My mother is British and she claims that if I am drinking, I should drink Guinness beer because in Britain they say it is good for you (lots of vitamins, minerals). Is this true?
I’ve been looking for the full nutritional breakdown of Guinness beer but can’t find one. Can you help?
The taste of Guinness is a combination of water which comes from the Wicklow Mountains just outside Dublin Ireland and ingredients. There are about 50 Guinness breweries around the world, including Australia, and soon one in the U.S. There are about 20 varieties of Guinness so the nutritional analysis will vary depending on the ingredients.
Guinness contains roasted, malted barley (Irish), hops, yeast, and water. According to Guinness, a pint (16 ounces) has 210 calories and 12 ounces of beer about 170 calories. They say that Guinness has some vitamins and minerals, but they don’t publish any nutrient values. The alcohol content is closer to 3.2% beer.
The current recommendations for moderate alcohol intake are 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. One drink is described as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1 1/2 ounces of distilled liquor.