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Living Sulfite-Free - Is It Possible?

Updated on August 23, 2017

What's Happening to Me?

That's the question more and more of us are asking these days. That's the question my husband, Gerald, asked about three years ago. Strange things started happening to him that had never happened before. Maybe they're happening to you, too.

They tell us that only 1 percent of people in the U.S. have this problem, but I wonder . . . and even if it's true, that's a lot of people!

DISCLAIMER: The information on this site contains our personal experiences with sulfite sensitivity. It should not be viewed as an authoritative source of information on the subject. Although we continue to work hard to make sure our statements are accurate, we are by no means experts. PLEASE do your own research to make sure you are as safe as possible!

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I took this picture on the evening in question . . .
I took this picture on the evening in question . . .

It was a simple glass of white wine . . .

We were out with good friends, enjoying a theater experience - Charlie Chaplin silent films accompanied by a talented musician who sat playing a gigantic organ. We sat in a huge banquet room. The company was great, the food was delicious, and our white wine was chilled to perfection. Gerald took a sip along with his meal. Strange . . . my lips are tingling, he thought. My face is feeling flushed. My tongue's a little numb.

He waited, and gradually those feelings subsided. Another sip, and the symptoms returned. This is strange. I've never felt this before. Could those sulfites they always warn about on wine bottles be affecting me like this?

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Maybe it's not just the wine . . .

We're not big wine drinkers, so it was a few months before Gerald drank wine again. We each had a glass of wine with dinner, and the same things happened to him - only worse. His lips felt swollen and numb and his face became more flushed. He started to wheeze.

Strangely, he said that the symptoms had started to a degree even before he drank the wine. What had you eaten before? I asked him. He had been at my brother's house, where he had eaten some tuna and some flour tortillas. It sounded safe enough. Confusing.

As usual, I jumped on the internet to learn what I could about sulfites. I learned that many flour tortillas have something in them called sodium metabisulfite. Wow. This definitely sounded like a problem. It wasn't just a problem that could be solved by avoiding wine. He had to avoid those tortillas, too.

"But I LOVE tortillas!"

Don't worry . . . be happy! (Read the end to find good news about the price!)

I can't tell you how discouraged we were when we couldn't find a flour tortilla without sulfites. I even tried making them myself - what a disaster! One day I was bemoaning my plight to a friend of mine who happens to be a chef. He asked me if we had tried the UNCOOKED Tortilla Land flour tortillas sold in the refrigerated section of our local Costco. These tortillas don't have to sit on a shelf for who knows how long, being preserved by things like sodium metabisulfite.

Let me tell you, the next time I went to Costco, I headed straight for those Tortilla Land tortillas and analyzed the ingredient list. SAFE! I could hardly wait to try them.

This is how I cook them: Heat a frying pan (no oil needed), place a tortilla in for about 30 seconds, and wait for the tortillas to start to bubble up. Turn it over and you'll see those nice little brown circles of doneness. Cook for just another few seconds, and you're done! Quick and easy! And how do they taste? Ooohhh! . . . tortilla heaven. Like your own abuelita would have made.

If Gerald hadn't become sulfite-sensitive, I doubt if I ever would have tried these. Now I can't imagine buying anything else.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These used to be carried at Amazon. Now Amazon carries a comparable and equally delicious product called Tortilla Fresca Uncooked Flour Tortillas. I ordered them from Amazon to try them out. Packed with something to keep them cold during transport, they arrived in great condition and were delicious! I thought maybe the previous brand wasn't being made any more.

Imagine my surprise when I visited Costco and found the original product still in their refrigerated case - and at about half of Amazon's price! Just a little heads-up for you price-conscious shoppers! ;)

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We had to become detectives . . .

Gerald's allergist gave him a comprehensive skin test to determine what he was allergic to. Test results? He wasn't allergic to ANYTHING. The doctor explained that there is no such thing as a sulfite allergy - only a sulfite sensitivity. Nor is there a specific test for sulfite sensitivity. It was something the patient had to figure out for himself, mostly by tracking one's reactions to foods.

The doctor gave us a list of foods that could cause Gerald problems. That and my internet search revealed many things that were eye-opening. I learned that there was a vast array of food that "everybody" eats without adverse reactions - but that Gerald dare not touch.

Here's what we learned . . .

We came up with a fairly comprehensive list of foods that MAY contain sulfites. Not all manufacturers use sulfites in these products. Remember to check each label.

  1. Baked Goods: Bread; cookies; crackers; mixes containing dried fruits or vegetables; pie crust; pizza crust; quiche crust; flour tortillas
  2. Beverages: Wine; wine coolers; beer; cocktail mixes; dried citrus fruit beverage mixes; instant tea; liquid tea concentrates
  3. Condiments and Relishes: Horseradish; relishes; pickles; olives; salad dressings; salad dressing mixes; wine vinegar
  4. Dairy (and Non-Dairy) Products: Filled milk (specially prepared skim milk with added vegetable oils to increase its fat content); non-dairy coffee creamers; sour cream; yogurt
  5. Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: Sulfite use banned in the U.S. (except for prepared raw potatoes - for example, uncooked frozen french fries or hash browns)
  6. Gelatins: Puddings and Fillings: Fruit fillings; gelatin; pectin jelling agents
  7. Grain Products and Pastas: Cornstarch; modified food starch; spinach pasta; gravies; hominy; breadings; batters; noodle mixes; rice mixes
  8. Jams and Jellies: Jams and jellies
  9. Nuts and Nut Products: Shredded coconut
  10. Processed Fruits: Canned, bottled or frozen fruit juices; dried fruit; canned, bottled or frozen dietetic fruit or fruit juices; maraschino cherries; glazed fruit
  11. Processed Vegetables: Vegetable juice; canned vegetables (including potatoes); pickled vegetables (including sauerkraut); dried vegetables; instant mashed potatoes; frozen potatoes; potato salad, onion powder, garlic powder
  12. Seafood: Canned clams; fresh, frozen, canned or dried shrimp; frozen lobster; scallops; dried cod.
  13. Snack Foods: Dried fruit snacks; trail mixes; filled crackers
  14. Soups: Canned soups; dried soup mixes
  15. Sweet Toppings: Corn syrup; high fructose corn syrup; maple syrup; pancake syrup; fruit toppings
  16. Meats: Bacon, ham, sausage, hot dogs

Which of these contain Sulfites? - All of them. Look below the picture to find out why.

