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I was first told about Guinness as a child by my father because I used to be anemic and my parents could never get me to take tablets, so at a young age of about 7 I was given a glass with meal times. Later on in life during my pregnancies my anemia came back so the doctor gave me the usual folic acid and iron tablets, only thing was the iron tablets made my morning sickness worse, so I tried the Guinness again and although it never really tasted that great on its own some one told me to mix it with black currant and that helped it to go down easier. Now as I approach erm .. .as my kids call it . . . middle age my anemia has come back ( anemia is when you produce more white blood cells than red, this then leaves you prone to all the flues, cold and coughs that go round. And you never have colour your face always, looks like a white sheet) so now every day at tea time with my evening meal, I have a bottle as it is straight from the fridge nice and cold. And it works my blood count is on the up, so if you are like me and cant stand iron tablets give Guinness a go.
The taste may take a bit of getting used to but with your meal it will be fine. Although if you pour it into a glass just the look may be off putting because it does resemble tar as my teenage daughter says. I think of it more as a cappuccino with no milk just the froth on top.
Guinness comes in a few different forms. We have Guinness original which I have been telling you a little about, there is Guinness draught and Guinness foreign Extra stout, but all come from same place. It started in Ireland almost 200 years ago by a man called Arthur Guinness, which to this day still use the same recipe. Guinness original how ever is slightly different from draught because it's meant to be smoother and creamier than the others.
It can be bought in cans or bottles, but I prefer the bottles because I can taste the tins in beer. If u are looking for the cans then they come in black tins with a cream label and has a picture of a harp with the date 1759 on it. The bottles also look the same except these bottles are brown in colour and both these have what looks like to be Arthur Guinness's signature written in red on them
I buy mine from tescos and pay £2.99 for 4 bottles, costs a little more than iron tablets but i much prefer to take my iron this way!!
Although this is alcoholic, in moderation a glass a day or the small bottles will help!
I am a lager drinker,never liked guiness, although they say in Ireland it tastes completely different. another thing, unfortunately I have never been pregnant! Nice review. Barbara xx
rosillew 26.05.2005 14:41
Funny you should say that....i was very anemic with my second Daughter, even though I took iron tabs, folic acid and ate loads of liver and spinach, my Dr advised me to drink a bottle of Guiness each day during my pregnancy (just one bottle mind) I hated the taste but used to put a dash of lime in it....... Mmmmmm lovely...... Heatherx
craggsy23 25.05.2005 10:02
I can't stand guiness but I have heard of people drinking while pregnant, as long as it's not over taken, i'm sure it's okay as with any drink. Helen