Food Sources of Sulfites
Many consumers of the standard American diet
experience severe allergy symptoms, including headaches, asthma, and
even seizures from sulfites. These have been added to foods by
major food processing companies because they have preservative
effects and are very inexpensive.
Sulfites are used in many different kinds of foods.
If you or your loved ones have severe food reactions, check labels
and suspect the inclusion of sulfites in the following types of
foods and beverages:
Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Wine, beer, cocktail mixes, wine coolers, most
distilled liquors (where sulfites are only required to be listed if
they are found in concentrations of 10 ppm or greater). Drinks
containing sugar and or corn syrup, dried citrus fruit beverage
mixes, and all canned, bottled, or frozen fruit juices.
Bread with dough conditioners, cookies, crackers,
crepes, mixes with dried fruits or vegetables, pie crust, pizza
crust, quiche crust, soft pretzels, tortillas and tortilla shells,
Horseradish, onion and pickle relishes, pickles,
olives, salad dressing mixes, and wine vinegar.
Frostings (all canned or packaged frosting mixes),
puddings, fillings (fruit fillings), flavored and unflavored
gelatin, pectin, jelling agents, hard candies (all clear hard
candy), refined sugar (all sugars including brown, white, powdered
and raw), dried fruit snacks, potato chips, tortilla chips, filled
crackers, and trail mixes.
Dairy Product Substitutes
All processed "cheese foods" containing filled milk
(skim milk enriched in fat content by addition of vegetable oils).
Dried Vegetables and Fruits
Chives, parsley, herbs, and spices, processed
fruits, and all dried fruit, including raisins, prunes, canned,
bottled or frozen fruit, maraschino cherries, and glazed fruit.
Fish and Shellfish
Fresh and frozen shrimp, scallops, clams, lobster,
crab, dried cod, and salmon.
Grain Products and Pasta
Cornstarch, modified food starch, spinach pasta,
gravies, hominy, breading, batters, noodle rice mixes.
Fruits and Vegetables
All dried fruits, grapes, fresh-cut potatoes (as
delivered to restaurants). Sulfur dioxide is used as fungicide
on fresh grapes.
Jams and Jellies
Nuts and Nut Products
Plant Protein Products
Soy protein products such as tofu, textured
vegetable protein, and infant formulas.
- "Sulfites: FDA Limits Uses, Broadens Labeling,"
FDA Consumer, October 1986.
- "Guide to Sulfited Foods," Center for
Science in the Public Interest.
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