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There are naturally occurring sulfites even in home-grown grapes. Commercially-grown grapes are regularly sprayed with sulfites while they grow. Photo courtesy catlovers and CC by 2.0.The raisins in the bread are from grapes, which contain sulfites (see grapes). The glaze contains powdered sugar, which is made with corn starch. Photo courtesy turtlemom4bacon and CC by 2.0.Everybody's favorite cereals can contain corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, and modified food starch (often corn starch). Photo courtesy brendan-c and CC by 2.0.It's a challenge to find soda pop that isn't sweetened by corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup. Additionally, brown sodas get that way by the addition of caramel coloring, another sulfite culprit. Photo courtesy procsilas and CC by 2.0.Who knew? Gelatin contains sulfites. Photo courtesy furryscaly and CC by 2.0.Unless you cut the fresh potatoes yourself, odds are these lovely french fries were kept nice and white before frying by using a sulfite solution. (Hint: a FEW "fast food" restaurants do cut and fry their own potatoes without the use of sulfites; forMost hot dogs contain corn syrup, as well as onion and/or garlic powder, which contain sulfites. Also, it's nearly impossible to find sauerkraut that hasn't been whitened with sulfites. Another warning: most of those hot dog (and hamburger buns) contI LOVE shrimp! Shellfish and seafood are sulfited ON THE BOAT. Photo courtesy stu_spivack and CC by 2.0.It's hard to find ice cream that isn't sweetened with corn syrup. Photo courtesy eyeliam and CC by 2.0.Gerald LOVES cookies! But nearly all of them contain corn starch and corn syrup. :(
There are naturally occurring sulfites even in home-grown grapes. Commercially-grown grapes are regularly sprayed with sulfites while they grow. Photo courtesy catlovers and CC by 2.0.
There are naturally occurring sulfites even in home-grown grapes. Commercially-grown grapes are regularly sprayed with sulfites while they grow. Photo courtesy catlovers and CC by 2.0.
The raisins in the bread are from grapes, which contain sulfites (see grapes). The glaze contains powdered sugar, which is made with corn starch. Photo courtesy turtlemom4bacon and CC by 2.0.
The raisins in the bread are from grapes, which contain sulfites (see grapes). The glaze contains powdered sugar, which is made with corn starch. Photo courtesy turtlemom4bacon and CC by 2.0.
Everybody's favorite cereals can contain corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, and modified food starch (often corn starch). Photo courtesy brendan-c and CC by 2.0.
Everybody's favorite cereals can contain corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, and modified food starch (often corn starch). Photo courtesy brendan-c and CC by 2.0.
It's a challenge to find soda pop that isn't sweetened by corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup. Additionally, brown sodas get that way by the addition of caramel coloring, another sulfite culprit. Photo courtesy procsilas and CC by 2.0.
It's a challenge to find soda pop that isn't sweetened by corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup. Additionally, brown sodas get that way by the addition of caramel coloring, another sulfite culprit. Photo courtesy procsilas and CC by 2.0.
Who knew? Gelatin contains sulfites. Photo courtesy furryscaly and CC by 2.0.
Who knew? Gelatin contains sulfites. Photo courtesy furryscaly and CC by 2.0.
Unless you cut the fresh potatoes yourself, odds are these lovely french fries were kept nice and white before frying by using a sulfite solution. (Hint: a FEW "fast food" restaurants do cut and fry their own potatoes without the use of sulfites; for
Unless you cut the fresh potatoes yourself, odds are these lovely french fries were kept nice and white before frying by using a sulfite solution. (Hint: a FEW "fast food" restaurants do cut and fry their own potatoes without the use of sulfites; for
Most hot dogs contain corn syrup, as well as onion and/or garlic powder, which contain sulfites. Also, it's nearly impossible to find sauerkraut that hasn't been whitened with sulfites. Another warning: most of those hot dog (and hamburger buns) cont
Most hot dogs contain corn syrup, as well as onion and/or garlic powder, which contain sulfites. Also, it's nearly impossible to find sauerkraut that hasn't been whitened with sulfites. Another warning: most of those hot dog (and hamburger buns) cont
I LOVE shrimp! Shellfish and seafood are sulfited ON THE BOAT. Photo courtesy stu_spivack and CC by 2.0.
I LOVE shrimp! Shellfish and seafood are sulfited ON THE BOAT. Photo courtesy stu_spivack and CC by 2.0.
It's hard to find ice cream that isn't sweetened with corn syrup. Photo courtesy eyeliam and CC by 2.0.
It's hard to find ice cream that isn't sweetened with corn syrup. Photo courtesy eyeliam and CC by 2.0.
Gerald LOVES cookies! But nearly all of them contain corn starch and corn syrup. :(
Gerald LOVES cookies! But nearly all of them contain corn starch and corn syrup. :(
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Oh, no! What next?

Grocery shopping became an intensive research project, every single time. I got so that I didn't even want to go grocery shopping, because it was such a lot of work, reading every single label on every single product. But if it kept my husband safe, it was worth it. So I pressed on.

One night shortly after dinner, Gerald's throat started to close and he began wheezing loudly. We panicked, terrified. We called our medical help line and talked to a nurse. She said we should see a doctor as soon as possible, but in the meantime, I needed to buy some Benadryl quickly. I raced to the store and back, and Gerald took the Benadryl. Shortly thereafter, he breathed easier and got very sleepy (a side effect of Benadryl).

Why? I asked myself again and again. I had been so careful. Dinner had been simple - no chance of sulfites that I was aware of... plain vegetables, macaroni and cheese - made only with macaroni and shredded cheese. Simple. Suddenly I thought about that cheese. I raced to the garbage can, where I had tossed the empty bag of store brand shredded cheese. Ingredients: shredded cheddar cheese, modified food starch to prevent caking. What???

Modified food starch - it doesn't specify which food starch is used, but a lot of the time it's cornstarch.

The Corn Connection

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I wanted to use a BIG picture, because the corn connection to sulfite sensitivity is HUGE.

We love corn, and neither of us has any problem eating it. But when we researched how corn is treated to produce other products, were were amazed.

One of the most enlightening sources of information was from the International Starch Institute, on how corn starch is made. After the corn is cleaned, it is steeped in hot water to release the starch. The Institute explains: "The steeping is actually a controlled fermentation. Sulphur dioxide improves the fermentation by enhancing growth of favourable micro-organisms . . . The sulphur dioxide may be prepared by burning sulphur and absorbing the gas in water. Because modern processes call for more strict and narrow dosage, a supply of sulphur dioxide gas under pressure is preferred or SO2 is replaced by sodium hydrogen bisulphite where no local gas supply is available." (Bold print is mine.)

Sulphur gases are used in the production of corn starch! In the same process, part of the continuing process extracts corn oil from the corn germ. Residual extracted corn germ meal is used for animal feeds. Corn starch itself is converted into corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup.

Sooooo . . . try buying food that has no corn starch, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, or modified food starch! It's pretty challenging! But necessary, since Gerald seemed to be reacting to all of these.

Sulfite sensitivity can cause many different reactions and in varying degrees. Since the sulfites were giving Gerald serious asthmatic reactions, his doctor provided him with an albuterol inhaler and an Epi-Pen - one for him and one for me, in case Gerald couldn't give himself a shot because of passing out or something. He also recommended that Gerald get a Medical Alert bracelet stating that he was sensitive to sulfites. Scary stuff. (Interesting side note: The Epi-Pen medicine contains . . . are you ready? Sulfites! But apparently the benefits outweigh the risks, especially if it will open a throat that is so swollen you can't breathe! The instructions are for him to use the Epi-Pen and then go immediately to a hospital emergency room. Did I say scary stuff?)

Gerald is by no means an isolated case. Click on this link to find out what happened to 37-year-old Karen just from eating french fries..

What's Your Opinion About Sulfite Labeling?

Do you think all food should be required to clearly label added sulfites?

Worldwide, people are facing the same challenge.

I was very impressed with these reports from Australia.

Watch out for these ingredients! - Commonly-used sulfites and their E numbers

In Europe and other parts of the world, E numbers on packaging identify sulphites in food. In the US, the chemical names are used. Become familiar with the designation in your part of the world, so that you can avoid them.

