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By Jillian Levy, CHHC
December 10, 2017
If you’re someone who enjoys a glass of wine or two, you’ll be happy to know that research continues to show that wine drinkers reap certain health benefits. Red wine, in particular, has been associated with many improved health outcomes, such as reduced risk for obesity and cardiovascular disease. That being said, while drinking wine (in moderation) may contribute to positive effects on your overall health, not all wine is created equal.
Contrary to what most people think, wine is made of much more than just grapes. In fact, some conventional wines can contain up to 70 added ingredients —including unnatural yeasts, preservatives, food dyes, residualpesticides, added sulfites, and sometimes added sugar.
A little known fact is that 52 percent of all wines available in the U.S. are made from just three major wine conglomerates. Large-scale wine manufacturers want you to believe that you’re drinking wine made in a small farmhouse or chateau, when in fact you’re actually drinking wine ultimately produced in an industrial factory. The bottom line is that it’s impossible to make very large quantities of wine without the use of additives and chemicals (much like with farming and food production). This is why organic, natural wine producers are very small and only produce limited, sometimes difficult-to-find wines.
Drinking organic wine, or better yet organic wine that is also produced using natural and bio-dynamic viticulture/farming practices, has certain advantages over drinking standard/conventional wine. According to the Organic Vineyard Alliance, organic wine is made with
grapes that are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program … grapes must be grown, handled and processed in accordance with uniform national standards. When wine is labeled organic by the USDA, it means that the entire production cycle — from grape in the field to wine in the bottle — has been done in a way that promotes ecological balance, conserves biodiversity, and uses unadulterated ingredients. (1)
10+ Problems with Standard Wine
Most people aren’t aware that the same types of concerns regarding the processed food industry, such as the use of GMOs, added sugar and other additives, also apply to the wine industry — which is why you want to look for organic wine.
The Wine Cool Direct website states that “Unlike the food industry, wine producers aren’t required by any governing body or law to list the actual ingredients that make it inside the bottle on the outside.” (2) This means that unbeknownst to consumers, ingredients commonly found in wine can include: preservatives, sulfur dioxide, calcium carbonate, oak chips, added flavors to enhance taste, non-vegan materials, and extra water to increase volume.
Below are 11 potential problems associated with standard/commercial (non-organic) wines:
1.Grapes AreNot Organically Grown
Standard wine can contain residual pesticides from grapes sprayed with various types of chemicals. Organic farms that produce grapes for wine on the other hand must meet organic farming standards, meaning the grapes cannot be sprayed with chemical pesticides, insecticides or herbicides that can wind up in the wine.
Organic/some natural wines are produced with environment-friendly methods that lead to improved soil quality and better nutritional content. Healthy soil and dirt that contains more beneficial organisms has more protection against mold and other harmful microbes, plus it leads to wines having more unique, complex and interesting tastes.
2. Higher in Sulfites
Sulfites found in wine are used as stabilizers to preserve wine and prevent spoiling. The term sulfites describes a number of sulfur compounds, especially sulfur dioxide (SO2), that are produced during fermentation and help to reduce bacteria and other microbes. Because they prolong the shelf-life of foods and drinks, sulfites are found in many, many processed foods, such as dried fruit, crackers, beer, juice, potato chips, processed meats, jams/jellies and coconut flakes. In fact, many types of processed foods typically contain 10 times more sulfites than most wine does!(3)
Do all wines contain sulfites? Yes, because grapes naturally have sulfites within their skins (so do other plants like onions and garlic) and because sulfites are a natural by-product of fermentation. All wine naturally contains some sulfites, whether it’s organic or not. In other words, there’s no such things as 100 percent sulfite-free wine. That being said, some wines contain much more sulfites than others, due to having added sulfites. Manufacturers will add extra sulfites in order to make sure their wine lasts longer. Wines that are labeled “sulfite-free” are those that have very low levels of sulfites, 10 mg/L or less.
