There is a wine industry secret that has gained scant public attention.
I wrote about this problem in my book back in 2004.
U.K. researchers at the University of Kingston researched the levels of heavy metals found in wine and discovered very high levels of toxic heavy metals. How high is high and what risks does drinking a glass of wine each night with your meal pose?
Target hazard quotients (THQ) were designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to determine safe levels of frequent long term exposure to chemical pollutants. The THQ is a ratio between the measured concentration and the oral reference dose, weighted by the length and frequency of exposure, amount ingested and body weight.
A THQ reading of 1 or above indicates a health risk. More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of eating large chain fish and shell food that have toxins like mercury and other heavy metals and chemicals like DDT in them. (Large chain fish are worse for your health because they eat small chain fish so the toxins bio-accumulate in their tissue up through the food chain).
Seafood typically carries a THQ risk of 1 to 5. Heavy metals found in wine samples have been found to have THQ reading of 50 to 200 per glass. Long term consumption will pose a significant health risk. The study found THQ values for the daily ingestion of 250ml of apple juice, stout and red wine were all above the safe level of 1. Red wine values were particularly high with with scores of over 150.
Combined with the heavy metals found in wine it also important to remember that you are exposed also to high levels of pesticides and fungicides.
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Heavy Metals Found In Wine: Results By Country
The metal ions (molecules) that were most frequently found in the wine studies were lead, vanadium, copper, zinc, chromium, nickel and manganese.
The minimum and maximum THQ results for wines from different countries are shown here. Italy, mentioned above, came out a lot better than other countries in the results:
Minimum and maximum THQ values calculated for the combined metal ion content for selected wines by country of origin.
The intake of metals ions can be a double edged sword. The ingestion of trace levels of these metals like copper and iron are necessary for the completion of healthy body functions such as the synthesis of metalloproteins. However excess consumption of such metal ions, such as manganese and iron, has been linked to Parkinson’s Disease. Scores of other metals for which we have no daily safe levels established were also found.
So why are heavy metals found in wine? In my book, I wrote about Italian and Bulgarian wine produced near heavy industry that was found to have twice the permitted level of lead. As well as air pollution, water and soils also factor in contributing to toxicity in wines along with production methods.
The authors of the Kingston University study show that potentially hazardous metal ions are frequently found in red and white wine from various countries. Daily consumption of 250mL of wine leads to high THQ values and may present detrimental health concerns through a lifetimes based upon the metal content alone. Click here for to find out the symptoms that can be caused by Heavy Metals Found in Wine
They also recommended that the levels of metal ions should appear on the label of wines and further steps be taken to “remove key hazardous metals ions during wine production.”
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