  • E150b Caustic sulphite caramel
  • E150d Sulphite ammonia caramel
  • E220 Sulfur dioxide
  • E221 Sodium sulphite
  • E222 Sodium bisulphite (sodium hydrogen sulphite)
  • E223 Sodium metabisulphite
  • E224 Potassium metabisulphite
  • E225 Potassium sulphite
  • E226 Calcium sulphite
  • E227 Calcium hydrogen sulphite (preservative)
  • E228 Potassium hydrogen sulphite

Sulfite or Sulphite?

Sulphites and sulfites are exactly the same thing. :) In the US, the English spelling "sulfite" is used; in other English-speaking parts of the world, the spelling "sulphite" is often used.

Since coffee is arguably the world's favorite beverage, this is something you will want to know!

My own invention!
My own invention!

One of my wonderful readers asked me this seemingly simple question: Are there sulfites in coffee? I found out the answer wasn't so simple. I'm hoping that this flowchart will help simplify a complicated answer.

These Coffee Filters Were NOT Bleached With Sulfites

If you hop on over to AMAZON, you will see that they carry dozens of unbleached coffee filters for all different coffee makers - lots to choose from!

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Feeling more than a little overwhelmed?

We absolutely understand.

Oh, my goodness, you say. This is too much, too hard. I am absolutely overwhelmed.

We understand. We've been there, done that - and that's why we've created this lens. So you won't have as hard a time as we did.

First, let us help you be informed - information is power. We've got some web sites to help you. The first was written by a woman with a long history of sulfite sensitivity. She explains her personal experience and her belief that you can find a substitute for any sulfited product, if you look long and hard enough. She has really good suggestions for you. She can help you understand it, she can help you handle this.

There's another woman who, like me, has a sulfite-sensitive husband. She's really done her homework from a scientific viewpoint.

I just discovered a wonderful site by a woman with an amazing knowledge of sulfite sensitivity. It includes sulfite-free recipes and strategies for dealing with sulfite sensitivity in everyday life.

Last, we'll show you the web site that helped us understand the whole issue the best. This site uses humor, intelligence, and science to teach you about a very complicated problem. We learned so much from this author! His e-book about the subject is absolutely free to download. We printed it and read it a little at a time to give us time to digest and discuss it at our own pace.

But What CAN I Eat???

The good news is, you can eat many of the foods you ate before - you just have to look a little harder to find what you need. But I'm giving you a secret weapon that will save you from hours on your feet reading labels in the grocery store. It's a link to a wonderful site called foodfacts.com. You can look up so many, many grocery items, and the site provides you with all the nutritional information, including every ingredient found in the product.

For example, say you would like to have pork sausage links for breakfast. In the search box at the top of the page, type in sausage. A list of popular sausages will appear. Under each is the little blue word "Ingredients." When you click the word, the ingredients appear. Let's pick three and compare them. Which of the following sausages should a sulfite sensitive individual pick?

a. Johnsonville Breakfast Pork Sausage:

Ingredients: Pork, Water, Salt, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Lemon Juice Powder (Corn Syrup Solids, Lemon Juice Solids, Lemon Oil), Monosodium Glutamate, Flavoring, BHT, Propyl Gallate, Citric Acid

b. Organic Valley Organic Italian Pork Sausage:

Ingredients: Pork (Organic), Water, Salt Sea, Milk Non-Fat Dry (Organic), Cane Sugar (Organic), Spice(s) (Organic), Garlic Powder (Organic), Rosemary Extract, Celery Seed Extract, Pork Casing Natural

c. Jimmy Dean Original Fresh Pork Sausage Links:

Ingredients: Pork, Water, Salt, Sugar, Spice(s), Corn Syrup, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice(s) Extractive, BHA, BHT, Citric Acid

If you picked "b," you're right.

Both "a" and "c" contain Citric Acid, which uses sulfites in its production. "A" has both corn syrup and corn syrup solids; "c" has corn syrup.

Did you notice that "b" is sweetened with organic cane sugar? This is important. Beet sugar is whitened with sulfur dioxide. Only buy cane sugar, which is low in naturally occurring sulfites. The only possible problem I see is that "b" contains organic garlic powder. Many garlic powders are treated with sulfites to keep their color light. You still will have to do a little cautious trial and error to determine how YOU react to individual products.

NEW! Sulfite-Sensitive Shopper's Guide

Handy wallet card just for you!

The hardest thing for me was during my actual shopping. I would be staring at a long list of ingredients, and for the life of me I could not remember if there were sulfites in some of them. It's complicated!

With that in mind, I designed a card to help me when I shop, to make life a little less complicated. I'm sharing it with all of you.

The cards come in packages of 100. That seems like a lot, but it really isn't. First, carry one in your wallet. Put some in your glove compartment. Put one in each of your purses. Give them freely to everyone in your family and to all of your friends. Explain that this will help them to help YOU to be safe. Share them with chefs in your favorite restaurants. Remember, this is a problem you will likely be dealing with for the rest of your life, so these cards will be a tremendous help to you for years to come.

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In Praise of Whole Foods Market

You can find products that you can eat at the local supermarket. I won't kid you - it's a lot of work, and you CAN do it successfully. But Whole Foods Market is like an oasis in the desert. I don't think there's a single product in the vast store that has high fructose corn syrup. The gigantic produce department is all organic, and not one piece of dehydrated fruit there has been treated with sulfites. I go there, and I love shopping again. I sincerely hope there's a Whole Foods Market near you.

As time goes on, I'll try to list some products that we enjoy that are safe for Gerald to eat, products that you might be able to find at your local grocery store. :)

Feeling our way . . .

I promised to give you a list of some foods that Gerald can eat without reactions so far. This can change at any time.

I hope this list will help you or your sulfite-sensitive friends. Some of these are in the form of a link to Amazon. Next to some of these "acceptable" foods, I will mention related items that we have discovered that Gerald can eat, as well as warnings for you to heed.

Keep in mind that the same foods are not safe for all people; each person has his/her own level of sensitivity. And those levels can change. Hopefully, this list will be a good place for you to start. I wish you all the best!

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1. Baked Goods

BREADS:There are more and more breads available now that are relatively safe. Look for Mestemacher Pumpernickel, Open Nature Breads, Dave's Killer Breads, etc. Look for breads that say "No Preservatives." Read bread labels carefully, watching out for dangerous ingredients like corn syrup, cornstarch, modified food starch, and so forth.

Clif Bar Energy Bar, Variety Pack of Chocolate Chip, Crunchy Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch, 2.4-Ounce Bars, Pack of 24
Clif Bar Energy Bar, Variety Pack of Chocolate Chip, Crunchy Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch, 2.4-Ounce Bars, Pack of 24

COOKIES: Technically not a cookie, my cookie-loving husband loves his Clif Energy Bars. The only thing he loves more is my home-made cookies! (Go ahead and bake! YOU control the ingredients that way, and they are so much more delicious than store-bought!)

 
Triscuit Original Crackers 9.5 Ounces (Pack of 12)
Triscuit Original Crackers 9.5 Ounces (Pack of 12)

CRACKERS: Most crackers have cornstarch in them, but these woven salty treats are just fine! Just be sure that you buy the Triscuit Original flavor - some of the others have unacceptable ingredients.

 

2. Beverages

WATER! It's the best thing you can drink, except that bottled water can contain sulfites. And not all bottled waters are created equal, at least where sulfites are concerned. Those with the least discernible amounts are Aquafina, Poland Springs, Crystal Springs, and Ozarka.

