She said: “They say it’s good for you and it’s obviously done something for me. I have a Guinness at 10.30 every morning with a bag of salt and vinegar crisps and it’s what has kept me going all these years.”
Working as a baker until the age of 90, Gladys celebrated her 100th birthday last Saturday with a tea party in her home town of Burnley, Lancashire. A telegram from the Queen, over ten years her junior, added status to the occasion. Source: Express.
If you haven't heard of Guinness, it's a bitter brew which contains iron. Gladys likes to top her glass up with lemonade. This causes a violent reaction which froths up to settle into a sweet, thick, creamy head in the glass. I've tried Guinness and lemonade, and really like it on a hot day. I haven't tasted any for a few years though.
The drink is made from roasted barley, hops, yeast, and water. The deep color and caramelized flavor come from barley that has been roasted but not malted.
The thick, creamy head that Guinness is well known for is achieved by mixing the beer with nitrogen, which creates smaller bubbles and thus a thicker head.
Guinness long ago earned the nickname "meal in a cup" because of it's thick, filling nature. Surprisingly, at 198 calories per pint, Guinness contains fewer calories than most juices or even milk. In the 1920's, Guinness used the slogan "Guinness is good for you," after consumers reported an enhanced feeling of wellbeing after drinking a pint. Due to restrictions on medical claims, this slogan has long since been abandoned. Regardless of whether the company advertises it, Guinness contains a surprising amount of healthful antioxidants similar to those found in fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants have even shown to help slow the deposit of bad cholesterol on artery walls. Source: About food.
My husband had a medical procedure at the local hospital on Friday afternoon. A lung biopsy. I'm cautiously optimistic about the outcome, because the doctors told him the growth had shrunk since the last x-ray and cancer didn't act that way.
He came home fit enough to cook the evening meal—something I'd been prepared to take over if he didn't feel up to it. He always has a good appetite so I knew he'd want to eat. Although sore, he kept up his normal routine, and yesterday drove to our town centre where he met people he knew. One old friend presented him with a can of Guinness. She said her grandmother 'swore by it' as the extra iron helped her stay healthy to a ripe old age.
Maybe we should use the advice for ourselves if we want to remain healthy and fit.
Have you ever tried Guinness?