Over 35% of america drinks wine at least once a week, but is it considered paleo diet food? Wine has definitely been considered and accepted around the world as a healthy part of any diet. In fact, a glass of wine a day has been shown to increase overall health and heart health. But the benefits don’t stop there.
Red wine contains a high variety of flavanoids, which is what gives wine it’s specific taste, color, and originality. Most of the flavanoids contained in wine act as powerful antioxidants in our bodies. Antioxidants are important in your body because they play a big role in fighting off free radicals that may come along. Free radicals are chemicals in our body that can cause many different diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and early aging. These are important in moderation and are crucial in our health so that we can process energy from our food, but too many of these chemicals in our body can cause strong negative effects.
Our bodies have our own natural defenses against chemicals, such as enzymes. But sometimes our bodies can’t process what’s in our bodies and they need a little extra boost. This is where antioxidants come into play, and the reason they are so important to be a part of our paleo diet food.
Keep in mind, wine is still alcohol. Alcohol has been very solidly proven to be bad for our bodies. It can cause cancer, heart disease, stomach problems, and more. In moderation however, alcohol has almost unnoticeable effects on our body. The question is what is considered moderation and what can be considered too much. There are many different factors that play into this, such as body type, how fast your metabolism is, and overall health. Most countries say one glass of wine a day is perfect. Some say just two glasses a day is too much, others say five glasses a day is perfectly normal and has no adverse health effects.
So this is all great, but is wine paleo? This mainly depends on what type of view you have on the matter. Wine has alcohol in it, which obviously wasn’t around in the paleolithic era; cavemen weren’t off getting drunk! But at the same time, the main ingredient in wine is grapes, and it’s very hard nowadays to find food that is quite literally 100% paleo. Most foods have at least a small percentage of additives or non-paleo ingredients.
So in conclusion, the answer to this question is up to you, the individual doing the possible drinking. We always recommend sticking as closely as possible to the original paleo diet, making as few exceptions as possible. If you want wine to be one of those few exceptions, go for it! But the truth of the matter is most foods are not 100% paleo, yet can still fall under the category of “paleo”. Wine can very much fall under this category and not be looked at as breaking your diet, but only in moderation!
Remember, your diet is up to you, make it how you want it. Wine very much can be considered paleo diet food if you consider it part of your paleo diet.