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Cut back on alcohol without giving up on flavour!

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With many of us wanting to make healthier lifestyle choices, there has been an increasing demand for alchohol-removed products. Water and soft drink options sometimes simply just don’t cut it at social rituals and special occasions. But, thankfully, there is an expanding range of products to make sure you can enjoy that fancy cocktail or glass of wine sans alcohol!

WHY GO ALCOHOL-FREE?

Research has shown that there are many health benefits to going booze-free, whether you choose to do a few days a week or go a whole month. Making minor adjustment­s and swapping full strength to zero strength may contribute to an increase in energy, better sleep and weight loss.

IF YOU TAKE THE ALCOHOL OUT OF WINE, DOESN’T THAT MAKE IT GRAPE JUICE?

Not at all. Alcohol-removed wine is made the same as regular wine by ageing and fermenting. However, the alcohol is then removed using either reverse osmosis technology (filtration) or distillati­on. Grape juice, on the other hand, is not fermented or aged.

IS ALCOHOL-FREE LOWER IN CALORIES? Good quality alcohol-removed wines such as Edenvale contain less than half the calories of standard wine yet are still rich in antioxidan­ts with all the health benefits of actual wine. Keep in mind, however, that not all alcohol-free beers are lower in calories as this depends on the ingredient­s and the brewing process. Do your research and find brands that work for you.

DOES ALCOHOL FREE TASTE THE SAME AS FULL STRENGTH?

In the past people avoided alcohol-free products because they just didn’t taste all that great. But times have definitely changed and there are now numerous choices that rival their full-strength counterpar­ts.

WHY IS ALCOHOL FREE SO EXPENSIVE?

While it’s true that many alcohol-free products are at a similar price point to their boozy equivalent­s, this is due to the complex production process. Producing these products requires the same expertise and ingredient­s as full strength – and then they go through the extra step to extract alcohol while retaining the flavour.

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