No your hangover is not because of the sulphites


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Did you hear this one before? “This wine has sulphites it will give me a hangover.” I can tell you that this is another myth.

You get a hangover because of dehydration. Not because of sulphites.

You get a hangover because of dehydration. Not because of sulphites.
To avoid headaches, drink more water with wine. The recommended ratio is 250ml/8oz of water per glass of wine.

But what about those sulphites?

Sulphite is a term for sulfur dioxide(SO2), which winemakers use to preserve wine. It prevents oxidization and maintains wine fresh.
And it’s also widely used in the food industry.
The legal limit in the EU is 150mg/litre in red wine and 200mg/litre in white wine. Some people are sensitive to SO2. It’s mandatory to include ‘contains sulphites’ on the label if total SO2 is over 10mg/litre.

Here is a list of food that contains a higher SO2 level. Did you ever get a hangover after consuming one of these?

  • Pickled foods
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Tinned coconut milk
  • Vegetable juice
  • Soft drinks
  • Grape juice
  • Bottled lemon and lime juice

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