The Benefits of the Black Stuff

As yesterday was National Beer Day I thought I’d shed some light on the Benefits of the ‘Black stuff’ AKA Guinness. Chances are your local watering hole will do you pint often described as ‘a meal in a glass’. Want to impress your friends? Buy them a round, and then set them straight on these common myths about the black beauty.

Myth: Guinness is high in alcohol

Guinness Isn’t any boozier than other beers. In fact, it contains less alcohol by volume than a typical draught. An average beer contains 5% ABV, while Guinness clocks in at just 4.2%. So this St. Paddy’s Day, Guinness is a smart choice if you’re feeling festive but you want to pace yourself.

Myth: Guinness is high in calories

Guinness, a stout-style brew, is known for its creamy texture, dark color, and rich, caramel-tinged flavor. That means it must be high in calories, right? Woooah there donkey! A 12-ounce serving of Guinness sets you back 125 calories—just 15 more than the same serving of Becks Light. Alcohol is beer’s main calorie source, and since Guinness is just 4.2% ABV, it’s relatively low in calories. The dark color and sweetness come from small amounts of roasted barley used in the brewing process. And that thick, creamy texture? Most beers are carbonated with carbon dioxide, but Guinness uses a mix of CO2 and nitrogen. Nitrogen bubbles are smaller than CO2 bubbles, which produces a smoother “mouthfeel,” as beer nerds (berds) call it.

Enjoy the weekend and savour the taste, whilst knowing its doing you SOME good at least!

See more health benefits or choosing alternative beverages here

Thanks for reading!

Sam

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