Why is low-sulfite wine better, and has research shown that sulfites are actually bad for you? Contrary to what most people think, sulfites are not responsible for hangover symptoms, such as headaches or nausea. Some studies have found that people experience the same types of headachesafter drinking sulfite-free wines. What actually may be contributing most to hangovers is both alcohol and histamine responses. A natural chemical found in wine called tyramine has been linked to changes in blood pressure that may also contribute to headaches. This doesn’t mean that sulfites are not problematic in any way, just that they are poorly understood.
What are added sulfites made out of and what are the side effects associated with consuming these sulfites?
- The legal limit of sulfites is 300 ppm (parts per million). Most conventional wines will have sulfite levels between about 50 and 100 mg/L.
- Sulfites that are added to wine can be made from sulfur dioxide(SO2), potassium bisulfite, potassium metabisulfite, sodium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite or sodium sulfite.
- White wine tends to have higher sulfites because red wine is preserved partially by natural tannins.
- Some people who have “sulfite sensitivity” may experience strong reactions to consuming foods or drinks with sulfites, similar to having an allergic reaction. Symptoms can include trouble breathing and wheezing (asthma symptoms), tingling, swelling, nausea, vomiting, headaches, itchiness or a rash. (4)
- Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to sulfites are rare, however many people who don’t have a confirmed sulfite allergy still claim that sulfites causes them to feel unwell (much like having a gluten intolerance vs. a true gluten allergy/Celiac disease).
3. Not Made With Local, Wild/Natural Yeast
Non-organic wines, and even many organic wines, are made with added yeasts that are used to improve fermentation. Yeast creates wine by converting sugars naturally found in the grapes into alcohol. When a wine isn’t organic, the yeast that is used may contain GMO ingredients.More than 99 percent of wines on the market are made with commercial yeast, even many organic wines. Only very limited, natural wines are made with wild yeast that is indigenous to where the grapes are grown.
4. May Contain Added Sugar
Grapes of course contain some natural sugars, but some winemakers choose to add additional sugar to improve the wine’s taste. This adds additional calories and can contribute to other problems can consumed in higher amounts, such as increasing inflammation.
5. Typically Higher In Alcohol
Even though winemakers are not forced into listing their ingredients on wine labels, the U.S. government does require wine labels to list the alcohol content. However, the content that is listed isn’t always very accurate; the real content of the winecan be up to 1.5 percent greater than the amount stated on the label.
Most conventional wines are are between 14 percent to 17 percent alcohol by volume. Depending on the specific production methods, some natural/dry wines will be substantially lower in alcohol, about 9.5–11 percent. This might not seem like much of a difference, but it can definitely feel like one. Drinking wine that has a lower alcohol content can lead to less hangover symptoms, which means that you might choose to occasionally enjoy an extra glass without experiencing the same side effects associated with higher-alcohol wines.
6. Not Biodynamically Produced
Biodynamic farming is a “prescriptive form of advanced, organic farming.” It is farming “done by prescription” because it follows a very specific method. Biodynamic farming was developed in 1925 by a German-Austrian scientist who created a system that involves spraying the vines with a quartz mixture or a certain type of cow manure that promotes healthier crops. The grapes are harvested according to lunar cycles of the moon.
Overall, biodnyamic farming is a better alternative than industrial farming, but for reasons you’ll learn more about below, this method doesn’t mean the wine is necessarily very “clean.”
Many conventional wine makers are focused on large-scale production for one primary reason: it leads to more profits. When wine is not produced in a traditional way, there is a higher chance that the soil will become depleted, nutritional content of the grapes will decrease, lots of irrigation will be needed that wastes resources and water, and the grapesmay be harvested when the vines are too young.
Machine-harvested wines are often lower quality than hand-harvested wines. When a machine harvests grapes, the skins can be damaged, bruised and broken. This causes early oxidation that affects the taste and quality. Because machine-harvesting might lead to poorer tasting wine, more additives may be added to help improve the wine. Machine-harvested wine is also industrially, commercially produced wine that is made with additives.
