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Best Alcohol for you on Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Let's face it, we all need a drink or two every once in a while I started out with cholinergic urticaria about a year ago and it got worse to where if I drank beer the next day I would break out in hives, so I went gluten free which is now paleo. Including the beer

Now I drink Angry orchard, Agave tequila, and Rums. I've found out it's helped me a bit from breaking out the next day. I've read that when distilled it takes out the carbs from the alcohol and Rum is made from molasses anyways.

I also try to eat if I'm going to drink.

What drinks do you tolerate best? What drinks make you feel worse?

71ef6fa9da502f1caa096f3047262f28

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on December 03, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Yea I've tried ciders before. I like them but they're just too sweet to drink more than one. If I plan to be out drinking all night, I tend to stay to the simpler drinks. But yea they are pretty good.

4517f03b8a94fa57ed57ab60ab694b7d

on November 27, 2012
at 09:01 PM

the body processes alcohol as it would sugar

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on November 27, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Ah ok I didn't know that about fermentation in general. I hope your hives issue goes away. I had a bought of hives last year that ran about 4-5 months, so many things irritated it, though the underlying cause was severe malnutrition due to a stomach problem that led to me not eating for 3 months, just drinking juices and water.. not a way to live! But then it all cleared up after getting some food back into my system - I hope you find something that works for you!

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on November 27, 2012
at 06:39 AM

False, alcohol is just alcohol unless sugar is added. When it is distilled only the alcohol is taken out as far as liquors go.

4517f03b8a94fa57ed57ab60ab694b7d

on November 27, 2012
at 06:04 AM

alcohol is sugar darlin'

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on November 27, 2012
at 04:37 AM

Just what makes you feel worse. Example: beer I break out in hives next day; I think gluten and sugary drinks make me wake early or find it hard to go to sleep when I've had a few and sobered up when I have finally gotten into bed

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on November 27, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Yes honey is fine; it's usually things fermented/not fresh that have high histamine content like left over ground meat, beer, and yogurt.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on November 27, 2012
at 12:07 AM

Agree on cider! Mead is really unique and not quite like a wine at all! It is hard to put it into a category, its texture and mouth feel can be like wine, and it's alcohol levels are around the same or lower (some are closer to a high av German beer), it has a light sweetness, not thick and syrupy and super drinkable. Carroll's Mead distributes to the Northeast, but you can also order from grandwinecellars.com. There are other meads listed, but many of them have grapes, which would be a problem with the histamine. But I don't know if honey has histamine - can you eat honey?

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on November 26, 2012
at 10:24 PM

well said .

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 26, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Agreed. Screw paleo, I'm drinking beer! (Note, I'm neither celiac nor sensitive in the slightest to wheat, YMMV.)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 26, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Gin is flavored with juniper berries, it is distilled from a grain-based (barley) mash. Unless cross-contaminated (unlikely), distilled spirits are not going to cause a reaction.

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on November 26, 2012
at 07:02 PM

I can't have wine due to the high histamine content, have yet to try it because I never really liked wine. But high histamine foods do make the hives worse for me. I love beer, and it's really hard but the apple ciders are the next best thing

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on November 26, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Trust me, I have the same problems. Im a senior at Texas Tech and go out every thurs, fri, and sat; its hard not to. Along with all the bros drink beer. Have you tried Angry Orchard? It's an apple cider that's really good, like an apple beer. Along with crispin I stick to agave, Patron's awsome, and rums I'll have to try ciroc

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on November 26, 2012
at 04:50 PM

While technically all distilled spirits should be ok (gluten-wise), I still have issues with Whiskey. I attribute it to cross-contamination at the factory. So I stick to Tequila with no issues.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 26, 2012
at 05:31 PM

In my opinion, the best alcohol to drink is a high quality one that you enjoy. If alcohol becomes 10%+ of your caloric load then you are probably consuming too much.

