Monday, March 15, 2010

In Prep for St. Patty's

There is nothing worse than walking into an Irish pub on St. Patrick's Day and seeing people drinking anything but a holiday-appropriate beverage. This is NOT the day to order your vodka-cran or a crisp white wine, people. Here are the choices: either green beer, a shot of Jameson's or a Guinness. You might enjoy the Luck O' the Irish if you employ the latter, here's why:

For starters, there are studies that claim that Guinness can be beneficial to the heart. Researchers have found that antioxidant compounds in Guinness, similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, are responsible for health benefits because they slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.

Even more important, there are 4 Weight Watchers points in a glass of Guinness draught stout; one whole pint is equal to two cups, so compared to an equal pour of wine (6.5 points), you save 2.5 points on the Guinness, ounce for ounce. Hello!

Despite its reputation as a "meal in a glass", Guinness only contains 198 calories per pint…..fewer than skimmed milk or orange juice and most other non-light beers. As if you needed another excuse to pour beer over your cereal.

And now, a toast:

"If you're lucky enough to be Irish, then you're lucky enough."

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