8. May Contain Additives, Including Food Dyes and Mouth-Feel Agents
Ever notice that some red wines cause your teeth and gums to turn purple? This is because some wines contain added dyes. Many people associate darker colored wines with having more health benefits, but this is not necessarily true. Natural/organic wines rarely contain any dyes or other synthetic additives to improve color and “mouth feel” (such as the sensation of creaminess or how long the taste lingers).
Conventional wines may also contain other additives that are used to clarify or filter wine, enhance the aroma, boost sweetness, reduce acidity and further aid in fermentation.
9. May Contain Mycotoxins and Mold
Mycotoxins, which are toxic compounds produced by fungi and molds such as mushrooms and yeast, are found in certain foods including coffee beans, some cereal grains, peanuts and yes, wine. Mold can sometimes grow on grape vines and make its way into wine. Mycotoxins and other molds are more prevalent in products made in humid areas found more commonly in red wines. Consuming products containing mycotoxins can lead to reactions associated with allergies or respiratory inflammation. (4)
In Europe, wine producers must check for mycotoxins and mold, but this is not enforced in other countries, including in the U.S. According to Washington State University, as ofMay of 2006, the European Union (EU) Committee set a new maximum level of one type of mycotoxin called Ochratoxin A (OTA), and now all wine either produced in or imported to the EU must be below the threshold to be sold legally.However, in the U.S., only winemakers who follow very strict guidelines will test wine for the presence of molds and discard wine that is contaminated. (5)
10. May Contain Animal-Byproducts (Non-Vegan Wines)
Get ready for this one: some wines contain several animal-derived materials, including fish bladders, egg whites, bentonite clay, mammal proteins and plastics. These can be used to “fine” and filter wine, or to help improve the texture, clarity and mouth-feel. Commercial wines are almost always fined and filtered to remove elements that can interfere with texture. Purchasing wine that is labeled as vegan ensures these byproducts are not included. Natural wines are not fined or filtered, so they have a different texture, taste and quality, plus no animal byproducts.
11. Often Made Using the Chemical Velcorin
Velcorin (the trade name for dimethyldicarbonate, or DMDC) is a highly toxic chemical that works as a bacterial control agent. In winemaking, this chemical is added during the fermentation process to treat the most common type of bacterial contaminant that is found in large-scale wine cellars. (6) When wine is contaminated, it doesn’t taste or smell right, so winemakers try hard to remove the bacteria.
In commercial wine production, velcorin is almost always used, sometimes even when the wine is organically made since it is a legally used chemical (although guidelines for using it are very strict, and it must be applied while wearing a hazmat suit!). Velcorin not used in natural winemaking, in which the wine remains additive-free through the fermentation process. When humans are exposed to high amounts of velcorin, it has been found to cause symptoms including trouble breathing, coughing, burning, ulceration, skin rashes, permanent eye damage and many others. (6)
Benefits of Organic Wine
So what is different about organic wine? And do these differences mean that organic wine is “good” for you?
Compared to commercial wines, below are some of the benefits associated with organic wine:
1. Free of Synthetic Additives
Organic wine that receives the US Department of Agriculture organic certification cannot contain synthetic additives, meaning synthetic pesticides and herbicides will not be found in organic wines.
2. Free from GMOs
Organic wine is also free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are not allowed to be used on organic farms. GMO yeasts are also banned from being used in organic wine production.
3. No Added Sulfites
Do organic wines contain sulfites? Organic wine is made with organically grown grapes, but it can still contain sulfites. As mentioned above, sulfites are naturally present in the skin of grapes, so all wine will contain at least some. However, organic winemakers claim to use only “small amounts of additives including sulfites” or no added sulfites at all. Still, this means that organic wine is not technically sulfite-free. The total sulfite level of organic wines must be less than 20 ppm (parts per million).
