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Snooth User: rsimone

Heavy metals found in wines?

Posted by rsimone, Nov 4, 2008.

Someone sent me this article recently which was on WebMD. A little bit scary if you ask me. Please let me know if anyone has heard of this.


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 4, 2008.

It's a fact. But they didn't test domestic wines. There are a lot of healthy, old folks in Europe drinking wine every day. I wouldn't worry too much about it. I personally would like to see peer review and repeatable results of this before I even deem it worth considering. There is just too much evidence to the contrary for me to worry about it.

Reply by Philip James, Nov 5, 2008.

I hate all this quasi-science - half the research contradicts the other half. Is wine good for me, or going to kill me? red or white? 1 glass or two?

I usually ignore it, but this caught my eye:

On the same site as the link from rsimone is another article telling me how wine is good for me! Way to help me WebMD

Reply by Philip James, Nov 6, 2008.

Wine Spectator writes about this today

There's a good closing quote:
"Drinking water is sometimes higher in metals than these wines," Soleas said. "I'm not trying to minimize the fact that contaminants get into wine, but they are targeting the wrong contaminants. Most people will drink two glass of wine a night, but eight glasses of water per day, and if they take a multivitamin tablet they get two milligrams of manganese on top of that, so how is the metal obtained from wine going to kill anyone?"

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Nov 6, 2008.

I poured a glass of water for a friend at our "Many Happy Returns" election party on Tuesday. It was white with bubbles and she almost didn't drink it. A lot of people think that means the water is contaminated.

Wait, where was I going with that story again? Can I see a program?

Reply by Philip James, Nov 6, 2008.

you mean tap water? I'm pretty sure they installed an aeration system in my faucet as the water suddenly comes out cloudy. It looks like milk, which is really offputting, but if you leave it, it does turn out to be in fact H20...

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