Is it Possible to be Allergic to Wine?



We have all been there, well most of us anyway: a night out with friends, a singular glass of wine turns into two, then three, then an empty bottle. The next morning you wake up with an elephant perched on your head. Figuratively, of course, but let’s face it- a wine induced hangover is no picnic and for people with histamine sensitivities it can feel worse than dental surgery.

Wine allergies are common, but histamine sensitivity can be a little different. For people who can not properly metabolize the enzyme but are okay to ingest it, the results can come up as hives, itching, stomach pain, and headaches. Much like the average hangover might. Histamines are found in common foods, like the skin of a grape, and are more common in red wines than white whites. Tyramines and sulfites are also known to be a contributing factor in allergic reactions and general discomfort.

So how can someone with histamine sensitivities try to enjoy a glass of wine without the aggravating side effects? It’s simple, a low-histamine red wine. Veglio Michelino & Figlio has created such a wine. While the average red wine can house about 10mg of histamines per liter, Veglio Michelino & Figlio’s Barbera D’Alba and Dolcetto D’Alba red wines only carry about 0.5mg per liter. The lower dosage could ultimately help prevent subsequent headaches, as one reporter experienced after guzzling a single bottle of the $13.99 red. For people who enjoy wine but are highly sensitive to the ingredients, brands likeVeglio Michelino & Figlio are paving the way to a new era of advancements in food a drink.

Aside from these achievements, alcohol should never be consumed in large quantities as it can lead to many health problems like alcoholism, liver disease, high blood pressure, and depression. So please, drink your low-histamine red wine responsibly!

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