Hard cider (commonly referred to as just “cider”) can be considered a best friend to those of us avoiding gluten. When everyone else is drinking beer and we’re feeling the pressure to join in, a hard cider can take the edge off without making us feel too guilty.
Paleo and Fruit
Hard cider is made from fermented apples and pears. The percentage of each fruit that is included varies depending on the country and the brand, but since both are Paleo, cider would appear to be a Paleo-friendly beverage.
Fermentation in the Wild
Fermentation is a natural process that happens in the wild. Animals have been known to seek out fermenting fruit on the forest floor and it is reasonable to assume that our ancestors did the same, but a bottle of hard cider provides much more alcohol than could be found in the wild.
Antioxidants v. Carbohydrates
Cider contains an impressive amount of antioxidants that may be beneficial in warding off cancer, heart disease, and stroke, but it is also extremely high in sugar. Just one glass of cider has about 15 grams of carbohydrates, more than enough to cause a substantial spike in blood sugar.
If you’re really feeling the pressure to drink, cider is certainly a better option than beer, but we still recommend keeping it to the occasional treat rather than a regular practice.
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