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Guinness Is Good For Your Heart

Guinness Is Good For You!

It looks like this famous old slogan has some truth to it after all. A new study from the University of Wisconsin has reported that a pint of Guinness could have the same heart health benefits as a low dose of aspirin. When tested on dogs, antioxidants in Guinness helped reduce blood clots and slow down deposits of cholesterol on the artery walls. Dogs were chosen not because they love to lap up beer, but because they have narrow blood vessels similar to those of humans who suffer from heart disease. Blood clots and clogged arteries are bad news because they increase a person's risk for a heart attack.

Let me point out that the benefits were found from drinking Guinness, not any other beers. This news doesn't mean you should go on a Guinness drinking binge for your heart's sake, because beer still contains alcohol, so limit yourself to one or fewer drinks a day.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
Is anyone else bothered by the fact that they were feeding beer to dogs to test this theory? Hops and alcohol are toxic to dogs, which is why you should never give your dog beer. Although I have found a website where you can buy special hops-free N/A beer for dogs. It's kind of expensive though. I do happen to like Guinness, but I don't drink it very often. It's kind of a special treat for me. I like how chocolate-y it tastes.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 7 years
Oh good, does that mean a Black & Tan is good for you? ;) Not that I don't love Guinness on its own, but adding some Smithwick's does not hurt...
syako syako 7 years
It's not too bad compared to other beer. A 12 oz bottle has 126 calories, compared to Budweiser at 145. It's definitely an acquired taste for most. :) I used to never want to try it, but when my husband would order it every time we were out, I decided to give it a try and I really like it.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
Yucky, I hate Guinness! Plus isn't it really calorific and filling? My bf went through this really weird phase where he would only order Guinness and it was so gross.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 7 years
too bad i don't like it at all =( i'll pretend the study was done with blue moon instead.
kia kia 7 years
has this study been replicated? this article is over 5 years old.
syako syako 7 years
I love Guinness too. Sounds like a perfect reason to pick up a pint tonight! :D
kia kia 7 years
Awesome that the BBC has such lengthy coverage based on this story.
pss pss 7 years
Great!!cuz I love it.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
Let's see if the sales go up. So many people think it tastes nasty. I've loved it for years.
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