Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nutrition Tip: BEER

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Tis the one day of the year where it may be celebrated to have a beer mid-day, on a weekday, just because of the country of origin of your grandfather's grandfather. Or your grandmother's grandmother. Or maybe it doesn't really matter.

Since beer cans and bottles do not have nutrition information on them (you need to look at the box for that), I thought I would post some nutrition info on beer..... just so you know. This info is for 12oz of regular beer (not Guinness, or other chewable kinds of draft).

* Calories: 153
* Protein: 1.64 g
* Carbohydrates: 12.64 g
* Calcium: 14 mg
* Magnesium: 21 mg
* Phosphorus: 50 mg
* Potassium: 96 mg
* Sodium: 14 mg
* Zinc: 0.04 mg
* Thiamin: 0.018 mg
* Riboflavin: 0.089 mg
* Niacin: 1.826 mg
* Pantothenic Acid: 0.146 mg
* Vitamin B6: 0.164 mg

There has been researched published stating that one alcoholic beverage per day is good for your heart! The jury is still out on the actual reason why individuals who have this daily drink are at lower risk for heart-related diseases, but some believe that it is the actual ethanol that has an anti-inflammatory effect. Therefore, any alcoholic beverage may offer some protection for your ticker. Just one per day. And avoid green food dyes today. Gross.


  1. Good to note that Guinness is actually a pretty low-cal beer (better then average American Lagers. 126 calories for 12oz, 210 calories for the typical pint.

  2. Yay! Thanks for the tip! Guinness is also very high in iron, which is why pregnant women in Europe consume it on occasion.