by Kellie Cutsinger
Have you ever wondered what is in your wine? It’s rather unfortunate that this part has suffered neglect because it is not mandated. I have been on a mission to encourage others to investigate labels on products they consume. Really, you need to know if they are organic, biodynamic, vegan, keto-friendly, gluten-free, slow-crafted, and vinified by hand. More importantly, you should confirm if it’s free of pesticides like round-up; additives like ferrocyanide, ammonium phosphate, copper sulfate, mega purple; and GMO ingredients—just to name a few. The problem is clear, they are not required to list the ingredients, the fining agents or chemicals, and those take away from the wine experience and make people feel ill.
It goes beyond becoming your own advocate and knowing which wines are cleaner. You should be able to drink a pesticide-free glass of wine. Round-up—the chemical glyphosate that kills the gut and causes inflammation—shouldn’t be in wine; it is what they sell at the hardware store for weeds. It does not know the difference between the good and bad bacteria in your digestive system.
Let’s talk about biodynamic wines. Biodynamic is an agricultural farming method that started in the 1920s and views the vineyard as one solid organism. They often take into account the lunar calendar and astrological influences. Sounds quaky? It did to me initially, but then, I had this image of how the moon and stars guided people in the beginning and how the stars are there for a purpose—as a guide. The Farming & Gardening Association defines biodynamic as a spiritual, ethical, and ecological approach to agriculture, gardens, food production, and nutrition. They are groomed to be a self-sustaining system by using natural materials, soils, and compost.
For those who have allergies, knowing about wine processing can be equally important. Countless times, I have heard comments from people about the wines they reacted badly to and the ones they didn’t. They spoke about instances in Europe and other destinations where they had meals and wines that didn’t bother them. Mind you, this wasn’t because they were only eating out of a garden nor because they had a stress-free vacation. Their toxic load was reduced with real foods and clean wines.
Be informed that preservatives are not natural and are not meant to be used repeatedly by consumers. Also, glyphosate pokes holes in your body, where they shouldn’t be. It is a pesticide that doesn’t know the difference between good and bad bugs. Glyphosate and pesticides work similarly to setting a bomb off, then pouring lemon juice all over your gut. No cheers to that. No, thank you!
Similarly, being vegan is often an individualized, personal choice and lifestyle. However, wines are not all vegan. Popular animal-derived fining agents used in the production of commercial wines include: blood and bone marrow, casein (milk protein), chitin (fiber from crustacean shells—and not kosher), egg albumen from egg whites, fish oil, gelatin (protein from boiling animal parts), and isinglass (gelatin from fish bladder membranes). If I were vegan, I wouldn’t be too excited to find this out. This information is equally important to those who have allergies or sensitivities to milk, egg, fish, etc. Really, you should know what is in your wine.
The ketogenic diet is one that many people have experienced great success with, but in order to achieve, they had to give up wine because of the added sugar. It’s simple: Wine shouldn’t have sugar added! Wine is already sweet, and for hundreds of years, winemakers didn’t use sugar. Commercial wine can have about 16 grams of added sugar in one bottle. Can you picture a donut floating inside your bottle, sprinkles and all? Cleanly crafted wines have no added sugar—ZERO grams of added sugar. The residual sugars, which naturally occur in wine, can be as little as 0% and usually at their peak at .08 grams of residual sugars per glass. So, cleanly crafted wines are keto-friendly.
Since slow crafted, hand-vined wines are not made in a lab, they had the time to extract the naturally occurring antioxidants. After finding out that we are bombarded with toxins like piercing arrows, natural antioxidants are welcomed. Wouldn’t you like to see a wine that was tended by humans and not mass-produced by industrial farming methods? Cleanly crafted wines are wildly delicious and distinct. Every crop is unique, thereby making the wine experience naturally intriguing.
Wine connoisseurs have their preferences, which means our taste buds are distinct. Some like their reds at room temperature; others prefer it chilled. Even whites and the emerging popular rose goes with any wild-caught fish or free-range bird. Therefore, in order to deal with unhealthy ingredients, pairing a good wine with a good clean meal is the way to go. It goes without saying that when you make better decisions, your body will appreciate it. My clients are always pleasantly pleased with how their body responds to clean wines. Irrespective of what your goals are—long-term or short-term—you can make a big difference. You will definitely not regret making healthier choices. Now is the perfect time to start!
Live Healthy & Feel Amazing
Kellie Cutsinger of Cleanly Consumed LLC