4. Higher Chance of Containing Native Yeasts
Wild, natural yeasts are different than added yeasts because they are derived from the skins of grapes. Conventionally grown grapes (non-organic) don’t have much natural yeast present at all because pesticides usually destroy them. When the grapes are crushed, the yeast is released, which begins the process of converting sugar to alcohol. (7)
Organic winemakers are encouraged to use native yeasts, but this is not mandatory. Not every organic wine will be made with only wild yeast, so you will need to do some investigating to find out which types of wine are.
5. Must Pass Certification Program Every Year
In order to maintain their organic status, every year organic grape growers must be inspected by the USDA and meet all qualifications. This ensures that the winemakers continue to use only organic grapes and no synthetic additives.
6. Uses Sustainable Organic Farming and Production Methods
Organic farming practices can include the use of cover crops, green manures, animal manures, animal grazing, water conservation, use of renewable resources and crop rotations. These practices have many benefits including helping to fertilize the soil, maintaining better quality topsoil long-term, naturally managing weeds and insects, reducing presence of harmful bacteria or molds, and promotingbiodiversity. (Recently, I discussed how important all of the above is for both humans and our planet in my article on regenerative agriculture.)
7. Associated with Health Benefits
Moderate wine consumption has been linked with some of the following health benefits: higher intake of the antioxidant called resveratrol that helps fight free radical damage, improved heart health, protection againstarteriosclerosis (occurs when there’s buildup of fats, cholesterol and plaque in the artery walls),decreases intriglycerideand cholesterol accumulation, protection against stroke, and reduced risk for obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Organic Wine vs. Natural, Dry Wine
There are several categories that organic wines fall into:
- 100 percent Certified Organic
- Made With Organic Grapes/ Ingredients
- Made With Some Organic Ingredients
Besides wine that is labeled as all or partially organic, you can also find other labels such as “biodynamic” or “natural.” What do these labels mean about the way that the grapes are grown and how the wine is made?
- Made With Organic Grapes— Grapes used are grown organically but the winemaker is not certified as a USDA organic producer. No chemical pesticides, herbicides or GMOs can be used. Sulfite levels must be 100 parts per million (ppm) or under. Native yeasts can be used but are not mandatory.
- Biodynamically Grown & Produced— Produced withfarming techniques that respect the land and environment, such as crop rotation and dry farming. Synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers, growth stimulants or GMOs cannot be used. Sulfites cannot exceed 100 ppm. Only native yeasts are used.
- Sustainably Produced— Use environment-friendly growing and production methods such as use of solar power, water reclamation systems, crop rotation and recycling. Limited use of chemical pesticides and herbicides. Sulfites are not tightly regulated but are typically kept under the legal limit of 300 ppm.
- Sulfite-Free— To be called sulfite-free, a sulfite test must not be able to detect the presence of sulfites in the wine because they are at such low levels (less than 10 ppm). “No Added Sulfites” means that the winery did not add sulfites to the wine, but there can still be naturally occurring sulfites included.
Naturally Produced, Dry Wines
There’s another type of wine that you have probably never heard of, but definitely should know about: dry, natural wine.
“Dry wine” gets its name because it is produced without irrigating (heavily watering) the land, which is hugely important not only for water and resource conservation, but also for the quality of the vines and grapes.When a farm is 100 percent dry, only natural rainfall is used to water the plants. Vines produced in this manner tend to be much older and are not picked when they are young. “Old growth vines” are generally 35–100 years old!
The company Dry Farm Winesonly sells wine that is non-irrigated, all-natural, additive-free, organically produced, below a certain level of alcohol, and guaranteed to be pure because it is always lab-tested. The company does not operate its own vineyard, but rather imports organic, natural wines from small family farmers located across the world (mainly in Europe where wine has been traditionally made in this manner for thousands of years).
