The discussions about wine’s effects on health are wide, uninterruptable and mind-tickling. Some experts say that wine is good for your gut and metabolism and others emphasizes only the negative effects of wine, such as hangover, bloating and headache. If it were to us, we would say: drink, but in moderate amounts.
However, this article is related to the type of wine you should choose, why some wines are better than the others and how to find the perfect one for your organism and gut.
Let’s start from the beginning, and that would be: the substances found in wine. Wine is rich in polyphenol antioxidants that influence your gut positively. On the other hand, wine also contains sulfites, which, when they have origin from the wine itself, are not present in large amounts but the problem is that most of them are chemical derivates. Many wineries use preservatives and additives for their wines, which makes this drink not so healthy when you check these facts. Some of the additives that wineries use in their beverages are yeast, gelatin (including isinglass, a substance whose origins you don’t want to know or…since we already mentioned: it is taken from the fish bladder) and sugars. All these additives affect your gut and the microbiome.
Now, let’s move to another sub-topic and that’s: should you drink organic, biodynamic or natural wines?
To many people, organic sounds like something that comes straight from momma Nature and something that’s pure, clean and healthy. To some point, this is true but the fact that the ingredients of the food you eat or the beverage you drink are organic doesn’t mean that the process of post-gathering of the foods doesn’t include adding preservatives and doing modifications.
When talking about biodynamic wines, you should know what’s hidden behind their general name. These ones healthier than the commercial and the organic, because their production and grape cultivation include integrating practices, such as paying attention to the moon phases, seasons and soil fertilization techniques. Despite these practices, the biodynamic wines are still high in sulfites.
So, the best choice for you should be the complete natural wine, made on smaller wineries. You can search the internet or talk with the local winemakers who, if friendly and interested to sell their wine, would tell you the truth about their wine-making processes.
Extra information: Sulfites can have various effects on your body, if you’re sulfite intolerant. Allergies, nausea, asthma and digestive disorders are just some of them.
Choose your wine wisely.