Sumary of One Major Side Effect of Drinking White Wine Instead of Red:
- If you’re one for a glass of crisp pinot grigio, buttery chardonnay, or cool chablis, read on to find out more about how choosing a glass of white wine over red can mean you end up consuming more sulfites, which may cause some reactions for those sensitive to these additives.
- And for more, check out Major Effects Drinking Wine Has on Your Health, Says Science.
- White wines contain more sulfites than red wines ShutterstockBesides getting you tipsy, a major side effect of drinking wine, and white wine, in particular, is sulfite reactions.
- Also, white wines tend to have a higher sugar content than reds, so they need more sulfites to prevent secondary fermentation of the extra sugar and turning brown after bottling.
- “White wines tend to be sweeter than red wines and some whites have been shown to have 65% more sugar than reds,” says nutritionist Lisa Richards, author of The Candida Diet.
- In addition to being one of the causes of using more sulfites in the winemaking process, this excess sugar content in white wine is also linked to “weight gain, gut dysbiosis (an imbalance of gut microbiota caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria), and inflammation,” Richards adds;
- however, you’ll likely experience the latter side effects when drinking any type of wine in excess.
- People who have asthma may experience mild to severe immune-system reactions to the sulfites, particularly those in white wine, according to a report in the journal Allergologie Select.