Is Guinness really ‘good for you’?

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( CNN) Guinness, like other Irish stouts, enjoys a seasonal popularity every St. Patrick’s Day. It has also been touted as being “good for you, ” at least by its own advertising posters decades ago.

But can this creamy, rich and filling brew truly be added to a listing of healthy beverages? Or is its reputation just good marketing? We researched the beer’s history and talked to brewing experts and break out the very best, the not-so-great and the ingenuity of Guinness.

The good