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“Is Gluten Free Beer Paleo?”
As much as I wish I could say “yes” for all the beer lovers out there, the answer is no. As with all alcohol, it is not Paleo. Not even close, actually.
“What’s The Deal With Gluten Free Beer?”
With the popularity of the gluten free diet increasing dramatically over the last few years, gluten free products, like bread, cereal, and even beer, are popping up everywhere.
Quite simply, gluten free beer still does not fall within the Paleo guidelines. Beer, even without gluten, is still grain-based. And, as we know, grains are one of the foundational food groups that the Paleo diet removes.
Grains carry a whole host of anti-nutrients, like phytic acid and lectin, and can lead to leaky gut.
More Paleo-Friendly Drinks
While alcohol is not Paleo, many people like to partake in an adult beverage occasionally. In that case, there are some more Paleo-friendly drinks. As an alternative, hard cider is naturally gluten free (in most cases – be sure to check the label) and fermented. Be aware of added sugars, though, and choose a brand that is low in sugar.
A glass of red wine in moderation can be a better choice and may even have health benefits; the resveratrol (an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes) has been shown to have beneficial cardiovascular effects on the body. Choosing an organic (and local if possible!) wine is always recommended.
The NorCal Margarita, made famous by Robb Wolf, is a popular go-to alcoholic drink for many Paleo followers.
That being said, if you’re a hardcore beer lover, a gluten free beer every now and then is definitely a better option than drinking a traditional beer.
We are all adults here, and whether you choose to drink occasionally is up to you. Be sure to check out our guide to alcohol for a more comprehensive look at drinking on the Paleo diet.
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