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From: Cindy L. J.
Sent on: Saturday, March 17, 2012 2:56 PM


Mar 16, 2012


Beered Science


Research shows stout may be good for you in moderation

stout_beerThe familiar old slogan "Guinness is Good For You" might actually have some tasty truth to it. Though the company dropped the catchphrase years ago, research suggests that drinking a moderate amount of stout like Guinness—or an independent craft brewery’s version, like Left Hand’s, profiled this week in the Weekly Pint—might have some salutary effects for heart health.

Stouts, for the record, were once called Stout Porters, and can generally be defined as dark ales made by roasting barley or malt at high temperatures to achieve the flavor and color of coffee or burnt toast. These beers feature rich, robust flavors that made them popular with everyday citizenry in 18th- and 19th-Century England.

The memorable company slogan was born in the 1920s after Guinness drinkers kept reporting that they felt good after drinking a pint. Doctors started listening, and soon surgery patients, blood donors and even pregnant and nursing women were prescribed a bit of Guinness, because the brew is particularly vitamin and iron-rich. Read on to hear what happened next.

Medicine drifted away from Guinness therapy over the decades, but in 2004 scientists from the beer-loving state of Wisconsin reported in the journal Pathophysiology that stout may have some positive effects for the heart (in moderation), meaning that in theory, drinking a pint with a meal may be as effective against blood-clotting (“platelet activity”, in the researchers’ parlance) as popping a low-dose aspirin. One hypothesis is that the antioxidant compounds in stout gives it a boost—but further study is needed.

Even better news, stouts often have fewer calories and carbs than other beers—Guinness for example has only 125 calories per 12oz. serving. On top of that, the rich consistency of the style—often served on nitro taps helps you drink it slowly and feel fuller, sooner. We’ll drink to that!


Tags: Guinness, Left Hand Brewing Co

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