One of the most notable types of low-carb diets making the rounds lately is the Paleo or Caveman Diet, simulating foods that might have been consumed by our ancient ancestors, mostly by eliminating grains and processed sugar. For the purposes of getting healthy, I decided to try being a caveman for a little while, so I was understandably curious about alcohol.
Looking back, low-carb diets were all the rage in 2003 and 2004, as the Atkins Diet ™ had gained tremendous popularity. As time has gone on, this type of diet has lost some of its zeal among the masses, but the Paleo Diet is similar – using a low-carb strategy to kick start weight loss by enticing your body to use stored fat for energy, or glucose (sugar) in your blood stream. In the Paleo Diet world, they don’t call this ‘low carb’, but rather limiting your glycemic load.
This is really a short-term solution to a long-term problem, as I knew going in, but thought I could kick start my efforts with some strict dietary choices at the beginning. In doing a little research, I discovered that beer is OUT. Not only is it made from grains, but it is also high in carbs. The average can of popular-type beer contains about 150 calories and 13 grams of carbs. Four beers on a Sunday afternoon would destroy all my dieting efforts and my waistline too, it appears.
Wine is better, they say, for this kind of diet – it is made from fruit. Interestingly, tequila is allowed as well, because it’s made from the agave plant, not grains. Regardless of the types of restrictions a dieter has, it’s important to limit alcohol consumption to a moderate level, one is advised on various Paleo-websites. Good advice, we all know, but I wonder, would a caveman drink tequila?