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Is alcohol paleo?

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Created March 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

What form is the most acceptable if any?

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

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on March 18, 2013
at 09:37 PM

I don't think that just being able to digest something should be proof that we were meant to eat it, even more we could get any benefit from it. But I guess it depend on how you look at it. BTW, who cares if it is or not strictly paleo? Shouldn't be of more concern if it is actually healthy or not? (which can be pretty debatable, again).

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 18, 2013
at 03:10 PM

No *added* yeast required. If it was fermenting, it had yeast. :-)

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on March 18, 2013
at 02:58 PM

I don't want to watch the show again but Mat's index must rate alcohol about -39,000,000. So far as partially spoiled fruits go, leaving a quart of cider in the back of my hot VW for an afternoon was enough to get it fermenting. No yeast required.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 18, 2013
at 02:34 PM

Disagree! The fact that we can digest alcohol at all comes from the fact that it was, to some degree in our diets.

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on March 18, 2013
at 12:02 PM

Matt, why isn't chicha considered paleo?

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on March 18, 2013
at 11:56 AM

Too many paleo sins and you don't get to join Grok hunting gazelles in the great savannah in the sky!

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on March 17, 2013
at 11:52 PM

Robb Wolf would disagree. Clear spirits - vodka and tequila. Do some searching on here, lots of posts about booze.

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on March 17, 2013
at 10:59 PM

aprapos question ..! :) are you indulging in some green tinted beer perhaps?

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 18, 2013
at 02:45 PM

To expound upon my comment above ...

The fact that we can digest alcohol at all comes from the fact that it was, to some degree in our ancestral diets. The ability to digest naturally occurring alcohols as well as partially spoiled fruits would be advantageous. So, in a sense, alcohol itself is ideologically sound, paleo-wise. Our bodies also produce alcohol and has removal systems in place to handle it, so there may be a difference between external and internal alcohol.

However, "having a drink"? Probably not paleo-sound. But again, there have been plenty of studies, both pro and con, about alcohol consumption, and the consensus seems to be that 1 drink a day for women or 2 for men seems to convey more benefits than ills.

Not paleo, but not the worst thing to have.

None of this should be used as an excuse to get wasted, though! :-)

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on March 18, 2013
at 02:58 PM

I don't want to watch the show again but Mat's index must rate alcohol about -39,000,000. So far as partially spoiled fruits go, leaving a quart of cider in the back of my hot VW for an afternoon was enough to get it fermenting. No yeast required.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 18, 2013
at 03:10 PM

No *added* yeast required. If it was fermenting, it had yeast. :-)

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 17, 2013
at 09:08 PM

Alcohol isn't paleo, but that ain't stopping me from drinking it!

Another strike against beer: According to Ben Franklin: God made beer because he loves us and wants us to be happy.

D2b653e1bb95489af69ece6182abec48

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on March 18, 2013
at 12:02 PM

Matt, why isn't chicha considered paleo?

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on March 17, 2013
at 09:14 PM

Who cares? when you die you die (forever), no matter what the religious nuts think

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 18, 2013
at 11:56 AM

Too many paleo sins and you don't get to join Grok hunting gazelles in the great savannah in the sky!

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F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on March 19, 2013
at 07:35 AM

I suppose fermented fruits could be considered Paleo.

Interesting info preferential metabolism of alcohol vs carbs, fats & protein. And why drinking can make us fat.

Least bad / most benefical ...red wine Least bad...clear spirits, no sugar... vodka & soda w/ a twist.

http://graemethomasonline.com/beach-body-or-beer-belly-alcohol-and-your-physique/ http://www.efficientdrinker.com/

Enjoy, responsibly. :)

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on March 18, 2013
at 08:06 PM

Our bodies know how to process alcohol, and have known since long before we were human. Alcohol was definitely present in our environment of evolutionary adaptation (not at high concentration, but then, the same is true of butter). Beyond that theoretical paleo issues don't offer much guidance, and decisions about how much and how often to drink should probably be based on the observable consequences of drinking (becoming an alcoholic isn't good for survival, and it doesn't take a wasted Grok to tell you that).

As for other paleo considerations: Distilled spirits should have zero carb content. As far as I know, sugars are not volatile at anywhere near the boiling point of alcohol. There's also no way that distillation should be able to bring gluten into the finished booze, though you could get trace contamination since it's obviously processed in a facility with grains in it.

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048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

on March 18, 2013
at 10:14 AM

I guess alcohol would be pretty hard to find in the wild for our ancestors so it could be labelled as paleo, so no :D

That being said, I guess it would be more interesting to ask one self if alcohol is good or bad for you. In this regard, although there are some studies that claim that just a little bit of it could have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity and support cardiovascular health via stabilizing blood pressure, it's also true that alcohol has lot more pretty nasty effects on the body, like being catabolic for the muscles, dehydrating, highly caloric, fat-promoting, empty of good nutrients, and the list goes on. Heck, how do you feel when you overindulge and get a hangover on it? As for myself, pretty bad. Don't feel like it may have something positive at all.

The only form of alcohol that I've seen that paleo guys may defend a little bit is dark wine, maybe because of the resveratrol, and maybe other forms of occasional alcohol that don't come from grains, and if beer, gluten-free ones. But I guess that it would be wiser to stick to red grapes if you want the resveratrol and restrict alcohol as much as possible, if health concerned. But once in a while, it's not going to kill you, you know.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

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on March 18, 2013
at 09:37 PM

I don't think that just being able to digest something should be proof that we were meant to eat it, even more we could get any benefit from it. But I guess it depend on how you look at it. BTW, who cares if it is or not strictly paleo? Shouldn't be of more concern if it is actually healthy or not? (which can be pretty debatable, again).

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 18, 2013
at 02:34 PM

Disagree! The fact that we can digest alcohol at all comes from the fact that it was, to some degree in our diets.

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on March 18, 2013
at 03:38 AM

If you're only looking at gluten, then things like wine and the above-mentioned clear spirits are fine. There's always a risk of cross-contamination though. Beer and whiskey - depends on how much you react to the gluten left over from fermentation.

If you're looking at paleo as low sugar... I think most alcohols are out. They'll probably work as an occasional treat in moderation, but honestly how many of us moderate our alcohol intake based on sugar content?

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on March 17, 2013
at 09:02 PM

as far as I know, red wine would be best. Most, if not all beer isn't paleo. I assume your asking for St. Patties day and I would suggest that if you really want to, you should treat yourself by partying a little. Just don't get completely wasted

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on March 17, 2013
at 11:52 PM

Robb Wolf would disagree. Clear spirits - vodka and tequila. Do some searching on here, lots of posts about booze.

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