V8 Juice (Original): I haven't been able to learn if V8 uses any dehydrated vegetables, so drink with caution. This is one of Gerald's absolute favorites, and he has never had a bad reaction to it. It also gives him a full serving of vegetables in every serving, along with the benefits they contain.

Hansen's Natural Cane Soda (Mandarin Lime, 12-Ounce Cans, Pack of 24)
Hansen's Natural Cane Soda (Mandarin Lime, 12-Ounce Cans, Pack of 24)

SODA: Soda is a very hard item to shop for - you must avoid anything with corn syrup in it, and most sodas are loaded with it. Look for a drink that is sweetened with CANE SUGAR, like Hansen's or Sierra Mist Natural. (There's a small amount of naturally occurring sulfites in cane sugar; beet sugar is treated with sulfites.) One other warning: avoid brown-colored sodas. They contain caramel color, another sulfite culprit.

 

3. Condiments and Relishes

VINEGAR: Although some vinegars contain sulfites, rice vinegar is a good choice. :)

Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup, 15 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup, 15 Ounce (Pack of 12)

KETCHUP: My husband LOVES ketchup. The safest one we have found so far is Heinz Organic Ketchup. However, be warned that it does contain organic onion powder (no guarantee that it hasn't been sulfited) and Natural Flavors (which CAN contain dehydrated onion and/or garlic).

 
Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise, 64Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)
Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise, 64Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)

MAYONNAISE: Hellmann's and Best Foods are identical products. So far, no bad reactions from this mayonnaise. Be careful, though. It does, however, contain vinegar (What kind? Vinegar made from grapes is sulfited.), and Natural Flavors (which CAN contain dehydrated onion and/or garlic).

 
Heinz Dill Relish, 26 Ounce (Pack of 9)
Heinz Dill Relish, 26 Ounce (Pack of 9)

RELISH: This relish has been good so far. Be warned, though - it does contain dehydrated red peppers and Natural Flavoring (which CAN contain dehydrated onion and/or garlic).

Sweet relish very often contains corn syrup. Those that contain sugar will still contain vinegar. (There are sulfites in wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar, so be cautious.)

 

4. Dairy (and Non-Dairy) Products

Amazon doesn't sell a lot of dairy products online, for understandable reasons. :) So let me give you a basic rundown on dairy products that can be safe to eat.

CHEESE: All cheeses contain low levels of sulfite created naturally during the aging process. Each person must determine whether or not certain levels of cheese give them reactions. Gerald seems to be able to tolerate small amounts of mild cheese, UNLESS it is pre-shredded and packaged. Practically anything added to the shredded cheese to keep it from clumping together will cause a problem. So if you're going to try to eat cheese, take an extra couple of minutes and grate it yourself. :)

SOUR CREAM: Like cheese, sour cream contains low levels of sulfite created naturally during the aging process. These do not bother Gerald, as long as the sour cream is a brand with no added ingredients. We like DAISY brand, which contains only milk and cream.

YOGURT: Plain yogurt is free of sulfites unless corn starch and gelatin are added. Beware of flavored yogurts containing corn syrup or other dangerous sweeteners.

CREAM CHEESE: Cream cheese contains low levels of sulfite created naturally. Watch out, too, for added ingredients in flavored cream cheeses like onion and garlic powder, which could cause problems.

EGGS: Eggs naturally contain some sulfur. Although this bothers many people, so far Gerald is able to eat eggs with no problems.

5. Fruits and Vegetables

Remember that, at least in the United States, it is illegal for grocery stores to sell fresh produce that has been treated with sulfites. That's where your safest source of fruits and vegetables can be found.

Safe produce can also be found in the frozen food department, with the exception of frozen potatoes. Because potatoes so quickly turn brown, people are allowed to use sulfites on frozen french fries, frozen hash browns, etc. to keep them white. So be very careful!

Libby's Peaches Sliced In Pear juices Concentrate, 15-Ounces Cans (Pack of 12)
Libby's Peaches Sliced In Pear juices Concentrate, 15-Ounces Cans (Pack of 12)

FRUIT: It's pretty hard to find canned fruit that you can eat, because 99% of them are canned using corn syrup. Find fruit that is canned using fruit juice or sugar. Or can your own fresh fruit! Mmmm....

 
Libby's Naturals Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Libby's Naturals Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

VEGETABLES: It's pretty easy to find canned corn that has no corn syrup. But watch out for creamed corn, because it contains modified corn starch or modified food starch, two very dangerous ingredients for the sulfite-sensitive.

 

6. Gelatins

The e-book Headaches, Asthma, Fries and a Cola says this about sulfites and gelatin: "Gelatin is pure protein processed to promote the gelling of liquids. In other words, Jell-O. Most of the gelatin produced in the United States is made from pigskin, although cattle hide and bones are also used. The first step in making gelatin is a softening soak in sulfur dioxide and water. Why are we not surprised? Gelatin is used in many foods to build body and improve texture. Lowfat yogurts use lots of gelatin to make up for the missing milkfat. . . . An alternative to gelatin is fruit pectin. In the past, some forms of pectin were preserved with sulfites; however, today all forms are sulfite free."

Ball RealFruitTM Classic Pectin - Flex Batch 4.7 oz.
Ball RealFruitTM Classic Pectin - Flex Batch 4.7 oz.

Today, all forms of fruit pectin are sulfite free. So go ahead and create some delicious home-made jams and jellies using fresh fruit and pure cane sugar. :)

 

7. Grain Products and Pasta

Plain pasta is seldom a problem, but pasta sauce is. Besides the commonly included dehydrated onion and garlic, some contain cornstarch, modified food starch, modified corn starch, and so on. This is especially true in things like Alfredo or cheese sauces.

Barilla Tomato and Basil, 24-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Barilla Tomato and Basil, 24-Ounce (Pack of 6)

SPAGHETTI SAUCE: Barilla makes some of the only pasta sauces I've found that are safe for Gerald to eat - and their sauces are delicious! (But be sure to read labels - I haven't checked all of them out yet!)

 

8. Jams and Jellies

You wouldn't think it would be so hard to find jam made with sugar, would you? After all, when I was little and my mom made her own jam, she wouldn't have imagined she should make it with corn syrup! Look for jams and jellies made with SUGAR! (There's a small amount of naturally occurring sulfites in cane sugar; beet sugar is treated with sulfites.)

Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves, 13-Ounce Jars (Pack of 6)
Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves, 13-Ounce Jars (Pack of 6)

JAMS AND JELLIES: Hint: When looking for jams and jellies, you'll have the most success if you look for organic jams and jellies. Generally, they won't have preservatives in them, and are sweetened with sugar. (Be sure it's cane sugar - remember, beet sugar is treated with sulfites.)

 

9. Nuts, Nut Products, and Coconut

WATCH OUT FOR PEANUTS! They have some naturally occurring sulfites in them. The good news? The rest of the nuts are safe, as long as you are eating plain nuts without added sweeteners, etc. Read your labels!

Let's Do Organic Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut, 8-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)
Let's Do Organic Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut, 8-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)

COCONUT: There is a small amount of naturally-occurring sulfites in coconut. Most shredded coconut is sulfited to keep it white, but this product isn't. If you want to try to eat un-sulfited shredded coconut, please do it carefully.

