Alcohol on the Paleo Diet

Alcohol on the Paleo Diet

Alcohol on the Paleo Diet


One of the questions on many people’s lips (pardon the pun) is whether you can drink alcohol on the Paleo diet.

The answer is simple: yes with an “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, in moderation, you can include some alcohol and still stay mostly Paleo.

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 on the Paleo diet, and what should definitely be avoided?

Let’s start with what’s on the menu.


The Good


Tequila come from the blue agave plant. As it’s not grain based, this might be the safest bet for those looking to stay as close to the Paleo diet as possible.


Made from fermented grapes, wines are one of the safer choices when choosing alcohol on the Paleo diet. Red wine is often considered a healthy drink when consumed in moderation, and that’s not any different here. When choosing a wine, try to avoid particularly sweet wines and ideally stick to reds. If you must consume a white, make it a dryer wine like a Sauvignon blanc.


The Bad

Gin/Whiskey and other Grain-based Alcohols

Many gins or whiskeys are made using grains, 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. Some vodkas, for example, are made from potatoes, which are safer than the grain-based variety.


The Ugly


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. Moreover, beer is calorie dense, so you can easily over consume calories with beer.


It’s all well and good finding a grain-free spirit, but that goes out the window if you drown it in a sugary fruit juice or soda! When using a mixer, choose soda water and natural lemon/lime for flavour.


So there you have it. You can have alcohol on the Paleo diet. There are a few Paleo-friendly alcohols options and if you choose to deviate, at least now you can make an informed decision.

If you drink, what are your alcohol choices when following the Paleo diet? Let us know in the comments below.

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