Is it possible to drink wine without getting a hangover? We’ve all woken up to find we’ve come down with a bad case of wine headache before. Wouldn’t you love it if you could sup your favourite tipple all night and wake up feeling fresh as a daisy? Well the Ideal Wine Company has discovered that soon, you may be able to do just that.
What happens when you indulge in too much wine?
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Yet even we admit that all wines have one downside. If you indulge in it too much you can wake up with a nasty headache. What would you say if we told you that you may be able to enjoy as much wine as you want without having to fear the consequences? You’d probably laugh and tell us we’re crazy, but soon you may be able to do exactly that.
Scientist develops a way to eliminate ‘toxic’ element in wine
According to the Telegraph, a professor at the University of Illinois has found a way to eliminate the ‘toxic’ element in your favourite bottle that causes hangovers.
Professor Yong-Su Jin has developed a technique that alters the way yeast produces. Yeast is a vital part of the wine-making process. His team has discovered that if you change the DNA of yeast you can increase its nutritional elements, whilst reducing the toxic by-products that are known to facilitate hangovers.
“Genome knife” rids wine of hangover-inducing by-products
Jin recently explained: “Fermented foods such as beer, wine and bread are made with polyploid strains of yeast, which means they contain multiple copies of genes in the genome. Until now, it’s been very difficult to do genetic engineering in polyploid strains because if you altered a gene in one copy of the genome, an unaltered copy would correct the one that had been changed.”
Basically he and his team developed an enzyme known as a “genome knife.” Jin went on to suggest that the “knife” can slice through every copy of the gene and prevent the automatic corrections from happening, which prevents you from getting a hangover.
Yet the “knife” also has another purpose. It can be utilised to clone the enzyme that enhances malolactic fermentation. This is a fermentation process that determines the style and character of a bottle of wine. Jin commented that this can help eliminate hangovers as “improper malolactic fermentation generates the toxic by-products that may cause hangover symptoms.”
Drink in moderation
Therefore yes, soon it may be possible to drink wine without waking up with a hangover the next day. However a hangover-proof bottle of wine is unlikely to make it into your cellar anytime soon. For now, it may be best to stick to drinking in moderation!