Can Sulfites Be the Cause of Wine Headaches?


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It is very unlikely that sulfites are the cause for wine headaches for most people, according to WineSpectator.com. Fewer than 1 percent of the population has a true sensitivity to sulfites, and generally those people also have chronic asthma, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Sulfites may cause headaches in people with sulfite sensitivity, but other factors in wine may also be to blame. Thick-skinned grapes result in wine with a higher alcohol content, so chronic headache sufferers may want to try wines made from thinner-skinned grapes, says The Huffington Post. Other possible contributors to wine headaches include tannins and histamines in full-bodied red wines, WineSpectator.com adds.

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