Dry Farm Wines states on their website that “Our wines all share natural farming and traditional winemaking practices.” Todd White, Founder of Dry Farm Wines, explains that natural wines are different than organically farmed wine in several key ways. As he puts it, “All natural wines are organic, but not all organic wines are natural. Grapes might be organically grown, but this doesn’t mean they will be used to make clean wine. The real problem with commercial wine is all the poisons that are added after the grapes are already picked.”
What to Look For in a Quality Organic Wine?
The following is what makes organic, natural wines unique and a better choice than standard/conventionally wines, or even organic wines that are not as “natural”.
Try to always do your research and look for these attributes when shopping for wine, either online or in stores:
1. Grapes are not irrigated — Dry farming in the U.S is very rare, with less than 1 percent of all wines being produced this way. Irrigated grapes are higher in water, which changes the time that the fruit must be picked.More sugar in the grapes equates to more fermentation and therefore more alcohol. The taste of the grapes is also impacted due to irrigation because too much watering changes the roots of the vines. The vines essentially become “lazy,” weak and produce lower quality fruit.
2. Lower alcohol content — Ideally the alcohol content should be less than 12.5 percent (and usually between 9.5 percent to 12.5 percent). Commercial wine is higher in alcohol because the grapes need to be picked at a time later when the sugar levels are higher, due to being watered down due to irrigation.
3. Biodynamically produced — These methods respect the land and environment due to using natural, organic or bio-dynamic viticulture/farming practices. Dry farming does not use irrigation, which saves a significant amount of water. Old-growth vines can lead to better quality and higher nutritional content since they have more time to absorb minerals from better quality soil.
4. Grapes are hand-harvested, as opposed to machine-harvested — This produces lower yields but is more traditional and respectful of the land. Natural/dry wines don’t use machinery and are not produced on an industrial, retail scale which means less emphasis is places on profit, and more is placed on ensuring quality wine.
5. No extra sulfites are added — Some sulfites are naturally occurring, but extra is not added. Sulfite levels remain low, less than 75 ppm (and in some cases much less).
6. No sugar is added — All sugar is naturally occurring. The wine should have very low sugar levels, less than 1g/L. When wine is able to fully ferment, the natural yeasts will consume all the sugar in the grape juice and lead to lower levels. Healthy vines can also be harvested because sugar content gets very high. Less alcohol in your wine may mean fewer side effects overall from drinking it.
7. Only wild, natural yeasts are used — Ideally no commercial yeast will be used to enhance flavor or alter the wine in any other way. Dry Farm Wines only sells wine that is fermented using the wild, naturally occurring, local yeasts that are found on the grapes. Wild yeasts are native to the region where the grapes are grown, giving you the added benefit of consuming some local organisms from the soil. Yeast strains also vary depending on the vineyard’s exact location, which contributes to the unique taste and complexity of the wine.
8. No other additives are used — No chemical additives should be used to improve the wine’s aroma, color, flavor or texture. Again, good quality grapes and natural fermentation should not require additives.
9. Free of molds and mycotoxins — Wines are tested to ensure that they are free of mycotoxins and mold.
10. NO use of velcerin in cellars.
11. Very minimal filtering/fining of the wine — Overall, there should be minimal intervention during the vinification and aging process.
12. Very minimal use of new oak — When wine is made in newer oak containers, it produces methanol, which can be toxic. Natural wines are fermented in clay, glass, stainless steel, concrete or neutral oak. This is the way that wine has been traditionally made for centuries and helps keep the wine clean.
Precautions Regarding Wine Consumption
“Clean” wines may have some health benefits, but of course it’s still best to drink small amounts of wine in moderation, even organic wine. Try not to exceed five to seven glasses per week, and no more than two glasses in one day. This is the best way to get the benefits of wine without counteracting them by having too much alcohol.
Final Thoughts on Organic Wine
- Organic wine is made with grapes that are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.
