It’s one of the world’s most popular stouts – and a favorite every St Patrick’s Day.

Guinness, the classic Irish beverage, was touted for years in advertising posters as being ‘good for you’, ‘for strength’ and for ‘when you’re tired’.

But is this creamy beer actually a healthy beverage or just part of clever marketing?

We break down the various health claims and reveal the truth about Guinness.

THE BENEFITS 

The classic Guinness is a dry Irish stout. It’s made from water, barley, roast malt extract, hops (a type of flower plant) and brewer’s yeast.

A portion of the barley is roasted to give Guinness its dark color and characteristic taste.

And while one wouldn’t classify it as necessarily a ‘healthy’ drink, it does have some nutritional bragging rights.

Most beers contain a significant amount of antioxidants, B vitamins, soluble fiber, silicon (a mineral which may help protect against osteoporosis) and prebiotics, which promote the growth of ‘good’ bacteria in your gut.

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