 

10. Processed Fruit - Buy only fruit packed in its own or other fruit juices. Nothing else added. That's the safest. :)

Be careful - most processed fruit is sweetened with corn syrup - and fruit pie fillings are loaded with cornstarch.

Oregon Fruit Blueberries in Light Syrup, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 8)
Oregon Fruit Blueberries in Light Syrup, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 8)

PROCESSED FRUIT: Ingredients: blueberries, water, sugar. Beautiful! Beware of canned pie fillings, which are full of cornstarch to thicken them. If you want to thicken blueberries for pie, check your cookbook for how to thicken it with flour. I wish this product specified "cane sugar" - there's a small amount of naturally occurring sulfites in cane sugar, but beet sugar is sulfited to whiten it. When it just says "sugar," there's no way to know for sure which it is.

 

11. Processed Vegetables

CHILI: Be especially careful about food starches and cornstarch in canned chili. Gerald really enjoys Amy's Organic Chili.

Eden Organic Garbanzo Beans, No Salt Added, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Eden Organic Garbanzo Beans, No Salt Added, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

I was surprised to learn how many brands of garbanzo beans (chick peas) use sulfites to keep their beans white. Eden's beans have no sulfites, and in addition to being high in fiber, they are low in sodium. Nice.

 
Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes, Diced, 14.5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes, Diced, 14.5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

PROCESSED VEGETABLES: It's surprising how hard it can be to find canned tomatoes that are safe for those who are sulfite-sensitive. Another good one is 365 Organic Diced Tomatoes from Whole Foods.

 

12. Seafood

The e-book Headaches, Asthma, Fries and a Cola explains the many forms of sulfur preservatives and discusses the problems they can cause. It says this about seafood: "Sulfites are a preservative for fish. Theoretically, sulfited fish must carry a warning somewhere near the fish display, but I've never seen one. And, a sulfited fish has bitten me more than a few times, especially salmon. Whether declared or not, shrimp are almost always preserved with sulfites to prevent a black spotting fungus. Restaurants can further complicate matters by deep frying shrimp in a common vat with vegetables. The shrimp sulfites leak into the oil and contaminate the otherwise clean vegetables."

13. Snack Foods

POPCORN: Gerald is the original Popcorn Monster. He LOVES it! And he doesn't have to give it up because of sulfites. I'm so happy! We never buy microwave popcorn - we always use the air popper. Salt is our seasoning of choice - many fancier seasonings contain dehydrated onion and garlic.

Tostitos Brand Tortilla Chips, 100% White Corn Scoops, Family Size (Pack of 3)
Tostitos Brand Tortilla Chips, 100% White Corn Scoops, Family Size (Pack of 3)

SNACK FOODS: Corn, oil, and salt. Good snack. Un"flavored" tortilla chips are a great snack that you can find most anywhere.

But I have to make Gerald's dip at home - so far he reacts to every store-bought salsa.

 

14. Soups

Amy's Organic Soups, Low Fat Minestrone, 14.1 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Amy's Organic Soups, Low Fat Minestrone, 14.1 Ounce (Pack of 12)

This is one of the very few soups I would serve Gerald. It's much safer to make my own. Store-bought soups nearly always have dehydrated onion and/or garlic in them, as well as malto-dextrin, modified food starch, modified corn starch, and so on. Most store-bought soups will hurt my husband - mine will actually be good for him!

 

15. Sweet Toppings

You can safely enjoy honey and UNSULPHURED molasses. You can also enjoy pure maple syrup. (There's a tiny bit of naturally-occurring sulfites there, but not enough to bother most people.)

WATCH OUT, though, for MAPLE-FLAVORED SYRUP - it is nothing but corn syrup and some maple flavoring.

16. Meats

The e-book Headache, Asthma, Fries and a Cola says the following about sulfites and meat: "Sulfites are not allowed on red meat. Sodium bisulfite does such a good job of color fixing, that sulfited ground beef can be rotten and you can't tell by looking at it. For this reason, the FDA has an absolute prohibition against sulfites in meat. However, the rule doesn't apply to other ingredients that may be mixed into the meat. For instance, sausage may legally contain corn syrup, molasses, or wine."

That's why we really appreciate Safeway's new Open Nature brand. The Safeway web site carries this information:

"The OPEN NATURE promise:

* We believe ingredients should come from nature.

* We believe food should be made only with ingredients we are proud to share.

* We believe food should be simply prepared, the way you'd make it at home.

* We believe food should be made with a commitment to quality."

They keep that promise. And that's why we buy most of our bacon, hot dogs, and sausage at Safeway. These products are not only sulfite-free, they are also nitrate- and nitrite-free.

Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage, 13 ounces
Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage, 13 ounces

MEATS: Although we don't know exactly what they mean by "evaporated apples" and we don't know exactly what spices are included, we do know that Gerald has been able to eat these. (Please check ingredients carefully, because not all Aidells sausages are created alike.)

Something we like equally well are the Open Nature sausages available in Safeway. No sulfited ingredients, and no nitrates or nitrites. Just deliciousness. (Is that a word?)

 
Photo courtesy of Trippography and Creative Commons 2.0
Photo courtesy of Trippography and Creative Commons 2.0

What do you mean, there's MORE???

There's always more. Why? Because we're always learning. As I learn more about sulfite-containing products, I will post them HERE.

11/10/2011: Gerald loves to chew gum. But most gums contain some kind of corn sweetener. I was delighted to discover SPRY, a gum sweetened with the healthful sweetener called xylitol. We got the Green Tea flavor, because Gerald loves green tea. Terrific. Except that every time he chewed it, he got a reaction - long-term coughing and wheezing. A little research on the innocent-sounding ingredient VEGETABLE GLYCERIN yielded this information from eHow.com:

"Some vegetable glycerin products contain preservatives that are added to extend their shelf lives. Sulfite preservatives (compounds of oxygen and sulfur in combination with sodium sulfite or potassium sulfite) are popularly used to maintain the freshness of vegetable glycerin products, including soaps, shampoos and lotions. They produce asthma-like allergic reactions in allergy-prone individuals, the symptoms of which include itching, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, shortness of breath and hives."

Read more: Vegetable Glycerin Dangers | eHow.com

This is a complex issue, and one that isn't easy to thoroughly cover in a Squidoo lens. But I have done extensive research, and if you have a question, there's a chance I'll have the answer. I'll do my best to answer or at least try to point you in the right direction to find those answers, okay?

Does living sulfite-free mean NO wine, ever?

It all depends. If you are VERY sensitive, maybe you will give up wine altogether. But if your sensitivity is not as great as Gerald's, pay close attention to this lesson on finding wine that you can drink. I warn you, it's a challenging proposition!

(Note: This video states that drinking beer is safe for people with sulfite sensitivity. This is not always true - do your research carefully.)

I appreciate your letting me share our experiences with you. It's been quite a journey, and if we can make that journey a little easier for the countless others who share this sensitivity, we will be content. Thank you.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @jessien36: It seems that there is some controversy about LEAP. I've read many good firsthand accounts of how it has helped people. Some professionals, however, do not give it much credibility. I'm really curious to look into it further. Thank you for bringing it to our attention! :)

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @jessien36: Very interesting! I'm looking into it. Thank you.

