published in 2011.