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Beer: What should I be more concerned with; Gluten or Carbs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 23, 2011 at 11:05 PM

I did a search, but I could not find an answer to this. I am relatively new to paleo but the only appropriate drink for being on the boat out on the water is beer and I can not/am not willing to let it go at this point. It is my one vice, so what do I need to be more worried about, the gluten or the carbs? I have not noticed any ill effects with introducing gluten back into my diet by drinking a beer so If I can handle it, would it be better to go with a MGD 64 with much less carbs and calories than a Red Bridge or New Grist that is gluten free but with 3x as much carbs?

Just wondering what the least of the two evils would be?

Thanks Chris

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on July 24, 2011
at 05:43 PM

I would actually be primarily concerned about the beer goggles. You can get over the gluten. However, waking up to realize that Ms Right For Tonight was a huge mistake and all your buddies are there to witness...that scars for life.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 24, 2011
at 05:43 PM

I would actually be primarily concerned about the beer goggles. You can get over the gluten. However, waking up to realize that Ms Right For Tonight was a huge mistake and all your buddies are there top witness...that scars for life.

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on July 24, 2011
at 04:02 PM

I always find that Heineken has a skunky aftertaste but you're correct - it is one of the best GF beers. My preference is Stella. Plus I get to yell Steeelllllaaaaa when I drink it :)

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on July 24, 2011
at 02:24 PM

+1 for "denying yourself beer on the boat is sinful". But seriously, I have read that Heineken is very low gluten, even lower than some "gluten free" varieties, and it tastes like beer. A celiac friend can have a couple Heinekens and not get ill. Heineken is basically the only gluten containing thing I ingest anymore, and I haven't felt one bit of stomach discomfort. Happy boating!

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on July 24, 2011
at 10:53 AM

If you won't give up beer (and I don't blame you), Budweiser Select 55 is only 1.9g of carbs and I think it tastes a little better than MGD64. :)

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 24, 2011
at 03:38 AM

I'd sooner drink my own piss than gluten free beer. Go big or go home. Enjoy the real beer already!

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on July 23, 2011
at 11:26 PM

Your premise that carbs are evil is fault and behind the times.

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on July 23, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Gluten will cause disease in some and promote autoimmune issues. Carbs will either help your performance or make you fat.

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on July 23, 2011
at 11:06 PM

Are you in top health? Or are you looking to lose weight or fix auto-immune issues?

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 23, 2011
at 11:49 PM

Don't worry about the carbs, man. If you're trying to lose weight and you're obese, then maybe/kinda worry but even then, denying yourself beer on the boat is sinful :) Do a little water skiing or tubing and you'll burn it off.

I'd worry about the gluten because after being gluten free it can cause a tummy ache. Here's a list of gluten-free beer.

Go have fun and don't worry, man!

Fe87afa634afe26f4f6fd956abe0b46a

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on July 24, 2011
at 02:24 PM

+1 for "denying yourself beer on the boat is sinful". But seriously, I have read that Heineken is very low gluten, even lower than some "gluten free" varieties, and it tastes like beer. A celiac friend can have a couple Heinekens and not get ill. Heineken is basically the only gluten containing thing I ingest anymore, and I haven't felt one bit of stomach discomfort. Happy boating!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 24, 2011
at 04:02 PM

I always find that Heineken has a skunky aftertaste but you're correct - it is one of the best GF beers. My preference is Stella. Plus I get to yell Steeelllllaaaaa when I drink it :)

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on July 23, 2011
at 11:23 PM

I think it depends on what your end results are looking to be, or where you are in your journey.

If you are still dropping weight and working the pounds off, stick with the lower carb stuff. Once youre there, you can get more hardcore on the gluten.

As a side note, while yes, it is there, but most low carb/low cal beers are fairly low in gluten as well. Not low enough if youre celiac, but low if youre just cutting back.

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on July 23, 2011
at 11:30 PM

The only reason the carbohydrate would even possibly be an issue would be if you were trying to actively monitor their intake for weight loss. You don't mention this so the carbohydrate is a non issue.

I suppose if you were extremely gluten sensitive then the gluten content would be an issue, yes. But as you say you can handle beer without stomach upset.

Looks like got a double win, there. Boats and beer, sounds like fun

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on July 24, 2011
at 03:35 AM

It's all your decision and what you're looking for in Paleo, as there are a variety of reasons that people have chosen this lifestyle. It will be whatever works for you and your goals.

Just based off your concerns with carbs and gluten, maybe you've just been eating clean and seeing where it leads you? With summer here, funtimes on your boat, and a ritual you've had in the past I can see where you may be trying to figure out how to work brew back in but still stay healthy.

The list of gluten-free's that @baconbitch gave is great and there are a few on there, such as Sprecher Shakparo, Estrella Daura, and New Planet, that are quite tasty. Whole Foods carries the bulk of that list. Out of all the mass produced beers Heineken is the lowest of all mainstream's in gluten but not 100% free - if anyone is particularly sensitive they will react when drinking it.

If it helps at all, I like beer and partake on occasion but have significantly cut back. Instead of pints I'll have a few 2oz pours as I have certain allergies that are provoked when I partake so I'm pretty careful. For the most part it's all craft or homebrew. I also definitely adjust what I eat the day and day after to kind of counter-react the empty calories that I'm taking in. Good luck and remember: always have a coozy handy so your beer stays cold :)

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