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Food With Sulphur
Foods and drinks that often contain sulphites include:
- Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables
- Fruit and vegetables juices
- Fruit fillings and syrups, jams, jellies and other preserves
- Dried fruits and vegetables, like apricots, coconut, raisins and sweet potato
- Cereal, cornmeal, cornstarch, crackers and muesli
- Dehydrated, mashed, peeled and pre-cut potatoes, including French fries
- Tomato pastes, pulps and purees
- Condiments like horseradish, ketchup, mustard, pickles and relishes
- Vinegar and wine vinegar
- Bottled lemon and lime juices and concentrates
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic wine, beer and cider
These foods may also contain sulphites:
- Baked goods, including granola bars (especially with dried fruits)
- Deli meats, hot dogs and sausages
- Dressings, gravies, sauces and soups
- Dehydrated fish, crustaceans and shellfish
- Noodle and rice mixes
- Soy products
Other items that may contain sulphites include:
- Gelatin or pectin
- Sweeteners like dextrose, glucose solids and syrup and molasses
- Medications and pharmaceuticals
Sulphites are not allowed on fresh vegetables and fruits (except sliced potatoes and raw grapes). They are also not allowed on pre-packaged meat, poultry and fish (other than tuna and crustaceans).
List of Foods for Sulfite Sensitivity
Sulfites preserve the flavor of food, prevent bacteria growth and reduce spoilage. They’re also used to preserve medication and increase shelf life. While the Food and Drug Administration deems sulfites safe, some people are sensitive to these preservatives. You may experience hives, flushing, nasal congestion, wheezing and asthma symptoms if you have a sulfite intolerance. The best way to manage sulfite sensitivity is to limit your exposure. Find out which foods are safe and which ones to steer clear of and you’ll find it easy to manage your problem.
Fruits and Vegetables
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, reach for fresh and frozen varieties that are naturally free of sulfites. Fruits and vegetables that require preserving tend to have sulfites. This includes dried varieties, processed fruits like maraschino cherries, tomato paste and puree and frozen juices, except orange juice. Additionally, frozen sliced apples and mushrooms often have sulfites as preservatives. Fresh grapes contain a natural form of sulfur, but many people suffering with sulfite sensitivity can enjoy fresh grapes since natural sulfur differs from sulfites used as preservatives.
Meat and Fish
As with fruits and vegetables, fresh meat and fowl are naturally free of sulfites, but beware at the deli counter. Processed meat like hot dogs, deli slices and sausages tend to contain sulfites, though there are brands offering sulfite-free varieties. If you choose to purchase deli meats, check the packaging. Because processed meat is considered unhealthy, you’ll want to limit your intake regardless. Additionally, steer clear of smoked, canned, cured and dried meats and canned tuna.
Breads, Cereals and Milk Products
Fresh-made bread and cereals like oatmeal are sulfite-free and safe to eat. It’s common for some breads and cereals to contain dried fruits, however, so you’ll need to avoid those. Commercially-prepared dough often contains sulfites to extend shelf life, making it necessary to steer clear of those as well. Frozen pastry dough often contains sulfites, but you can find frozen dough in sulfite-free varieties, so look for the designation on the label.
Certain alcoholic beverages, particularly beer, cider and wine, contain sulfites. It’s possible to find sulfite-free beer and wine. However, unless the label says it’s sulfite free, assume that it isn’t. Pickles, relishes and foods made with vinegar, except distilled white vinegar, contain sulfites. Additionally, watch out for jams and jellies that typically contain the preservative in the form of pectin. If you miss having jam with your breakfast, try making fresh jam without pectin or look for pectin-free jam.