Gwyneth and her Guinness sparks controversy

By auditioning contributor Kristin:

Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin were spotted at hip Lower East Side sushi bar Cube 63 on Tuesday night. Gwyneth, who is expecting their second child in about 5 weeks, was reportedly drinking a bottle of Guinness – which her rep confirms. A witness at the restaurant said that Gwyneth was receiving stares from the other people who were eating, and that she tried to "melt" into the corner as they looked and waved at her.

I did some research on this particular type of brew, and found a website that has some FAQ’s. Guinness did not make any sort of statement saying that their beer was safe for pregnant mothers. However, when asked if Guinness was "good for you", the answer was this: "Its alcohol is low enough to have a relaxing effect. The bottle-conditioned product may produce a mild laxative effect due to the live yeast….There is medical folklore about Guinness and stout, in general. In some countries, stout is seen as an aphrodisiac, or as a beneficial bath for newborn babies."

CBB reader Suzanne emails, "My hubby lived in Germany for 10+ years. He knew pregnant moms whose docs prescribed a pint of Guinness per day and all the babies were healthy as could be. Hubby’s mom drank a pint herself each day, during each of her five pregnancies. All of her babies were healthy as clams."

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Thanks to CBB readers Bridget, Stacy, Christina, Lianne, Santress, Tiffanie, and Mary Beth.

Source: NY Daily News and Guinness Fact and Folklore

Some doctors have been known to tell pregnant mothers that they are allowed one alcoholic beverage, once in a while. I know when I was pregnant with my daughter, my doctor told me it was safe to have an occasional glass of wine. Gwyneth is a known vegetarian, and has said in previous interviews that she likes her daughter Apple to eat healthily. It could be possible that Gwyneth got the okay from her doc about the Guinness. Here are two other questions asked on the website:

Q. What about the old wives tale about nursing mothers drinking Guinness?

A: Current medical research suggests that pregnant women and nursing mothers should totally abstain from any form of alcoholic beverage. In pregnancy, it can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, characterized by slow development. Alcohol does pass in the mother’s milk, so nursing mothers should avoid Guinness and any other form of alcohol. I have received numerous comments from readers that I am being overly cautious and that Guinness is still given to nursing mothers in Ireland and brown ale to mothers in Belgium.

Q. Guinness has been dispensed in hospitals, correct?

A. Yes. In England, post-operative patients used to be given Guinness, as were blood donors. Sadly, this is no longer the case in England. In Ireland, Guinness is still made available to blood donors and stomach and intestinal post-operative patients. Guinness is known to be high in iron content.

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