Challenges in the Commercial Wine Industry & How to Choose Healthy Wine
One of the topics I get asked about most often is wine, and today’s guest is here to tell you everything you need to know about this popular drink! He’s Todd White, the founder of the only health-focused, natural wine club in the world, Dry Farm Wines. Listen to find out about common issues with the commercial wine industry, including the use of toxic additives and lab-grown yeast that’s often genetically modified.Todd also explains why you should opt for natural wines and the health benefits of moderate wine consumption, as well as how the dry-farming process boosts levels of health-promoting polyphenols. Todd is changing the wine industry, one glass at a time!
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Main Points From Today’s Episode
1. There are 76 additives approved by the FDA for use in wine making in the United States. The wine industry has spent tens of millions of dollars to keep contents labeling off of wine bottles.
2. Natural wines, like those from Dry Farm Wines, are additive-free. Natural wines make up less than 1/10 of 1% of all production of wine in the world.
3. Dry farming means there’s no irrigation used to grow the grapes. Wine that comes from dry-farmed grapevines contains higher levels of polyphenols.
[1:57] Todd’s experience in winemaking
[4:48] Issues with the wine industry
[6:20] Additives used in commercial wines
[7:01] Wine is the largest food group that doesn’t have a contents label.
[7:43] Examples of toxic additives that are found in most wines
[9:35] Natural wines are additive-free.
[11:29] Differences in European wines
[12:15] Commercial wines are fermented with lab-grown yeast that is often genetically modified.
[13:53] Why vineyard irrigation causes problems
[16:25] The connection between the sugar content in grapes and levels of alcohol in wine
[18:14] The root structure of an irrigated grapevine vs. a dry-farmed grapevine
[20:55] Why you shouldn’t trust the wine-rating scales
[23:00] Appreciating the nuances of clean wine
[24:00] The health benefits of wine
[24:50] Red wine contains more polyphenols than white wine.
[26:12] When it comes to drinking alcohol, moderate consumption is key to staying healthy.
[28:41] Wine helps bring love and appreciation into our lives.
[33:18] Fact: the true cause of weight gain is not calories, it’s food intolerance! Discover the sneaky 7 foods most likely to cause food intolerance in The Virgin Diet.
[34:03] Listener’s question: What should I be drinking and how much?
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