Wine: The truth about sulphites

This naturally occurring compound can also be added to wine to prevent fermentation or used as a preservative. But is it responsible for causing headaches?

Some people do have a bad reaction when drinking wine. But the issue may not be sulphites. Picture: Getty

Jeffrey Steingarten, the supremely talented US novelist and food critic for Vogue magazine, once asked an insightful question: “If MSG is so bad for you, why doesn’t everyone in China have a headache?”

Even I, growing up in the west of Ireland during the 1990s, had heard of the apparent health risks associated with eating monosodium glutamate. Since then, however, we’ve learned much more about the naturally occurring compound which is found in food such ...