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    Hi. I've been getting questions from teenagers about whether or not they should be drinking vodka. I'm being told that "Vodka is the healthiest drink" and then having it confirmed as the best Paleo choice by well-meaning adults. This message can't be coming from Mark. But where is it coming from?
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    I don't know about healthiest but compared to other drinks it is healthier... especially if it's Ciroc or Tito's (gluten free)
    -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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    • #3
      Is it because it's made from potatoes not grains? Gin is from juniper berries isn't it? But whisky is from grains...

      How about Pimms?! Not sure what that's made of actually....but lots of strawbs and apple and cucumber and mint so it's a bit primal I suppose. Teenagers getting wasted on Pimms, now there's a thing...better than alcopops anyway.

      Is cider primal?

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      • #4
        I wonder what Grok fermented to get him and his mates plastered at a gathering/fire dance/drumming jam session?

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        • #5
          As someone who drinks wayy too much whiskey I'm interested to hear if vodka (gluten free, potato vs. grain) is a better choice.

          Granted, I'd be better served to cut back on alcohol considerably, but as that happens it'd be nice to know what is a better bad choice.

          Seems like I'd read somewhere along the way that they're all about the same. The fact that whisky is made from grain didn't really factor into the primal/paleo thing...aside from a bunch of hollow calories.

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          • #6
            Teenagers *shouldn't* be drinking vodka. That's illegal in the US.

            That being said, vodka is a "cleaner" alcohol. It's purposely filtered for impurities. There'd be much less sugar and no additives, as opposed to other hard alcohols.
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            • #7
              It's important to remember the difference between healthier and healthy.

              Ideally, one would not drink alcohol.

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              • #8
                I vote no vodka for teenagers. I don't even let the teenagers in my van

                Most unadulterated distilled alcohol is considered safe from gluten for all but the most severe sufferers of Celiac. Obviously potato and corn vodka are without question safe from gluten.

                Yes, vodka is filtered. Free of the cogeners that give delicious whiskey its beautiful color but also offer an additional toxin load on top of the alcohol.

                Higher quality alcohols will contain fewer "heads" and "tails," or trace amounts of alcohols aside from pure ethanol that evaporate at slightly higher or lower temperatures. My understanding is that these higher and lower alcohols can wreak quite a bit of havoc and are best avoided by drinking high quality stuff.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bosnic View Post
                  It's important to remember the difference between healthier and healthy.

                  Ideally, one would not drink alcohol.
                  +1000000!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jesster View Post
                    Is it because it's made from potatoes not grains? Gin is from juniper berries isn't it? But whisky is from grains...

                    How about Pimms?! Not sure what that's made of actually....but lots of strawbs and apple and cucumber and mint so it's a bit primal I suppose. Teenagers getting wasted on Pimms, now there's a thing...better than alcopops anyway.

                    Is cider primal?
                    Ciroc is arguably not Vodka depending on who you ask because it's made from snap-frost grapes. Tito's is made from yellow corn.
                    -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jesster View Post
                      I wonder what Grok fermented to get him and his mates plastered at a gathering/fire dance/drumming jam session?
                      Likely fermented wild berries or fermented honey from a discovered bee hive... but intentionally...

                      First known fermented beverage is about 9k years old 9,000-year History Of Chinese Fermented Beverages Confirmed
                      -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KB29 View Post
                        As someone who drinks wayy too much whiskey I'm interested to hear if vodka (gluten free, potato vs. grain) is a better choice.

                        Granted, I'd be better served to cut back on alcohol considerably, but as that happens it'd be nice to know what is a better bad choice.
                        Expirement. Switch to Tito's vodka, it's far cheaper than Ciroc and is gluten free. It's rather nice too (arguably better than Ciroc) although it's from yellow corn, where if you have the money Ciroc is distilled from grapes (which is why the vodka wars consider it not a vodka).
                        -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                          That being said, vodka is a "cleaner" alcohol. It's purposely filtered for impurities. There'd be much less sugar and no additives, as opposed to other hard alcohols.
                          Note that this doesn't apply to flavored vodkas - most of which have some sort of sweetener in them.
                          carl's cave

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bosnic View Post
                            It's important to remember the difference between healthier and healthy.

                            Ideally, one would not drink alcohol.
                            I did a year without alcohol, and I can say definitively that after a certain point, you don't feel any healthier. I think the body is able to process good quality alcohol in small doses.

                            You don't need alcohol to enjoy yourself, but at the same time life's too short. There is something special about red wine chats and glasses of cold creamy Guinness in a bar with your mates.
                            "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                            In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                            - Ray Peat

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                            • #15
                              Had to many 'bad' nights/mornings with vodka to ever really want it again. I prefer spiced rum (hot buttered rum, yum!) and red wine and only two to three times a week.
                              Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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