- Organic wine is typically lower in sulfites, less likely to contain chemical additives, more likely to be made with wild, natural yeasts, and may be lower in alcohol content.
- Problems with commercial wine include: use of added sulfites, use of added yeasts, added sugar, use of chemicals to kill bacteria, residual animal byproducts, added dyes and higher alcohol content.
- An even cleaner type of wine is called dry, natural wine. Dry natural wine isnon-irrigated, all-natural, additive-free, organically produced, below a certain level of alcohol, and guaranteed to be pure because it is always lab-tested
Read Next: Gluten-Free Alcohol
Why should you drink organic wine? ›
Also, organic wines are free of residual traces of vineyard additives such as chemical laced pesticides and herbicides. Certified organic wines also have less sugar on average and don't contain potentially harmful cellar additives such as flavoring agents or caramel coloring.Are there any health benefits to natural wine? ›
They neutralize damaging free radicals that stress your cells. Natural wines – those without chemicals or additives – have a diverse variety of polyphenols, including Resveratrol (lowers inflammation), Procyanidins (strong antioxidants), Ellagic acid (helps regulate blood sugar), and much more.Why is organic wine healthier? ›
ORGANIC WINE IS MADE FROM ORGANIC GRAPES
Organic grapes are not sprayed with harmful chemical pesticides, fertilisers and herbicides. As a result, organic wine is a more natural and cleaner product to consume.
It's cleaner for your body
Nutritionist Rick Hay points out that, 'because organic wine is cleaner, our bodies can work on processing the alcohol through the liver rather than having to also process all of the harmful chemicals and pesticides that are added to conventional wine'.
And thanks to the lack of sulfites in that wine your hangover (if there even is one) will be a lot less severe, and that's a fact. Moral of the story - stick to the low sulfites wine whilst drinking them in moderation and you should be in the clear.Is natural wine anti inflammatory? ›
Natural wines, which contain no chemicals or additions, include a wide range of polyphenols, including Resveratrol (which reduces inflammation), Procyanidins (which are potent antioxidants), Ellagic acid (which helps control blood sugar), and many more.What happens to your body if you drink wine everyday? ›
"What is certain about wine and other types of alcohol is that drinking beyond moderation has clear impacts on a person's health," warns Dr. Septimus. "Regularly drinking more wine than recommended increases a person's risk of developing cancer, liver disease, chronic pancreatitis, sleep disorders and more."What are the side effects of natural wine? ›
Biogenic Amines in Wines
For instance, some people are just naturally sensitive to consuming biogenic amines. As we've already mentioned, this can cause flushing, headaches, and other hangover-like symptoms – sometimes just minutes after finishing a glass!
However, if you are going to drink, having red wine in moderation is a healthier choice than other alcoholic drinks. This is due to its high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been linked to better heart and gut health.What is the healthiest wine and why? ›
Pinot Noir is rated as the healthiest wine because of the high levels of resveratrol. It is made of grapes with thin skin, has low sugar, fewer calories, and low alcohol content. Sagrantino made in Italy contains the highest concentration of antioxidants and is packed with tannins.