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      jessien36 3 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: There is a test for food sensitivities. Google LEAP. MRT

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      jessien36 3 years ago

      I was having reactions to foods and found out that I am sensitive to sulfurs. I had a lot of inflammation, weight fluctuation, bloating, and lower back pain, and a lot of other things. There is a test for food sensitivities! It is different from an allergy test. A food sensitivity causes things like: headaches, bloating, brain fog, being tired, joint pain, muscle pain, itchy ears, ringing in the ears, nausea, diarrhea, constipation..... there are so many different things that can happen. If you think you think you have food sensitives, find a dietician that will do LEAP with you. It is not appropriate for everyone but you should fill out a symptom profile that helps determine if it is appropriate for you. It has helped me tremendously! I'm still in the process but most of my symptoms are gone. Not only was I sensitive to sulfurs but I'm also sensitive to ginger, nitrates, raspberries, sunflower seeds, and a few other items.

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      Bunnyfart 3 years ago

      Joie ,

      Well all the blood tests came back Neg .yea. So looks like sulfites are the culprit šhît !!!!!!! Sulfites are in everything .

      Dr said next time I have a out break if I can make it to a lab while I have hives and systems she wants me to have my tryptase levels checked .but she also said it needs to be put on ice and tested right away .

      Still taking Zyrtec at night

      But would love to have a cookie but with soooooo many different kinds of sulfates

      I'm FREAKEN lost !!!!!!

      So many other names for sulfites

      Sulphite ammonia caramel E150d

      Caustic sulphite caramel E150b

      Sodium bisulphite (sodium hydrogen sulphite) E222

      Sodium sulphite E221

      Potassium metabisulphite E224

      Sodium metabisulphite E223

      Potassium sulphite E225

      Calcium hydrogen sulphite E227

      Calcium sulphite E226

      Potassium hydrogen sulphite E228

      Sulfur Dioxide (not a true sulfite, but chemically very close)

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @Bunnyfart: It's good that you're getting tested for allergies. This type of test detected two life-threatening allergies in my daughter, who is NOT sulfite-sensitive. On the other hand, Gerald, who IS sulfite-sensitive, passed these tests with flying colors. The doctor said that his reaction to sulfites was a sensitivity, not an allergy, and that there was no test for sensitivity. Be super alert to every reaction you have, and document everything. It could save your life.

      We do not know a lot about how they make medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter. I looked up Zyrtec, and found that it comes in several forms. My suggestion is that you do NOT buy the kind that comes in gelatin capsules. Gelatin contains sulfites.

      Thank you so much for keeping us posted! Hang in there! :)

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      nosulfites 3 years ago

      A week of discomfort, extraordinary breast pain, and brain fog. The culprit: Trader Joe's crystallized ginger with sulfites.

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      Bunnyfart 3 years ago

      Had blood work done the other day and they will be testing for things I never would think. like black beans love those. this too, garlic, bananas,beef,chicken ,nuts ,seafood,mold, etc I never had allergies to anything my 55 yrs .

      8 vials of blood .

      Dr told me to take Zytec every night ,and doing what she said and have Benadryl on hand .she mentioned the epi pen as well .

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      Bunnyfart 3 years ago

      @mugas1908: I have the same symptoms

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @Bunnyfart: You have our total sympathy and support! And congratulations on having a doctor who even considers that sulfites may be the culprit! Remember, too, that another sulfite transmitter may be the fumes from the traffic we drive in. My husband uses the air conditioner all year round to help protect himself from airborne sulfites. Take care, and let us know how you're doing, okay?

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      Bunnyfart 3 years ago

      OMG,

      Hives hands swell ,feet , lips swell ,coughing reflex started , vomiting and been racking my brain what I ate .this started 5 yrs ago and have been getting worse ever since . It happens at midnight , early morning and also driving in the car it happened at 2-3 in the morning driving ny to fl .

      Just had blood work done .dr thinks it is caused by sulfites .

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @DeborahDian: I'm glad you learned something. :) Maybe in the future you can help someone else who has the problem. Thank you so much for visiting!

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is really interesting! I had no idea that sulfite could be a problem.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @kimberlyann71: Excellent advice, kimberlyann. Thank you for your first-hand experience and helpful suggestions!

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      kimberlyann71 3 years ago

      Learning to eat "sulfite free" at first was a challenge and still causes me anxiety when going to new restaurants - Epi pen always within reach and pre Benadryl just Incase . I have found that on a dally basis eating as close to nature / preservative free as I can get, the better. The naturally occurring sulfites don't bother me, it's the added ones . Try heading to the organic sections of the grocery stores. This type of allergy just happens and doesn't necessarily have a reason for appearing..."it just is what it is and learn to live with it", is what allergist and doctors have told me . There is no "fix" , So for me , after many tears and periods denial, anger and grieving , I have accepted what is and now eat healthier than I ever did . Any new comers , read your labels.

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      mugas1908 3 years ago

      Stomach pain, nausea, massive hives, face looked burned, palm and soles of feet incredibly burning and itching, trouble breathing, BP dropped. Barely made it to hospital. A total mystery late in life (50's).Allergy tests provided no clues. Afraid to eat and attached to phone &epi pen 24/7 Detective work and research started. Everything on this site and more. Some foods like black tea have naturally occurring sulfites. Other thing I have become aware of is that a product may be labeled as having no sulfites added BUT producers may claim this in all honesty but some of the ingredients used from other sources may have previously added them to their product. What I have learned is be vigilant but not fearful, go out and enjoy life just be sure to keep your 2 epi pens and a phone with you even if you just go next door. Wear an alert bracelet. Sometimes even eating in a place you thought to be safe may change a supplier and not realize sulfites are in their product..this happened to me a place I had eaten at for years changed hands and even thought the menu was the same the ingredients had been altered

      I give thanks every day for paramedics in the ambulance service they don't get paid nearly enough for what they do.

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      Beth0810 3 years ago

      Apple Cider Vinegar has sulfites, as do instant mashed potatoes. So it's most likely that you reacted to the to those. The K-cups for tea don't have anything but tea leaves in them.

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      Beth0810 3 years ago

      Well, Apple Cider Vinegar has sulfites and so do instant mashed potatoes. As far as I can see, the Keurig tea that I have (twinings) contains only black tea, so that wouldn't be a problem. I'm guessing the double dose of sulfite from the instant potatoes and the ACV caused your reaction. Hope you figured it out by now.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @Susan Zutautas: Thank you, Susan! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Johanna Eisler: The bottles are labeled but there's no warning on them. Maybe I misunderstood what I'd read. After reading this again I did read it wrong. Sorry about that. I came back because I'd meant to pin your lens on my Pinterest board and will do that now.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @Susan Zutautas: Very interesting! Here in the US, the government requires that wines made with added sulfites be labeled: CONTAINS SULFITES. It surprises me that Canadian wine would not be labeled the same, because usually Canada is a little bit more vigilant about labeling sulfites. However, the specific wineries that made your wine may not have added sulfites to their product. If so, bravo for them!

      Now you've got me curious, lol! Next time we head north to visit our family in Canada, I'll be checking wine labels for sure! Thanks for visiting!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      No I don't think so, and I don't think I've ever seen any warnings on a bottle of wine either. I just went and looked at 2 bottles at wine I have here and there is no mention of sulfite at all. Mind you the wine is made in Ontario Canada and I'm wondering if that is the reason for no warning.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      @Eatfreshfoods: I'm so sorry you've been experiencing such severe reactions!

