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Debunking common myths about Guinness on St. Paddy’s Day

Guinness

Guinness is one of the most popular Irish beers in the world. and today is its biggest day.

For St. Paddy’s Day, Time Magazine is debunking a few mainstream myths about it.

Myth 1: Guinness has a very high alcohol content.
It actually has less alcohol than most beers. Guinness is 4.2 percent alcohol compared to the average beer at 5 percent.

Myth 2: Guinness is heavy and must be high in calories.
Nope. A 12-ounce serving is only 125 calories. If you compare that to Bud Light, the light beer is only 15 calories less. Most of the calories come from the alcohol. The dark color and sweetness come from the roasted barley.

Myth 3: Guinness is good for you.
This myth was made popular in the 1920s with clever marketing of the brand.
Moderate consumption of alcohol may be good for you but there is also a lot of research showing a correlation between moderate alcohol consumption and many health problems.

MORE: See more facts from Time Magazine