Is organic wine better for headaches? ›
No, they just want the headaches to go away. Unfortunately, the bottom line is that drinking organic won't spell relief for the vast majority of wine-headache sufferers. In fact, it may only exacerbate the problem (a point I'll get to later).What is the healthiest wine to drink daily? ›
"I recommend brut Champagne, cava, pinot grigio, and sauvignon blanc. These have lower sugar content, which contributes to their lower calorie count," she says. Wines higher in residual sugar include moscato and port, she adds.What alcohol is most damaging to the liver? ›
"Hard liquor contains more alcohol than beer or wine, making it more dangerous for your liver," continues Coleman. "A single shot of 80-proof hard liquor contains about 15 grams of alcohol and most shots contain even more alcohol than this." Another alcoholic beverage also takes a considerable toll on your liver.Does wine clean your liver? ›
However, some contexts link moderate red wine consumption to good liver health. According to a 2018 study , modest alcohol intake, particularly wine, is linked with lower liver fibrosis in people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Not only are you lessening pesticides in your body, but you're also making your immune system stronger. Organic foods contain a higher content of minerals and vitamins, which also help improve your immune system.What is organic and why it is important? ›
By using more natural practices, organic production protects wildlife, promotes biodiversity and helps to maintain and improve native ecosystems. The organic process is environmentally conscious. It promotes greater soil fertility by rotating crops and using natural materials, such as compost, manure and cover crops.Are organic foods healthier than normal? ›
And while organic foods have a reputation for being healthy and nutritious, studies show that there is actually very little difference in nutritional value between organic and conventional foods.Does natural wine need to be refrigerated? ›
STORE IN A COOL, DRY PLACE. Keep natural wines in a cool cellar or fridge, below 80 ºF (26.7 ºC).Does organic wine have less toxins? ›
By drinking organic wines and drinks, you're ingesting less man-made toxins, especially pesticide residues and often less sulphur dioxide. This may contribute to a better 'morning after' feeling! For some people, a sensitivity to sulphites and conditions such as asthma can make drinking non-organic wines a problem.Why does natural wine taste different? ›
Natural wine can have an odd tang
And that is perfectly normal. Because natural wine, like cider and kombucha, is fermented over a longer period allowing the grape juice to fully ferment into wine. Conventional wines on the hand have chemicals added to expedite the process.
Is natural wine probiotic? ›
And since wine is a fermented product, it naturally contains probiotics. Academic research has already proven that polyphenols, or the antioxidants in red wine, have a positive impact on gut microbes.Which wine is best for inflammation? ›
Resveratrol in red wine
Some research shows that resveratrol could be linked to a lower risk of inflammation and blood clotting, which can lower the risk of heart disease. But other studies found no benefits from resveratrol in preventing heart disease.
According to the study, red wine contains 11 strains of probiotics, including Lactobacillus (usually found in yogurt), Pediococcus and Oenococcus strains (used in winemaking process).Do the French drink wine every day? ›
You may have heard that the French drink wine every day, and although we usually like to debunk clichés about les français, this one is pretty accurate. In the US, your average adult drinks 12.4 litres of wine per year, whereas in France the number is 50.2.What does wine do to your brain? ›
Research suggests moderate drinking may protect against stroke, Parkinson's disease, and cognitive decline. When a friend invites you to grab a glass of wine after a difficult day at work, you may be doing your brain some good—as long as that one glass doesn't turn into three.Does wine detox the body? ›
While it may have some health benefits, red wine is not a detox. It does not rid your body of toxins or cleanse it in any way.Do you get a hangover from natural wine? ›
But even natural wine bigwigs get hangovers from time to time. Legeron conceded that things get “a bit rough” after a night of too much wine, natural or otherwise.Is natural wine better than normal wine? ›
While alcohol is still present in both cases, natural wine has fewer negative traits. The fact that no synthetic products are used during the grape growing and winemaking process ensures that the natural wine has all the good qualities that one would expect from wine, like its heart-health qualities.Is it OK to drink non alcoholic wine everyday? ›
The same study concludes that non-alcoholic wine can reduce the risk of heart diseases by 14% and strokes by as high as 20%. Although research is in the early stages, the consumption of alcohol-free wine was also associated with reduced risks of certain types of cancer.What alcohol is best for gut health? ›
The only alcoholic drink that can improve your gut microbiome is red wine (consumed in moderation) because it contains polyphenols, which increase your 'good' bacteria.
What alcohol is easiest on the liver? ›
So, now on to the all-important question, which alcohol is easiest on the liver? The quick answer is, none of them. The reason is that the main liver-damaging ingredient in all types of alcohol is ethanol. It doesn't matter which alcohol you chose, be it weak beer or grain alcohol.What is the unhealthiest alcohol? ›
- Sugary Cocktails (500 Calories per 8 oz Serving) Fancy mixed drinks might sound tasty, but they're often loaded with calories. ...
