Happy St. Patrick's Day! According to my extremely reliable source (sarcasm) Wikipedia, St. Patrick's Day began as a Catholic holiday and later turned into an official "feast day." When St. Patrick was 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland and held captive but later escaped and returned to England. When he returned to England, he became a priest, went back to Ireland as a missionary converting a variety of influential people. The holiday was established to celebrate his Christian impact on Ireland! Wikipedia also reports that St. Patrick's color was actually blue, however, he used the shamrock to explain the trinity during his mission work and over time, he became associated with the shamrock and green. Again, not the most reliable source, but interesting none the less :). Somehow it has morphed into wear green and drink beer holiday.
Guinness has been an exceptionally successful beer developed in the 18th century. It is the best selling alcoholic drink in Ireland of all time. Profits exceed 2 Billion Pounds (around 3.06 billion US dollars) a year. An interesting nutrition fact about Guinness is that in the 1920s, it adopted the slogan "It Is Good For You" because people said it made them feel good when they drank it. Many years ago the company was prohibited from using that slogan and to this day, the drink makes no health claims.
The American Dietetic Association recommends limiting alcohol consumption to 2 drink per day for men and 1 drink per day for women (1 drink = 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of distilled spirits).
I hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day and remember: Don't Drink & Drive!
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