Only 3 more sleeps until Christmas! Hope you are all winding down for the festive season and finishing the last minute preparations. Over the last few weeks I have been looking at ways in which we can swap some seasonal favourites to a healthier alternative, without compromising on flavour. I know that eating clean isn’t the top of most people’s agenda at Christmas, but if you can find just a few substitutes, it can make you feel healthier with the added energy that we all need this time of year. I have a sulphite intolerance that has resulted in some nasty reactions in the past including rashes, hot flushes and sickness. Sulphites are used as a preservative and an anti-oxidant and an intolerance can be hard to control as it is widely used in many different foods. It’s especially difficult at Christmas as it can be found in dried fruits, sausages and sweet mincemeat. Unfortunately it also rules out beer, cider and wine! Well, until now... Low Sulphite wine is now becoming widely available. It’s not just for those with allergies but a healthier alternative too. With Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and online stores now stocking a variety of bottles, I feel like I am enjoying wine again. To be fair, there isn’t really any such thing as Sulphite-FREE as all wines contain various amounts, depending on the quality of the wine. Tiny amounts are a natural bi-product of the fermentation process. Unfortunately, the labels don’t tell you a lot about the amounts the wine contains but keep an eye out for Low Sulphite natural biodynamic wine which has had no additional amount of sulphur added. The Natural Wine Cellar has a wonderful selection of Low Sulphite wine. My particular favourite is the Roussillon winemakers. In their own words, regardless of the land they work on, the grape variety they grow or how they make their wine, they all share the same common belief, to respect their environment and the people who choose to drink their natural wine. To find out more about them and the wines they produce, take a look here http://www.thenaturalwinecellar.co.uk/roussillon/. A great way to try the wine is to pick up The Première Roussillon White selection of 6 bottles http://www.thenaturalwinecellar.co.uk/store/premiere-roussillon-white. As you’ll see, they clearly label how much sulphite mg per litre, which is really minimal on this selection! To find out more about food allergies and harmful preservatives, pick up my book Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health, available on Amazon: http://bit.ly/eatcleanbook So happy that I can enjoy wine again! Will be raising a few glasses this Christmas so CHEERS! Love, Ching x
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