Alcohol-Free and Non-Alcoholic Wines – A Pregnancy Substitute?
These days, we know just how much of a negative effect consuming alcohol during pregnancy can have. So much so that it is universal practice to go completely sober during those precious nine months. But for someone who enjoys a glass of wine in the evenings, this can be quite a challenge. Drinking wine is often associated with relaxing after a hard day at work, and let's face it, we all have days where we simply need to sit down and take a moment. So what happens when you want to relax but you're also carrying bubba? Usually, nothing.
Pregnant woman often have to just grind through those tough times to protect their unborn child. But now there is the option of drinking alcohol-free and non-alcoholic wine. These beverages provide the sense of drinking wine and that feeling of relaxation, but the alcohol content is either entirely or almost non-existent. It is completely safe and perfect for women during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
But isn’t alcohol-free wine and non-alcoholic wine simply a fancy name for grape juice? Not at all, these beverages are made in the exact same way as alcoholic wine, but right before the process is finished the alcohol is removed. And while this does make the beverage taste slightly more mellow than its alcoholic counterparts, it is still the closest safe alternative to normal wine.
Now, let's clear up what we mean when we say that the alcohol is in some cases almost non-existent in non-alcoholic wines. Unless the wine is made to be completely alcohol-free, there is always a tiny amount of alcohol left over after the de-alcoholisation process, usually less than 0.5%, but don't let this frighten you. The traces of alcohol that are left over are so small that if you wanted to reach the legal limit for driving while intoxicated in New Zealand you would have to consume around five 750ml bottles or approximately 25 glasses of non-alcoholic wine. Not only that but 0.5% alcohol is a similar level to the amount of alcohol you would find in non-pasteurized fruit drinks like orange juice, which occurs naturally simply due to the fermentation of the fruit.
We still advise you however to consume non-alcoholic wine in moderation while pregnant. The product is only an alternative to completely foregoing alcoholic beverages during those important nine months and should not be viewed as a simple replacement for drinking habits. Remember, drink responsibly.
If you would like to learn more about alcohol-free and non-alcoholic wines visit our website at www.miragewines.co.nz