I am pretty sure most here understand that alcohol is not optimal -- from a dietary stance -- and that we are choosing to enjoy a drink because we are responsible adults (who are not alcoholics or have celiacs disease). So drink what you enjoy the most!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 26, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Agreed. Screw paleo, I'm drinking beer! (Note, I'm neither celiac nor sensitive in the slightest to wheat, YMMV.)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on November 26, 2012
at 10:24 PM

well said .

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on November 26, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Rum and vodka always seem fine for me, then mead (try to look for pure 100% honey mead, many are blended with white wine and not as good nor do you get some of the pleasant side effects, a nice head buzz and very sublime sexual arousal). I also have a friend who makes wild crafted wines, different every year, some of the best are her pure blackberry (no wine grapes, and not sweet, very dry and very strong), straight rhubarb and straight pear. Grape wines are great too, but it is nice to try new things if you know someone who makes their own.. seems to be a hobby cropping up everywhere.

I still love a sip of really good beer but I don't like finishing one, don't like how I feel the next day.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on November 27, 2012
at 12:07 AM

Agree on cider! Mead is really unique and not quite like a wine at all! It is hard to put it into a category, its texture and mouth feel can be like wine, and it's alcohol levels are around the same or lower (some are closer to a high av German beer), it has a light sweetness, not thick and syrupy and super drinkable. Carroll's Mead distributes to the Northeast, but you can also order from grandwinecellars.com. There are other meads listed, but many of them have grapes, which would be a problem with the histamine. But I don't know if honey has histamine - can you eat honey?

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

(687)

on November 27, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Yes honey is fine; it's usually things fermented/not fresh that have high histamine content like left over ground meat, beer, and yogurt.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on November 27, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Ah ok I didn't know that about fermentation in general. I hope your hives issue goes away. I had a bought of hives last year that ran about 4-5 months, so many things irritated it, though the underlying cause was severe malnutrition due to a stomach problem that led to me not eating for 3 months, just drinking juices and water.. not a way to live! But then it all cleared up after getting some food back into my system - I hope you find something that works for you!

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

(687)

on November 26, 2012
at 07:02 PM

I can't have wine due to the high histamine content, have yet to try it because I never really liked wine. But high histamine foods do make the hives worse for me. I love beer, and it's really hard but the apple ciders are the next best thing

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on November 26, 2012
at 06:49 PM

For drinking? Vin blanc or vin rouge. For getting drunk? Vodka. Those are IMHO the best choices. if you want to get picky you can opt for a vodka distilled from potatoes (like Chopin) as opposed to the typical variety distilled from wheat (Grey Goose, Absolut, kettle One, etc...Svedka). Be aware, however, that all vodka, distilled from wheat or not, should be gluten-free, so if you're asking for Chopin, it should be to a taste preference, not for purity/health reason(s). And, we all know Grey Goose is the smoothest anyways.

That being said, I don't often pass up occasions for beer, gin, saki, or champagne. Oh, and remember, be careful not to mix grape and grain.

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Ce3e8dba49234f664871518b60f57443

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on November 26, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Cider, mead, wine, & tequila (NorCal) seem to work out okay for me. I also have a weakness for rye which also doesn't seem to cause any undue stress on my system.

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on November 26, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Wine and tequila don't pose any problems for me (unless I drink too much). I haven't tried rum since going Paleo as it is sweeter and I have a killer sweet tooth that I try to keep dormant. I like the Nor Cal margarita if I'm going to drink tequila.

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B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on November 26, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Whiskey or Tequila (100% agave) neat or on the rocks.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on November 26, 2012
at 04:50 PM

While technically all distilled spirits should be ok (gluten-wise), I still have issues with Whiskey. I attribute it to cross-contamination at the factory. So I stick to Tequila with no issues.

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800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

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on November 27, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Vodka. Polish Potato Vodka is the original recipe that the Russians adopted. Stoly's is made from Archer Daniels Midland's industrialized grain alcohol, shipped in drums to Russia for "flavoring" & bottled. Same goes for Absolut and some of the others so be careful. I'd recommend you avoid any "Grain, Wheat or Rye" vodkas.