      I've learned that peanuts are the only nuts that contain naturally-occurring sulfites. Which is pretty crummy if you love peanut butter! Almond butter is also delicious, though. ;)

      My first guess as far as your most recent reaction would be the potatoes. (from the container - what container?) Potatoes can be very dangerous. If you didn't make them yourself from scratch, they're probably the culprits. There could be other reasons, but that's my first guess. It's also possible that it could be a combination of several things that just added up to more than your body could handle. Be careful. Be safe. Thank you for coming!

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      Eatfreshfoods 3 years ago

      I've had allergic reactions to wine and blood pressure meds with sulfites. The wine made me wheeze and cough and the meds made me itch badly. I then realized that if I took an allergy pill I could drink a glass of wine, but decided that's a bad idea. I recently found out I was severely allergic to a pain medication with sulfites and skippy peanut butter. I'm not realizing I'm allergic to more and more each day. I had a reaction this morning and I'm not sure what it was; the mashed potatoes from the container or the apple cider vinegar I madd with the salad or the tea from the kcup. Not sure but it was horrible my heart rate went up and I felt like fainting, my tongue swelled and throat felt tight, it's scary.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      How right you are! My dream is to live in a world where everyone has their own garden with beautiful organic food to eat all the time. Or at least where everyone has access to and can afford healthy, non-poisoned food. Wouldn't that just be paradise?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i broke out in hives once, just slept it off...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: Thank you! It's somewhat comforting to know that I'm not the only one dealing with this.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're making positive changes, Patti! Good for you! Keep up the good work!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Mandy, for posting your most enlightening experience! How frustrating for you to be limited in your food choices - and even more frustrating not to have your doctors recognize or even consider what the source of your problems could be! Fortunately, my husband's first visits to an allergist eliminated all the other possibilities, and the doctor agreed with our "diagnosis." It's so encouraging to hear that you are almost back to full health, and we wish all the best for you.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I can't tell you how incredibly impressed I am with your positive attitude, Kimberly! My husband and I each carry an Epi-pen. If he become incapacitated, hopefully I will be with him to grab mine out of my purse and help him until I can get him to a hospital. But although we try to be prepared for the worst, we try to focus on the positive and enjoy the life we have been given.Thank you for your encouraging comment!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I still don't understand how this goes on without the public being informed about it. How many people are terribly sick without ever knowing the reason why? I'm so glad you finally were able to pinpoint one of the sources of your problems, and I hope you are now enjoying a more pain-free life.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have suffered from severe migraines since childhood and never knew when one was coming. In my 20s it could be daily. I now know that some of my worst reactions would occur after eating scallops. Since the migraine could begin 8-12 hours after eating them I never pinpointed the cause until into my 40s. After studying up on this it is apparent that the scallops were dunked in sulfites while on the trawlers and this is never disclosed at the fish counters. Unbelievable! Years of suffering that could have been avoided.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Over the last year I have had symptoms ranging from tingling in my nose accompanied by hives to chest tightness, shortness of breath, and palpitations. I finally narrowed it to sulfites. I now have to carry an Epi-pen, Benadryl, and Tagament everywhere with me, just in case. Sulfites of any form cause these reactions depending on the amount. Learning to live "sulfite free" is very difficult, but I'm figuring out through trial and error, can be done. I have stopped feeling sorry for myself, for the most part, and one day at a time, I'm taking my life back.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All started with hair color reaction then frozen seafood. I now am becoming sensitive to more and more foods so am trying to eat fresh and organic. My symptoms are rapid heart rate and difficulty breathing!! Benadryl is always with me!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I am very happy to hear that your daughter is doing so well. I am amazed at how quickly I improved after removing sulphites.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am 54 and for the last 8 months, until I discovered the cause, suffered extreme, severe and debilitating symptoms affecting my sinuses, nose, ears and breathing.

      I work on an island which is an "A" class reserve and quarantined, therefore the food provided comes in under strict conditions. Most of the raw is prepared in Perth and transported to the island. Unfortunately it is treated with sulphites so it lasts until it is consumed by the contractors resident on the island.

      I have never had a problem with allergies before and was unaware that the food I was now eating had been treated.

      I developed symptoms within the first week there and got steadily worse over the ensuing months. I saw several Dr's who all said oh its allergies have some cortisone! And the ENT specialist said oh its allergies have an operation!!

      Each course of cortisone subdued the symptoms but then they returned worse than before. I have listed over 40 symptoms associated with my allergies and I had a couple of 'events' lasting up to 12 hours where I felt that I could suffer an anaphylactic reaction. Some symptoms include constant mucus production and blocked nose, wet ears, screeching scratching popping noises in my ears, extreme pressure in the ears, loss of sense of smell, taste, loss of balance and appetite, hours of coughing wheezing and several other debilitating symptoms.

      Fortunately I put 2 and 2 together before my operation and eliminated the food with the sulphites added. I kept a diary of all the food I ate, any reactions and my 'miraculous' healing.

      Both my Dr and the workplace Dr are very dubious about my claim that my illness was caused by the sulphites in the food at work and both used the word 'coincidence'. Typical!!

      I am now almost back to full health. I have noticed I am now sensitive to sulphites in foods (beer!) where I wasn't before so I am careful with what I eat (and drink!).

      I am rather outraged by the almost denial of the medical practitioners and while I would never wish my experience on anyone I think they need an experience of their own to open their eyes and give them the courage to step out of the 'lamestream' and admit the truth.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow, Miriam. You've been through so much! You're at the really difficult stage of this problem now - trying to figure out what you can eat, when so many of your former foods are now off limits. Try not to be discouraged. The longer you work at it, the easier it will become. I promise. We wish you all the best. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had to go through a lot of tests i.e ultrasound,colonoscopy and finally a CT scan after numerous really excruciating stomach attacks,they all come back fine(thank God) but it was alwful not knowing what was ailing me,ave had three c-sections and and an appendectomy so I thought something had happened to my insides due to so many surgaries.I don't eat any canned foods or frozen ready foods except veggies and barely drink wine or coffee,when I did occasionally I'd get sick so I stopped,tea also started causing havoc so I stopped that,however I did drink some Kenyan tea that my mom had sent for me and didn't get a reaction,that was when I figured I was allergic to sulphites as everything that made me sick had it in them!-I recently had to give up my favourite grain bread but I guess that's life!!-My doctor is looking for a specialist for me so I can be "officially" tested!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      that is exactly the same as my symptoms!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for the excellent point about knowing how much sulfite each food contains. I've been meaning to post a chart for everyone so that they can manage their sensitivity better. Now you have me seriously working on it, and you should see it appear here very soon. I wish you all the best!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My reaction is a little unusual. A year ago I suddenly started getting bloated with horrible intestinal pain after every meal. Seemingly anything I ate made me feel - and look - like there was a watermelon growing in my intestines. I was reduced to eating very small meals, else I'd end up confined to the couch by evening. IBS meds didn't help, multiple gastrointestinal tests were negative, celiac was negative. I finally started keeping a food diary and discovered that sulfite was the culprit. It was hard to pinpoint due to the proliferation of hidden/undeclared sulfites in our food supply, and also with my symptoms one "overdose" of sulfite cased repeat symptoms every time I ate for up to 3 days following. I've found that dealing with a food sensitivity/intolerance is a numbers game, about knowing how much of the offending substance will put you over the edge, and knowing how much of the substance each food contains. I can handle a little parmesean cheese, for example, but a glass wine or a few dried apricots will put me over.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Becky, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. You have been through so much! But you have succeeded in discovering the problem and dealing with it. More than just loving and nurturing, you have probably saved your daughter's life. I cannot praise you enough!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My daughter is severely allergic to sulphites (at risk of anaphylaxis). Having been a supersize baby as soon as she was being weaned she stopped growing. After years of invasive testing for coeliac and various allergies I linked her reactions to my husbands much milder response to foods/alcohol with sulphites in (headaches, reflux, wheezing). She is now natural/chemical sulphites and egg free (yolks have high levels of sulphites) and is thriving.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      No, can't say I ever had one

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sulfite makes me itch all over. I need two or three Benadryl to stop the itching

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree. It totally stinks.

