Health benefits of Guinness stout and milk? Years back when I was at home with my mother, she usually sends me to nearby shop to get Guinness stout and “Peak milk”. Though she will deliberately give me to drink after mixing the two, but I personally don’t like the bitter taste of the combination.
The sole reason why I managed taking it then was that, my mother made me to believe that the combination is “good to my health.” And she knows, I don’t joke with my health, coupled with the fact that I like anything healthy.
However, when I got admission into the university after some couple of years, I met a close friend who normally drank Guinness stout with milk every weekend.
And when I decided to ask him about the benefits of taking Guinness stout and milk, he answered and said, “I get relaxed with my skin looking refreshed after taking it.”
That’s just it, even when I took it. You too can try and share your experience as well. But before I conclude on the health benefits of Guinness stout and milk, let us consider separately, in brief, the health benefits of Guinness stout and that of milk.
Benefits Of Guinness Stout
Famously known as ‘the black stuff or made of more,’ Guinness stout is loved and enjoyed all over the world with Nigeria included, but it’s hard to think of it because of the bitter taste.
But something about the slightly bitter taste of Guinness has convinced most Nigerians that it has medicinal benefits.
It is not out of place to see a Nigerian, especially ladies, having a bottle of Guinness just to combat stomach aches.
You know, when a people believe that something is beneficial to their health, it is easy for them to love it.
As well as being cited as having health benefits for pregnant women, Guinness stout was thought to be a good source of iron and therefore useful during pregnancy or breast feeding.
However, if the truth be known, Guinness contains a barely 0.3mg of iron per pint.
Benefits Of Milk
Milk has been enjoyed throughout the world for thousands of years. By definition, it’s a nutrient-rich fluid that female mammals produce to feed their young.
The most commonly consumed types come from cows, sheep and goats. Milk consumption is a hotly debated topic in the nutrition world, so you might wonder if it’s healthy or harmful.
However, below are science-backed health benefits of milk so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.
Milk Is Packed With Nutrients
The nutritional profile of milk is impressive. After all, it’s designed to fully nourish newborn animals.
Milk is a rich source of protein, which is necessary for many vital functions in our body, including growth and development, cellular repair and immune system regulation.
Just one cup (244 grams) of whole cow’s milk contains:
- Calories: 146
- Protein: 8 grams
- Fat: 8 grams
- Calcium: 28% of the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance)
- Vitamin D: 24% of the RDA
- Riboflavin (B2): 26% of the RDA
- Vitamin B12: 18% of the RDA
- Potassium: 10% of the RDA
- Phosphorus: 22% of the RDA
- Selenium: 13% of the RDA
In addition, milk is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including “nutrients of concern,” which are under-consumed by many populations.
It provides potassium, B12, calcium and vitamin D for healthy bones and skin, which are lacking in many diets. Milk is also a good source of vitamin A (for good eyesight), magnesium, zinc and thiamine (B1).
Additionally, it’s an excellent source of protein and contains hundreds of different fatty acids, including omega-3.
Health Benefits Of Guinness Stout And Milk
It Gives Vitamins And Iron
According to an article from the Institute of Brewing, a pint of Guinness is full of nutrients, including all the B vitamins, except B12, which is contained in milk.
Vitamins play a vital role in helping our bodies convert food into fuel. Three pints of stout ALONE will give you roughly the equivalent of a single yolk egg and contain 3% of an adult’s recommended daily dose of iron, which can help boost your energy levels if you’re feeling a bit sluggish.
It Gives Blood Because Of Iron Content
Although not in milk, Guinness has 0.3 milligrams of iron per beer, which is about 3% of an adult’s daily recommendation iron intake.
That may not seem like a lot but given that most adults fail to reach the recommended 19 mg/day, every little bit helps.
Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it through your body.
Guinness was actually once given to post-operative patients and pregnant women for this reason. No wonder my mother wants me to drink it, maybe for blood as well.
It Contains Antioxidants
Yes, the combination contains antioxidants, but how? Guinness stout contains nearly twice the amount of antioxidants found in light-coloured lagers. Guinness Stout is packed with flavonoids, the antioxidants that give fruit and vegetables their dark colour. Are you surprised?
Antioxidants are molecules that neutralise free radicals, unstable molecules that can harm your cells.
We usually find them in foods such as raspberries, kale and artichokes, even in many other fruits, vegetables and nuts.
The health benefits associated with a diet packed with plants are at least partially due to the variety of antioxidants they provide your body. Guinness stout and milk will give just that.
In addition, getting enough antioxidants in your system is great for your heart. Slowing down the deposit of cholesterol on artery walls, this can help reduce blood clots and the risk of heart attacks.
It Supports A Healthy Heart
Like mentioned above, Guinness contains “antioxidant compounds” similar to those found in fruits and vegetables that slow down the deposit of cholesterol on artery walls. This can help reduce blood clots and ultimately the risk of heart attacks.
It Supports Better and Healthy Bones
The combination of Guinness stout and milk may promote bone density given the plant hormone phytoestrogen that is found in the beer and Calcium found in milk.
Vitamin D found in milk protects the teeth and bones and defends against diseases such as osteoporosis.
On top of building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium enables our blood to clot, our muscles to contract and our hearts to keep beating.
It Make Your Skin Looks Healthy And Fresh
Guinness stout and milk helps to keep your skin supple, soft, and glowing. This is thanks to the many vitamins and nutrients that are essential to skin health found in both substances.
It Fights Against Depression And Reduces Stress
Thanks to the many vitamins and minerals that are in stout and milk, it can work as a stress reliever.
After a long, hard day at the office, sit down and drink a glass of Guinness stout with milk. This helps to relieve muscle tension and soothe your nerves.
It was also found that stout and milk makes you to relax. And this leads to less rates of depression and may also help prevent physical disabilities among elderly adults.
It Helps Hydrate Post-Workout
Maybe the most surprising of them all, one study showed that people who drank a post-workout pint of beer with milk were more hydrated than those who drank only water.
How possible? May be more research is needed to confirm.
Side Effects Of Guinness Stout And Milk
Also, though we have discussed the benefits of stout above, we strongly advise being sensible and drinking in moderation. Furthermore, some people may be allergic to milk.
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