The Definitive Guide To Healthy Drinking

The question every modern day caveman and woman are asking is: how does alcohol fit into a low-carb, high fat diet? Think about the last social outing you had with your friends. Let’s assume you were at a restaurant waiting on the server to greet your table and ask for drinks. You already know that most of your friends will be ordering their alcoholic beverage of choice. Do you have to stick to water? Lets say you decide to partake in an alcoholic beverage. What do you even choose? A bottle of red wine seems like it may be healthy, but maybe you should order a beer because that is what everyone else is getting. What’s the best Primal aligned drink when it comes to having a simple social drink?

Top Shelf

Red Wine

Being the top shelf option doesn’t mean it is the most expensive option, but red wine has the biggest health benefits with the fewest carbs. Thorough research has supported the impressive polyphenol power of red wine.

In addition to the polyphenol power, red wine has another powerful element: Reservatrol. This is a super antioxidant that has been proven to combat cancer and reduce signs of aging.

Any red wine offers high antioxidant power with low carbs around three to five grams, however differences exist even in this top tier of Primal imbibing. Research has demonstratedthat organic red wine boasts higher antioxidant and resveratrol content as well as lower OTA mycotoxin contamination. A common red wine contaminant defined by the European Scientific Committee for Food as “having carcinogenic, nephrotoxic, teratogenic, immunotoxic, and probably neurotoxic effects.”

Respectable Choices

Wood Aged Spirits (particularly Whiskey, Brandy and Scotch)

An underappreciated class, we’d say. Unflavored distilled spirits in general are a low-carbers dream. What could be better than zero carbs? Well, how about zero carbs with a kick of antioxidants? Research has found impressive antioxidant activity in Bourbon whiskey, Armagnac brandy and cognac.

These unflavored distilled spirits are perfect for a low carb diet. It has a whopping zero carbs! Along with no carbs, these “hard” liquors come with a kick of antioxidants. Researchhas found impressive amount of antioxidants in Bourbon whiskey and Armagnac brandy.

In fact, whiskey contains more ellagic acid, a free radical fighter, than red wine. Wood aging, researchers believe, confer the benefits of high phenol and furan concentration.

Unfortunately, research about the health benefits of other wood aged spirits, including rum and tequila. Although tequila has been linked with cancer-fighting properties, it’s disputed as to whether these properties are present in the tequila form. One small study found that a daily serving of tequila for a month decreased insulin sensitivity (which is what we want).

Berry Daiquiri

What do you get when you add alcohol to berries? Try a 30% hike in antioxidants! Researchers stumbled upon the finding while trying to find alternative means of preserving fruit. In the study, they happened to use strawberries and blackberries. Skip the sugar and syrup, and go easy on the lemon/lime juice for the true primal version. Add crushed ice to the pureed berries and liquor, and you’ve got yourself a respectably healthy dessert drink.

White Wines

Red wines contain about five to ten times more phenols than white wines. And as for resveratrol? White wines have none. If you’re a diehard white wine lover, don’t sweat the occasional glass. You’ll still enjoy a healthful dose of antioxidants for around 3–5 grams of carbs.

Light Beers

Beer also offers polyphenol power. According to a research study, beer is equivalent to white wine in terms of antioxidant activity. Light beers generally contain between 3–6 grams of carbs and have around 90–100 calories.

Bottom of the Barrel

Other Spirits (Vodka, Gin, Clear Rum)

As mentioned above, wood aged spirits have no carbs and the alcohol content can boost vascular health. However, these varieties offer nothing in terms of health benefits.

Hard Cider

Hard cider can offer an impressive and healthy antioxidant boost, but the there are as much as 15 grams of carbs per serving. As good as hard cider is, we’d suggest skipping the Reds Apple Ale and eating a heftier salad.

Regular Beer

Light beer offers a boost in antioxidants, but at 10–15 grams of carbs, there are better choices in terms of drinks. Guinness falls into this category. The calorie and carb count for been can be deceiving. The darker and heavier beers does not always mean there are more calories and carbs, and vice-versa.

Creamy/Dark/Stout or Rich Microbrew Beer

We know it’s tasty, but those 15–25 grams of carbs are simply too much.

Sugar Swill

Stay away from these like the plague! They all contain too many calories and carbs. Not to mention most of these can guarantee a hangover. Alright here is the list of alcohols that fall in this category:

  • Any sweetened hard liquor drinks like Smirnoff Ice and Mike’s hard lemonade
  • The Liqueurs — Amaretto, Grand Marnier, Irish creams, Kahlua, Frangelico
  • Any form of Schnapps
  • All packaged mixers


You should already know that any soda is bad for you, but even tonic water will set you back 90 calories. Keep it simple and drink your drink straight up.

Even though red wine is a “top shelf” beverage, we don’t endorse drinking any alcoholic beverage on a regular basis. Always remember that you are never missing out if you choose to abstain from drinking, in fact we recommend it to stay in a weight loss mode. That being said, I will enjoy my occasional wine or whiskey from time to time with little to no adverse effects. It’s all about finding the right balance for you. For everyone who has been looking for an excuse to enjoy yourself, bottom’s up!

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