Guinness is actually healthier than light beer — here’s why
The slogan “Guinness is Good for You” may actually have some truth to it.
Guinness contains 20 more calories than a can of Bud Light, but it is made up of more healthy complex carbohydrates.
The dark beer also contains more folate and fiber.
The lower alcohol content in Guinness can spare your metabolism some trouble.
Beers marked “light” and “low carb”often taste empty, bland, and (let’s face it) sad. There’s nothing more depressing than watching your friends down thick, rich brews of their favorite beers while you’re silently sipping a watery can of diet-friendly Bud Light.
The classic slogan, “Guinness is Good for You” might actually have some truth to it, after all.
You see, Guinness contains approximately 166 calories per pint. That’s20 measly calories more than the empty-tasting swill of light beer. Sure, the can contains 10 grams of carbs as opposed to the six in Bud Light beer, but that’s largely due to the heavy concentration of roasted barley used in its brewing process. Less water and morehealthy complex carbohydratesare in thisdark Irish concoctionthan the simple-carbohydrate-packed, rice-infused Bud Light. And as a result, more nutritional benefit is waiting inside of each serving, too.
The nutrients provided by Guinness Draught don’t end at complex carbs. It also contains morefolate, a nutrient we need to make DNA and other genetic material, than any other beer. Additionally, like Charlie Bamforth, a professor of brewing sciences at the University of California,told CNN, “Because Guinness contains a lot of unmalted barley, which contains more fiber than malted grain, it is also one of the beers with the highest levels of fiber.” Bud Light and most other light beers, however, don’t contain any.
The alcohol contentislower in Guinness Draught than in many other beers — but that makes it healthier, too. Alcoholhas the potential to lower your metabolismby up to 73 percent. So by drinking a beer with lower alcohol by volume, you’re sparing your metabolism some struggle.
We recommend you swap out your “healthier” brew of beer (which we doubt yougenuinely enjoy as much as the others) for a Guinness. You’ll leave the bar feeling more satisfied and you even might enjoy your drinking experience, without severelysabotaging your health.
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