The holidays are over and if you hosted any parties over the last couple weeks, you probably now find yourself with enough wine to kill a Frenchman. And just looking at that red wine is making you dread the inevitable headache. But if you know what you’re doing and how to prepare, drinking red wine can be an enjoyable and headache-free experience.
Those hoity-toity Whole Foods shoppers will try to tell you that it’s sulfites that cause the problem, but sulfites are also in dried fruit and deli meat, so if you can safely eat those, you aren’t part of the small percentage of people affected by sulfites. However, there are plenty of other substances in red wine that can be the culprit.
Histamines, tyramine, prostaglandins, tannins and phenols have all been linked to headaches and are all present in red wine. But there are plenty of precautions you can take to limit the effect of these substances.
Learn all about what causes red wine headaches and how to prevent them in this infographic from Fix.com. But remember, no matter what precautions you take, drinking a ton of red wine will still give you a headache, just like any other alcohol, so know your limit.