~ William Butler Yeats
Guinness is good for you, medical experts say.
Cuts cholesterol and acts like aspirin, they say...
The old advertising slogan ‘Guinness is good for you’ is actually true it seems. While Diageo, the manufacturer, makes no health claims for the product, scientific research shows a pint of Guinness a day is actually good for your health. Indeed it may work as well as a low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin made the discovery recently.
The Wisconsin scientists gave Guinness to dogs who had narrowed arteries. They found the Guinness worked as well as aspirin in preventing clots forming. The researchers told a convention of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Florida, that a pint of Guinness taken at meal time had the best impact.
They believe that antioxidant compounds in the Guinness are responsible for the health benefits because they decrease harmful cholesterol gathering on the artery walls.
Now, all anyone had to do was to ask the Irish what they thought about Guinness, but, no, we Americans need to do "research" first. We Irish have been "researching" for centuries and the consensus remains steadfast: Beer is good for you. Ah, sure, we couldn't give you the specifics, but we could have saved the University of Wisconsin some dough. But, now we can point to some facts rather than just talk about why we fancy a brew now and again.
Ok, time to go...with a tune, of course. Some trad Irish music from a pub session in Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland, at Joe McHugh's Pub. The gentleman in the video is Eoin O'Neill, a friend of a friend who we met at Brogan's Pub in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland, where Eileen got to play fiddle in a session with him.