Wine is said to have various benefits for human health, especially for the cardiovascular system, if consumed regularly in small quantities (a glass or two per day). Unfortunately, after the warnings about arsenic found in apple juice and rice, a lawsuit was filed in California that claims that wines have extremely high levels of arsenic.
What you need to know about arsenic?
For those of us who are not familiar with or have forgotten about all of the elements, here is some basic information about arsenic. It is a natural chemical element which is present in the environment (air, water and soil) both naturally and as a result from certain human activities. It behaves like metal and has many different forms. It can exist in inorganic or organic form, inorganic arsenic being generally considered more toxic, even though both forms are highly toxic.
Arsenic can be inhaled due to its presence in airborne particles, but most of it is consumed from diet. In the gut, arsenic compounds present in food, water and beverages are rapidly absorbed into the blood stream. Many arsenic compounds are quickly transformed and eliminated from the body via urine. However, there are differences from one person to another in the ability to get rid of arsenic compounds.
How does it affect human body?
If a large amount of arsenic is swallowed by humans, in a form that is readily absorbed, it can cause rapid poisoning or death. The gut, the heart and the nervous system are affected. Those who survive acute poisoning may develop pigment spots in the skin and damage to red blood cells, bone marrow (where blood cells are made), liver, nerves and brain. However, exposure to extreme (lethal) amounts of arsenic is very rare.
Also long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic in drinking water and other arsenic-containing beverages can cause thickening and pigment spots on the skin, as well as cancer of the skin, lungs, bladder or kidney.
Arsenic in wines
A proposed class action suit was filled in California that claims that some popular wines have arsenic levels three to five times as high as allowed in drinking water.
The origins of the lawsuit go back to a researcher named Kevin Hicks. Hicks was a former wine distributor who started Beverage Grades, a laboratory established in Denver that analyses wine. There are almost no federal labeling requirements to tell you what wine really contains, which is why these tests were run by Kevin Hicks, a cofounder of the laboratory in Denver.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still controls the maximum amount of arsenic in public water, and according to the research, cheap wines contain five times the allowed amount of arsenic.
“While doing my research, I noticed a pattern indicating that the lower the price of the wine was, the more arsenic in it there was.” – says Hicks.
He tested more than 1.300 bottles of wine, and almost a quarter of them had levels higher than the EPA’s maximum allowable amount of arsenic in drinking water, which is 10 parts per billion. Just for comparison, the amount in cheap wines is 50 parts per billion.
A FULL LIST OF THE 31 DIFFERENT RISKY-TO-DRINK WINE BRANDS:
- Acronym (GR8RW Red Blend).
- Almaden (Heritage White Zinfandel, Heritage Moscato, Heritage Chardonnay,
- Mountain Burgundy, Mountain Rhine, Mountain Chablis).
- Arrow Creek (Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon).
- Bandit (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon).
- Bay Bridge (Chardonnay).
- Beringer (White Merlot, White Zinfandel, Red Moscato, Refreshingly Sweet Moscato).
- Charles Shaw (White Zinfandel).
- Colores Del Sol (Malbec).
- Glen Ellen by Concannon (Glen Ellen Reserve Pinot Grigio, Glen Ellen Reserve Merlot).
- Concannon (Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir).
- Cook’s (Spumante).
- Corbett Canyon (Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon).
- Cupcake (Malbec).
- Fetzer (Moscato, Pinot Grigio).
- Fisheye (Pinot Grigio).
- Flipflop (Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon).
- Foxhorn (White Zinfandel).
- Franzia (Vintner Select White Grenache, Vintner Select White Zinfandel, Vintner
- Select White Merlot, Vintner Select Burgundy).
- Hawkstone (Cabernet Sauvignon).
- HRM Rex Goliath (Moscato).
- Korbel (Sweet Rose Sparkling Wine, Extra Dry Sparkling Wine).
- Menage A Trois (Pinot Grigo, Moscato, White Blend, Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet
- Sauvignon, California Red Wine).
- Mogen David (Concord, Blackberry Wine).
- Oak Leaf (White Zinfandel).
- Pomelo (Sauvignon Blanc).
- R Collection By Raymond (Chardonnay).
- Richards Wild Irish Rose (Red Wine).
- Seaglass (Sauvignon Blanc).
- Simply Naked (Moscato).
- Smoking Loon (Viognier).
- Sutter Home (Sauvignon Blanc, Gerwurztraminer, Pink Moscato, Pinot Grigio,
- Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Sweet Red, Riesling, White Merlot, Merlot, White Zinfandel)
An inexpensive bottle of wine may seem like a bargain,but it may cost you your health, so next time watch out when buying cheap wines!