Paleo Diet Day 23: organic red wine yes, nightshades no
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Tonight I had a new experience: for the first time I bought, and drank a glass of organic red wine, without sulfites. You have to love the label - "Our Daily Red"
This is part of my larger transition from beer to red wine - a glass with dinner because (1) it's good for you, and (2) "It tastes gud."
So if I'm drinking red wine, should I try and kick the sulfites too?
I bought the bottle on the chance that going no-sulfite would make a difference and started researching before dinner (grass-fed ground beef cooked with garlic and in coconut oil, with green beans). A number of websites noted that a small portion of the population, esp. asthmatics, are allergic to sulfites, but it's not a problem to most people. However, on the sites of a few producers of organic and low or no-sulfite wines, they raised some significant issues about not only sulfites, but the other chemical additives that are often put into wine. Still need to do more research but maybe it's as much about the chemicals as the sulfites? So the main reason to drink organic wine, as in consuming organic food of all sorts, is to avoid the additives of all sorts ... so the logic would seem to lead. More on this in a future post.
The other decision I made today was to cut out vegetables from the nightshade family since these have been linked to skin problems. This would include tomatoes, peppers of all sorts, eggplant, and white potatoes. So my elimination diet just eliminated another category, and sadly, means that I'll have to delay reintroducing any of the previously eliminated groups (I was really hoping to bring eggs or dairy back soon) in order to give enough time under this new system to get a fair reading.
Anyone with experience with organic wines or nightshades, please chime in!