Alyse Co-cliff from "An Apple A Day" Holistic Health Coaching gives us the inside story on why many of us get that dreaded 'wine headache'.
Who gets a headache after a glass of white wine or red wine? Ever experience nasal congestion after a glass of red? This might be the reason why...
What many people don't realise is that the negative effects of drinking a simple glass or two of wine or beer, can be a direct result of an allergic reaction to the level of preservatives contained in the beverage. These reactions can include: nausea, headaches, dehydration, inflammation and respiratory problems to name a few.
FACT: Australian laws currently permit the use of 19 listed additives and 37 different processing aids in wine manufacturing. These can include, but are not limited to:
- 220 Sulphur dioxide
- 221 Sodium sulphite
- 222 Sodium bisulphite
- 223 Sodium metabisulphite
- 224 Potassium metabisulphite
- 225 Potassium sulphite
- 228 Potassium bisulphite
Ingredients that can be used but are not required to be listed on the ingredients list:
- Artificial yeasts
- Fish bladder extract
FACT: White wine contains a much higher level of preservatives and additives than red wine.
In yet another attempt to reduce your intake of preservatives, why not switch your standard glass of wine or beer of choice for an organic or biodynamic preservative free variety. Dan Murphy's stock a great range of organic, preservative free wines and beer online and in-store. I have also found a number of great preservative free wine selections at smaller boutique cellars and health food stores.
Please note: Due to loop holes in marketing laws, organic does not mean preservative free. In this instance, when given the choice opt for a preservative free wine instead.
Preservative Free Brands I can recommend: Wild Fox Organic Wines, Temple Bruer & Mountain Goat Brewery.
Check out Alyse on her website here: anappleaday.net.au