Allergic to wine? Help may be on the horizon

on 19/11/10 at 11:53 am

Wine

Headache from wine allergy. Possibly.

As food allergens go, wine is easier to avoid than, say, wheat. But there are some 500 million people worldwide — that’s about 8% — who will have to sit out toasts this holiday season because of wine allergies. Lucky for them, however, researchers just got a step closer to figuring out what causes those allergies, and perhaps, how to make wine that everyone can drink.

Symptoms of wine allergy can range from headaches and stuffy nose to skin rash. About 1% of allergies relate to sulfites, a type of sulfur-containing preservative that winemakers add to wine. But the triggers of the remaining 7% of wine allergies remain a mystery.

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