Since the US government
insisted that wine labels include a “Contains Sulfites” warning, folks
have been blaming the compound for their wine headaches. Very likely,
finds Lettie Teague, the cause is something else!
The fiercely anti-alcohol senator successfully lobbied for this particular warning to be part of the 1988 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, a continuation of the so-called War on Drugs. Never mind that the average bottle of Cabernet contains far fewer sulfites than, say, a can of tuna or a bag of dried fruit, products that carry no warning at all. (A glass of wine contains roughly 10 mg of sulfites; two ounces of dried apricots, 112 mg.)