The fruit that despicableconservative is thinking of is grapes. I believe that it Grey Goose that uses grapes.

My favorite vodkas are Tito's (Gluten Free and made from corn), Luksusowa (Polish Potato & gluten free), Chopin (Polish Potato & gluten free) but my all time favorite is Karlsson's Gold (Swedish & made from "virgin gold potatoes" harvested before the potato forms a skin & gluten free). There are some US made potato vodkas also. Koenig, Barton & James, Blue Ice... all very good and gluten free!!!

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4517f03b8a94fa57ed57ab60ab694b7d

on November 27, 2012
at 02:55 AM

I have gleaned from old russian novels that the best tasting alcohol is that made of fruit, but I cannot remember from which exact fruit - I'm thinking plums, cherries, apples.

But youre asking for the healthiest or least deleterious alcohol? I don't think after the first or second drink you'll care much, so go ahead and go crazy - Worry about it later. Sometimes the period after a mistake is the best time to reflect and make real changes in your life. If youre still alive that is.

And you will be. So enjoy your night out!

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on November 27, 2012
at 04:37 AM

Just what makes you feel worse. Example: beer I break out in hives next day; I think gluten and sugary drinks make me wake early or find it hard to go to sleep when I've had a few and sobered up when I have finally gotten into bed

4517f03b8a94fa57ed57ab60ab694b7d

on November 27, 2012
at 06:04 AM

alcohol is sugar darlin'

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

(687)

on November 27, 2012
at 06:39 AM

False, alcohol is just alcohol unless sugar is added. When it is distilled only the alcohol is taken out as far as liquors go.

4517f03b8a94fa57ed57ab60ab694b7d

on November 27, 2012
at 09:01 PM

the body processes alcohol as it would sugar

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07a0e800b72945c56c500845d3dcb005

on November 26, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I'm 43 and had been a "beer only" person... 3 months Primal and I have lost the taste for beer, but have been enjoying red wine in moderation.

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71ef6fa9da502f1caa096f3047262f28

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on November 26, 2012
at 04:45 PM

I don't have the same issues as you. My problems were more stomach related but I find alcohol to be a huge issue. I'm young and want to be able to go out and drink with my friends but I find certain alcohols to bother me no matter what.

Beer is the worst culprit. I had to stop drinking it all together. When it comes to liquors, I'm undecided. I stick with the ones that are NOT made or distilled from grains which are tequila (made from the agave plant), rum (molasses), and gin (made from juniper berries). Vodkas and whiskeys are made from grains such as wheat, rye, corn, etc. However, I've also heard that distilling takes out all gluten from the alcohol. But I still have trouble with vodkas and whiskeys. I haven't tried Ciroc yet (vokda, supposedly its made from grapes, thats what I heard at least).

I try to stay away from sugary drinks or any drinks made with a sugar or syrup mix. So that leaves me with OJ, Cranberry juice, tonic or club soda to mix with. My drink of choice (although it can get boring) is gin and tonic with a lime. I never get sick from that (it does give killer headaches the next day lol, but I'll take that over stomach issues). And the other drink I can have no problem is wine. So I'd recommend wines or the alcohols which aren't made from grains and are kept very simple.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 26, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Gin is flavored with juniper berries, it is distilled from a grain-based (barley) mash. Unless cross-contaminated (unlikely), distilled spirits are not going to cause a reaction.

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

(687)

on November 26, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Trust me, I have the same problems. Im a senior at Texas Tech and go out every thurs, fri, and sat; its hard not to. Along with all the bros drink beer. Have you tried Angry Orchard? It's an apple cider that's really good, like an apple beer. Along with crispin I stick to agave, Patron's awsome, and rums I'll have to try ciroc

71ef6fa9da502f1caa096f3047262f28

(130)

on December 03, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Yea I've tried ciders before. I like them but they're just too sweet to drink more than one. If I plan to be out drinking all night, I tend to stay to the simpler drinks. But yea they are pretty good.

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