Recently, I re-introduced myself to the refreshing, creamy goodness of a Guinness stout. I used to think Guinness was high in calories, so I would prefer to drink lagers. However, Guinness is not really high in calories at all. The draught, bottle-conditioned and draught flow product, are fairly low in alcohol around 4.0% compared to most lagers and pilsner are around 5%. Calories in beer come from the alcohol and residual sugars. The higher the alcohol, the higher the caloric count.
Let's think in terms of a 2000 ml scale which is roughly the equivalent of a North American six pack or four UK pints. What does the available data tell us?
* Guinness (4.1%) - 2000 ml equals a little under 840 calories.
* Blue Moon (5.4%) - 2000 ml is around 1026 calories.
* Anchor Porter (5.7%) - 2000ml equals 1180 calories.
* Dragon Stout (6.8%) - 2000 ml equals 1240 calories.
Guinness, in fact, is lower in alcohol, calories and carbohydrates than Samuel Adams, Budweiser, Heineken and almost every other major-brand beer not classified as light or low-carb. It has fewer calories and carbohydrates than low-fat milk and orange juice, too! However, I do not suggest that you drink Guinness in the morning. On the extremely rare occasion or after a successful culinary seduction a mimosa or Bloody Marry may be more suitable for you and your date in the morning.
The old advertising slogan "Guinness is Good for You" may be true. According to researchers from the University of Wisconsin.
A pint of the dark ruby stuff (its not really black) a day may work as well as an aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks. Guinness is loaded with flavonoids, anti-oxidants that give the dark color to many fruits and vegetables.
These anti-oxidants are better than vitamins C and E, the study found, at keeping bad LDL cholesterol from clogging arteries. Blocked arteries also contribute to erectile dysfunction, as does overindulgence in alcohol.
Guinness has a higher concentration than lighter beers of vitamin B, which lowers levels of homocysteine, linked to clogged arteries. And researchers have found that anti-oxidants from the moderate use of stout might reduce the incidence of cataracts by as much as 50%...
Remember, everything in moderation. However, many times I don’t live by my own words. Sometimes for me it’s more like extreme=ecstasy.