Is your glass giving you more than just a buzz and a hangover?

While sipping a class of wine at dinner, you could unknowingly be putting more than just fermented grapes into your body. Are you taking in something dangerous with every swallow? Earlier this week, The New York Times published Eric Asimov’s article refuting the idea that wine matches up to its long associated “natural” and “pastoral” connotations.

There is a good chance that the bottle of wine you received as a gift, is a “manufactured product,” and laden with sulfites, caramel, enzymes, egg whites, and other chemicals and compounds not found on the eye-catching label. The addition of sulfites may serve to precent bacterial growth, it has also been the cause of respiratory problems, as well as 12 known deaths. Caramel, seemingly non-destructive, is linked to gastro-intestinal problems.

Although these chemicals might not be the healthiest or most natural for your body, a large percentage of wine drinkers probably won’t change their normal drinking habits or go-to bottle of wine. The cost of an alternative, a biodynamic or organic wine, could deter those who are not as health-conscious.

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