Is wine good for you or bad for you? The answer isn’t cut and dry, but there are reasons why some wines are better than others. This article will answer the question, is all-natural wine right for you? Yes, it is possible to enjoy Keto and Paleo-friendly wine that is low in sugar and alcohol. Plus, I’ll share a review of Dry Farm Wines.
To wine or not to wine. That is the question.
I get asked all of the time about my opinion on drinking wine (or not) for health reasons, for autoimmune disease, for chronic illness, and as a cancer survivor. Because the narratives are mixed. Wine is good for you. Wine is bad for you. There’s so much out there it’s difficult to know what to believe.
What I’ve done to help break all of this down for you is to explore the reasons why most commercial wines can have negative effects (hangovers, headaches, allergic reactions, etc), and what to look for instead in an all-natural wine.
Here’s the dirty little secret. It’s not the wine itself that is “bad” for you or is what is causing any kind of negative reaction. It’s all of the additives and sugar.
Let me start by asking you this: when you drink wine, what kind of reaction do you have either during or the next day? If it’s similar to what I just mentioned – hangover, headache, flushing, “cotton mouth”, tingling, even diarrhea, it’s probably due to the sulphites.
Winemakers do not want their wine to be contaminated during processing. Of course. But in doing so, sulphites and disinfecting agents are used to help preserve the wine.
Sugar is another ingredient to look out for, as most wines have high sugar content.
Additional additives and contaminants include:
- Commercial yeasts
- Color additives
In other words, if I gave you a bunch of grapes, you would probably 100% agree that grapes are healthy for you. But what if I told you that these grapes have added sugar, sulphites, lead, pesticides, mold, and other ingredients added to them. Would you still eat them? Or would you look for grapes that are all-natural and don’t have the added junk? The same is true about an all-natural wine.
All-Natural Wine + Dry Farm Wines
If you want to continue drinking wine and are looking for a healthier option, then I recommend Dry Farm Wines. Before I get into the details of my review of Dry Farm Wines and why I choose them, let me share a simple list of what makes them great:
- Sugar Free (0 – 0.15g per glass)
- Lower Sulfites (< 75ppm)
- Lower Alcohol (< 12.5% alc/vol as compared to >16%)
- No Industrial Additives
- Dry-Farmed (No Irrigation)
- Minimal Intervention
- Wild Native Yeast
- Small Productions
- Low Carb-Friendly
- Mouthwateringly Delicious
- Older Vines (generally 35-100 years)
- Naturally or Biodynamically Farmed
How Dry Farm Wines are Made
According to Dry Farm Wines’ website:
Any wine that is fully fermented (meaning the yeast eats all the sugar) will be sugar free (0-0.15g per glass). Wine is made by adding yeast to grape juice. Then, the yeast eats the sugar, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide as byproducts.
Modern, industrial winemakers use sulfur dioxide, commonly known as sulfites, to kill the yeast early, which leaves residual sugar in the wine. And, some even add sugar back into the wine. This achieves a sweeter palate to appeal to the American market.
By contrast, natural winemakers utilize a full fermentation when creating their wines. This is when a winemaker lets the native yeasts consume as much as sugar as possible until the yeast naturally dies. In this full fermentation, the yeast eats the sugar and dies.
We lab test every bottle for sugar so none of our bottles measure beyond 1g / L of sugar. Since wine doesn’t have nutrient labels, lab-testing gives us the certainty to avoid consuming sugar.
Keto and Paleo-Friendly
Again, let’s go back to their website to hear from Dry Farm Wines directly:
Since all of our wine is naturally sugar free (0-0.15g per glass) and carb free (0-0.15g per glass), they are all keto and paleo friendly. This stands for EVERY wine we share, including our whites, sparklings, and rosés! We lab test every label to make sure of this.We’re not medical professionals, so talk to your doctor if you have questions specific to your situation. However, we’ve done extensive blood glucose and ketone testing after consuming our wine. Each individual is different, but most of us can consume 2-4 glasses per night while still remaining in ketosis.
Oh and PS -Every bottle Dry Farm Wines sends you is protected by their signature Happiness Promise. If you don’t like a wine for any reason, they will either replace the bottle or refund you in full, whichever you prefer.
Dry Farm Wines Review
While I personally don’t drink alcohol, and wine only in minimal moderation, I wanted to try Dry Farm Wines myself to share my own personal experience with you. Because just like everything here at Pink Fortitude, I’m only going to recommend something if I believe 100% in the product.
The taste was actually better than most wine I’ve had before. Plus… no headache, no sulphite reaction, and no hangover.
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