may have noticed that all wine bottles in the United States have the
words "contains sulfites" or "sulfites added"
written on the label somewhere. What are sulfites? Are they bad for
you? Sulfites are a product that naturally occurs in wine that is
required for the fermentation process. The law of the land says that
if you add anything to a product, you must make mention of it on the
label. In this case, it's a silly redundancy because sulfites are
already in the wine. It's like saying "water added" on a
bottle of water in the store.
reason that sulfites are added is this. Controlling the wine making
process is very difficult. Grape juice wants to continue to evolve
past the wine stage and become vinegar but the wine maker wants to
make a stable product to bottle and put in on the grocery store shelves.
(By the way, wine is a produce food item and should be sold in the
grocery stores in or near the produce section. Not just in a liquor
store.) Sulfites are added during the wine making process to regulate
and control a number of different things so that you can have a shelf
stable, uniformed, reliable and pleasant product to purchase. Like
I said, sulfites occur naturally in the wine already and are absolutely
no cause for alarm. The actual amount of sulfites added to the wine
are something like one teaspoon per 10,000 gallons or less. No big
ran across a lady in one of the grocery stores that told me that she
didn't like the brand of wine that I was selling because it had sulfites
in it. She also said that sulfites gave her a headache and pointed
to my wine label where it said "contains sulfites". I explained
that all wine had sulfites and that they were on big deal. She insisted
on a different brand of wine and departed for the checkout counter.
After she left, I examined another bottle of the same brand that she
had selected. After some close scrutiny, I found where it had the
same "contains sulfites" note printed on the label. It wasn't
easy to find but it was there just like I expected.
most common cause of headaches is when one's body is not properly
hydrated. Your body requires water in order to metabolize alcohol.
If you get a headache after drinking wine, it is most likely due to
you not having enough water in your system. The best way to drink
water is to sip it all day long rather than try to drink a whole gallon
all at once. Your body wont accept a lot of water all at once. Like
my drill sergeant would say a hundred times a day, "drink water,
back to the question at hand, the answer is no. Sulfites are perfectly