Your Favorite Cheap Wine May Have a Toxic Secret

woman buying wine at supermarketWine one of those delightful indulgences that we know isn't exactly the best expenditure of calories, but can pass off as at least somewhat healthy. Because antioxidants! But new research shows that certain wines are far more dangerous than you may even have guessed. A proposed class action lawsuit is being filed in California that claims some of the most popular wines have horrifyingly high levels of the highly toxic element arsenic.



Recent tests of more than 1,300 bottles of wine by BeverageGrades, a laboratory in Denver, Colorado that analyzes wine, showed that the wines have up to four and five times the maximum amount the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows for drinking water, according to CBS.

So, heads up if you drink inexpensive wine, because the lower the price of wine on a per-liter basis, the higher the amount of arsenic, the tests done by BeverageGrades' Kevin Smith found. White or blush varieties were also the biggest offenders.

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Among the biggest names being called out in the lawsuit: Trader Joe's Two-Buck Chuck White Zinfandel (which came in at three times the limit), a bottle of Ménage à Trois Moscato (four times the limit), and a Franzia White Grenache (five times the EPA limit). Frightening doesn't even begin to cut it.

Other brands mentioned in the suit: Sutter Home, Wine Cube, Charles Shaw, Glen Ellen, Cupcake, Beringer, and Vendage.

Even though we obviously all drink more water than wine (uh, hopefully), this is really nothing to sneeze at, being that arsenic is as toxic to the body as cigarette smoking. And approximately 1 in 100 people who drink water that his too high in arsenic (let alone these wines, which it seems are even more polluted) throughout their life will die from the arsenic, ultimately, due to mostly cancers from it, Kevin Smith from BeverageGrades told CBS.

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The lawsuit aims to "get the winemakers to recall these wines, to get them to refund the money that people paid for these wines, and ultimately to clean up the wine industry in California," says attorney Brian Kabateck.

Cheers to that. Given the risk, and the popularity of these particular wines, that's the LEAST they can do.

Will this news change what wines you drink?


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