- Frozen Beach Drinks (280 Calories per 5 oz Serving) ...
- Craft Beer (170 Calories per 12 oz Serving)
Pinot noir: This is the healthiest red wine due to its high concentration of resveratrol, an antioxidant compound that lowers bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. Some studies also suggest that it can improve brain health, kill cancer cells, and increase insulin sensitivity.What wine is best for blood pressure? ›
Merlot contains high levels of resveratrol and procyanidin. It promotes cardiovascular health as well as lowering blood pressure.Which wine is best for skin? ›
Brimming with skin-benefiting antioxidants like flavonoids, resveratrol and tannins, red wine fights the signs of ageing by restoring the collagen in the skin. Those who prefer drinking red wine over other spirits will have less prominent wrinkles, fine lines and saggy skin.Is organic wine good for cholesterol? ›
In the event that you need a boost, a portion of those organic wine benefits and advantages include: Lowering terrible cholesterol and raising good cholesterol levels. Reducing the danger of blood coagulating nearly as adequately as anti-inflammatory medicine. Regulating glucose levels.Is organic wine better for allergies? ›
Natural wines include organic or biodynamic grape growing. Natural, clean wine typically does not contain many of the chemicals used during the grape growing and winemaking process of conventional wines. The lack of additives may significantly decrease negative symptoms in someone after having a glass or two of wine.What wine stops headaches? ›
(Chocolate releases serotonin too, and some people complain about chocolate headaches—and I weep for those people.) You can try wines that are naturally lower in tannins, such as white wines in general, as well as red wines from grapes that are typically thinner-skinned and lower in tannins, like Pinot Noir.What is the difference between organic and regular wine? ›
Organic wines have no added sulfites and are made using Certified Organic grapes in a certified organic vineyard. Certified Organic grapes are grown without herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers applied.Does organic wine have less chemicals? ›
Organic wine is known to give you less of a sore head, due in part to having none of the chemical additives that conventional wine does, meaning pure grape juice enters your body (unlike conventional wine which has up to 70 extra added ingredients, including – but not limited to – sulphur dioxide, preservatives, dyes ...
Is organic alcohol healthier? ›
*Disclaimer: while organic alcohol will contain artificial pesticides and additives this does not make it “health product” not does it make a healthier product compared to non-organic alcohol. Please follow responsible drinking and consumption practices.Is organic wine inflammatory? ›
Organic wines are packed full of polyphenol antioxidants like quercetin and resveratrol. Clinical studies have shown these powerful antioxidants to be anti-inflammatory, protect the heart and brain, and play a fundamental role in reducing oxidative stress.Is organic wine mold free? ›
No other additives are used — No chemical additives should be used to improve the wine's aroma, color, flavor or texture. Again, good quality grapes and natural fermentation should not require additives. 9. Free of molds and mycotoxins — Wines are tested to ensure that they are free of mycotoxins and mold.Does organic wine cause less headaches? ›
No, they just want the headaches to go away. Unfortunately, the bottom line is that drinking organic won't spell relief for the vast majority of wine-headache sufferers. In fact, it may only exacerbate the problem (a point I'll get to later).Does organic wine still have sulfites? ›
Organically certified wine is wine that is produced from 100% organically grown grapes and the wine is manufactured without the use of any chemicals. So, sulphites aren't added to organic wine or natural wines.Do all organic wines have sulfites? ›
The short answer is that organic wine does contain sulfites, though at different levels in the U.S. versus Europe/Canada. The best course of action is if you are sensitive to sulfites is to choose an organic wine or wine made with organically grown grapes and enjoy in moderation.What is the healthiest alcohol to drink everyday? ›
However, if you are going to drink, having red wine in moderation is a healthier choice than other alcoholic drinks. This is due to its high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been linked to better heart and gut health.