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The health benefits of traditional Irish foods on St. Patrick's Day

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If you plan to celebrate St. Patrick's day you might be planning to eat some traditional Irish food too!

However, eating green frosted cupcakes or a bowl of Lucky Charms sugar cereal is not exactly the way to do it. First of all, that’s not traditional Irish food and secondly, it’s not healthy.

You might not think traditional Irish food are healthy, but there are actually many health benefits from several Irish favorites.

If you grab a beer after work, go for Guinness. The brand’s slogan is, “Guinness is good for you” and it may be true. A study suggests stout may work as well as a low dose aspirin to prevent blood clots. It’s believed the antioxidants in Guinness are similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, which are responsible for slowing down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.

First on the St. Patrick’s Day plate is corned beef, a great source of protein, minerals and B vitamins. Next, a side of cabbage - a good source of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, biotin, calcium, magnesium, and manganese. It also has the amino acid glutamine, which increases the body’s ability to secrete human growth hormone and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as assisting with immune system regulation and intestinal health. Traditional Irish soda bread tops off the meal. Truly traditional Irish soda bread only includes four pure ingredients; flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk - no fattening or unnecessary additives. You might find breads that are “called” Irish Soda bread but they include jellied fruits. However, it’s not exactly low in calories as all the candied dried fruit bits are high in sugar.

For traditional Irish soda bread recipes, click here.

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