Like lots of people, I partied a little too hardy this New Year’s Eve, and ended up waking at one o’clock the next afternoon with only foggy recollections of the last few hours of my evening. It felt like crap.
If I’m at a gathering and I see the wine I’m being served is coming from a box, I wince a little. I don’t mean to: It’s an unconscious reaction. But, it’s exactly this sort of reaction that is keeping boxed wine from achieving its potential.
With all the mystery, confusion, and ritual surrounding wine, it’s no surprise that wine myths are so prevalent. I’ve compiled a short list of some of the most common wine myths out there—those that have a direct impact on the wine and/or your ability to enjoy it at its maximum potential.
Why do I feel like I already have a hangover the same night that I’ve been drinking? All I had was two glasses of red wine. With dinner. It wasn’t the first time I’d been stricken with a red wine headache; I tend to identify as a red drinker, but as a red drinker, headaches are a frustratingly common occurrence.
We’ve heard plenty about the (often exaggerated) benefits of red wine. In a study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers randomly assigned 224 people with Type 2 diabetes (who didn’t drink alcohol before the study) to either drink red wine, white wine, or water with dinner for two years. Related: 30 Photos Of Unretouched Butts, In Case You Forgot What They Really Look Like The team found that, as you may have expected, red wine drinkers saw the most striking improvements in things like cholesterol levels and certain indicators of their control of lipids and glucose. For women, theNational Institutes of Health recommends no more than a single drink per day (sigh). Related: 25 Real Photos Of Women’s Breasts (NSFW) And while most alcohol-related hype has focused on red wine, actual research hasn’t always been so selective.
New York City-based periodontist Dr. Nicholas Toscano explains which items will hurt your smile—and maybe even your personal life. Dark Liquids—Duh! “Teeth absorb colored liquids—coffee, tea, cola, and wine—throughout your life causing intrinsic staining of the teeth, which is hard to remove,” says Toscano. “It neutralizes the acid in your stomach, which sends up some gastric juice reinforcements that belong nowhere near your tongue.” Brush after you drink it, get a cleaning every six months to prevent long-term damage, and avoid it before an important event. Onions and Garlic “Most of us know to steer clear of this bad breath duo, but it’s hard to do when it’s sometimes hidden as a flavor-enhancing ingredient,” says Dr. Toscano. “Raw onions are worse than cooked, with a lingering punch that is much harder to get rid of.” He says garlic will ward off more than just vampires, and is difficult to rinse away. Anything with Seeds “Poppy, strawberry and sesame seeds find lodging in every tooth cranny,” says Toscano.