One of the questions on many people’s lips (pardon the pun) regarding the paleo diet is whether you can drink alcohol when on it? The answer is quite simple - yes with and if, or no with a but! Strictly speaking, the paleo diet says to avoid alcohol. The paleo diet is based on the idea of avoiding consuming foods or drinks that are harmful to your body and that your body cannot process efficiently. Alcohol is one such toxin. However, as with everything, moderation is the key.
Those looking to adopt a paleo diet should not be put off by its’ no-alcohol approach. Rather, you should be aware of why the diet recommends no alcohol, and what that means for you. By understanding the paleo diet, you can tailor your alcohol consumption in such a way that it benefits your diet as much as possible. Going out with friends and having a drink might be very important to your social life, and no diet should impede on your happiness. As always, you simply have to find a balance.
With that in mind, what kind of alcoholic drinks are best for the paleo diet, and what should definitely be avoiding if possible? Let’s start with what to avoid.
This one should be fairly obvious, but for those who are unaware, beer is made from barley and wheat. These are big no-no’s on the paleo list, so it’s not surprising to find that beer doesn’t make it onto the recommended list.
Many gins or whiskeys are processed with a grain based alcohol, which we know from the paleo diet basics is something to avoid. You can either learn what types of spirits are suitable, or you can play it safe and avoid them altogether.
It’s all well and good finding a grain-free spirit, but that goes out the water if you drown it in a sugary mineral or fruit juice! When using a mixer, try to soda water and natural lemon/lime for flavour.
And what about the good stuff?
Made from fermented grapes, wines are one of the safest choices for those on a paleo diet. Red wine is often considered a healthy drink when consumed in moderation, and that is no different here. When choosing a wine, try to avoid particularly sweet wines and stick to drier variations such as Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc.