Enjoying a glass or two of wine, brandy, or even a mixed drink is OK for a grain-free lifestyle— but moderation truly is key here.
Understand that the cost of making a poor alcoholic decision could be a whole lot more than a shrinking bank account or following-morning head throbs; it could initiate an autoimmune condition, raise your blood sugar, cause inappropriate emotional reactions, or cause you to gain weight. Your reward for picking beverages without copious amounts of grain proteins can include a great night out with your friends and a clear head the following day.
Regardless of the alcohol you choose, understand that any wines, cocktails, or beers can hinder your weight loss efforts. Wine serves as a nearly-perfect wheat- and gluten-free drink; mixed with the believed health effects that stem from mild to moderate wine drinking, enjoying your favorite wine every so often can be as healthy as it is enjoyable.
Occasionally, gluten gets used as a clarifying agent. Mad cow disease initially elicited doubts about gelatin’s safety back in the day, leading to gluten emerging as a viable substitute (despite the fact so few winemakers actually use it). Finding gluten in wine is quite uncommon; if gluten even is used as a clarifying agent, it probably won’t offer noticeable hazards if consumed, such as an adverse immune response. With that in mind, understand that the majority of wine coolers carry barley malt (as well as higher carbohydrate and sugar levels), so they should therefore be abstained from.
Nearly every beer, malt liquor, and lager get brewed from grains. This poses significant grain protein residues, usually between 1 and 2 grams for every 12 ounces; avoiding these drinks altogether is your best bet, as the amount of grain protein mentioned could potentially increase your appetite, initiate inflammation, and even set off autoimmunity symptoms. Individuals with celiac disease or serious kinds of gluten sensitivity need to steer clear of beer completely, unless it’s designated as being “gluten-free.”
Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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