1 in 4 wine lovers are sensitive to the sulfites in wine.
It’s not about drinking too much: when complaints such as headaches occur even after 1 or 2 glasses of wine, very often the cause is sulfites.
Why didn’t I know this?
Obviously it is not in the wine industry’s interest for these effects to become common knowledge, so there is not a lot of publicity about the effect of sulfites. Some industry spokespeople even deny the effects of sulfites, despite extensive advice from dieticians and the fact that sulfites are one of the most common allergens in Europe. Why else would there be a warning required on every bottle of wine that contains more than 10mg per litre?
If you are sensitive to sulfites, your liver has trouble transforming them into sulfates. This causes the activity of the glutathione enzyme in your liver to reduce and prevents a smooth breakdown of alcohol. This leads to increased acetaldehyde in your blood (which is more toxic than alcohol), causing you to experience a headache after just one or two glasses of wine.
Am I sensitive to sulfites?
If you experience any of the following symptoms after a glass or two of wine, you may be sulfite sensitive:
- Rashes & hives
- A stuffy, runny nose
- Breathing issues
- Asthma attack