      Once a week, my daughter and her husband come over for dinner. I have to prepare a meal that is gluten-free, sulfite-free, and diabetic friendly. At first, it seemed nearly impossible . . . and now it's easy.

      I hope this is encouraging - it WILL become easier. Hang in there! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have this reaction anytime i drink or eat something with sulfites. i have celiac so at first i thought i accidentally been gluten-ed but then linked it to the wine later on. totally stinks and is a scary feeling. :(

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I didn't know but after reading this, I think I need to be careful.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Reading labels isn't much fun - how I miss the days of 'grab and go'! But it's a fact of life now, and the longer I do it, the easier it gets. I wish you all the best, and as little pain as possible! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I never paid much attention, but every time I have a glass of red wine the pain in my feet gets unbearable.

      Have Neuropathy and the sulfites really make it so much more painful. I'm lucky that I was able to find this out by process of elimination, have to read labels now.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @beeingwell: Thank you so much for sharing our story with others that may be helped by it! :)

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      beeingwell 4 years ago

      I can't say I've had a reaction but I want to commend you on a very investigative and well written lens. This is information I'm passing along right now!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It's good to try to find remedies that don't contain sulfites. :) Thank you very much for your input!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Look1433: There are non-medical resmedies when catching a cold or for pain. It's good to have a naturapath, but online you can find solutions. Dr. Mercola has a good site. For a cold, nip it in the bud with 3000 mg. of vitamin C, one zinc tab, and a B complex capsule, plus 8 to 12 glasses of water daily. For pain, try comfrey root or PA free butterbur. For joint pain, take natural anti-inflamatories such as boswellia, turmeric, or in between meals try bromelain. Well worth the research so as to avoid the side effects of drugs.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @happynutritionist: You're very wise to be so careful. Listening to your body's reactions to things is vitally important.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You make a good point, Sue. I need to add a section here on warnings about going to the dentist. Many numbing agents that the dentists use contain sulfites. Thank you for warning us!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: Be careful about that .. I started as just having issues with wine and avoiding it .. I was fine for many years then I was injected with numbing agents that had sulfites in them twice and I had major reaction and became majorly sensitive. So even if it is minor now be careful because it can get worse over time and all it takes in that final straw to change your life permanently.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Yes...I used to be able to drink wine with no problem, but now can't drink any with added sulfites. All wine has sulfites, but I have no trouble if it is what is naturally on grapes. Flushing and then bad heart palpitations are my usual reaction. If ANYTHING makes my tongue or roof of mouth feel strange, I don't finish eating or drinking it. It's a great way to determine sensitivity for me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ears actually turn purple! facial flushing and sometimes i have difficulty drawing a breath.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much, Anna. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: Thanks you, yes I pick up on that when I tried anything after I read the labels I realized it was the cornstarch, today I tried newmans owns organic green tea so far so good, not sure if there black tea is ok one at a time. Great sight

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @Look1433: This is an area that I have not researched thoroughly, but the same principles hold true. Be extremely diligent in reading ingredients, watching out for ingredients like sodium metabisulfite or any starch (very often they are cornstarch).

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      Look1433 4 years ago

      I have sulfites reactions and I'm eating almost everything organic and it's not easy but I am finding more to eat because of the new organic foods coming out, I have a question about medications that have sulfites in them, does anyone know what we can take, I am not sure what to take if I need a painkiller or catch a cold.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: I have emails in to Trader Joe's and Safeway. I'll let you know what they say. Wouldn't it be ironic if unorganic vegetables had less sulfites.....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: i also had a bad reaction to raw beetroot grated on a salad.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I honestly don't know. I assume they buy their organic vegetables from a variety of sources, which would make it even more difficult to find out. I know that it is illegal to spray them with sulfites after they are grown.

      The only one I know about for sure is that grapes (a fruit, not a vegetable) are regularly sprayed during the growing season. My husband commutes through the Napa Valley and has to take special precautions so that he is affected the least amount possible on those days.

      I wish I could be more helpful. If you learn anything about this, please let us know. :) Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Do you know if Trader Joe's sprays its fresh organic vegetables with sulphur when they grow them? I thought I was being so good being organic until I learned that sulphur is one of the chemicals you can spray on growing vegetables and still have it be called organic..... Thank you......

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I've wondered the same thing. :) There are many theories about sulfite sensitivity, but we have only our own experience to go by. Thank you for the thought-provoking question.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was reading this article about aspartame which brings me to this question. Do you think that sufites accumulate in your body? That if perhaps you eat/drink/breathe too many of them that they stay in your body and little by little as they accumulate you become more sensitive?

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I've not heard of it before!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for mentioning this shampoo, toothpaste and soaps. ALSO make up, hair dye, and many lotions. I learned about a year ago after a trip to the ER and then my allergist that sulfates/sulfites are the culprit. I have to admit a great deal of denial and many reactions since I am learning that reading labels and asking questions is vital.....I am so happy to have found this site. Keep up the great work!!!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow, Organic Sulfite Free Girl! I'm glad you're still alive, too!

      I'll try to address your comments and questions in order. Bear with me - remember, I am NOT an expert on these matters. We are continually learning more. :)

      1) The pork episode can be a combination of problems. First, even organic pork has naturally occurring sulfites in it. It's not a terribly high percentage, but some very sensitive people react to it. Second, garlic has some naturally occurring sulfites. To make it worse, when people make garlic salt and garlic powder, they want the product to be nice and white, so they bleach it with what? Sulfites, of course. The Montreal steak seasoning also contains garlic, probably in a sulfited form, although the ingredient list may only say "garlic." I am not certain that the other spices were sulfited.

      2) Is it worse if you breathe in the sulfites? Here's an example: My husband is a commuter. For many years he has commuted through the beautiful Napa Valley. (I'm also a California girl!) During the grape-growing season, the vineyards are regularly treated with sulfur sprays to control powdery mildew. I truly believe all those years of exposure have taken their toll and helped to create the sensitivity he now experiences. Now when he drives to and from work, he does so with the air conditioniong on, using only recirculated air - otherwise, he gets the same reactions as he does when he drinks wine: numbness, throat swelling, wheezing, and coughing. And that's just from breathing.

      3) Fish and seafood with sulfites include canned clams, all types of shrimp, frozen lobster, scallops and dried cod. The reason? Many shellfish are treated, BEFORE they are transported to the processing plant, with sodium metabisulfite to prevent melanosis or "black spot." Your doctor's advice was good.

      We're happy you found us and truly appreciate your sharing your experience with us. We wish you all the best!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      (California. USA) I've been having a reaction for a few years to sulfites but it has gotten worse. I read somewhere that other than children with asthma most people don't develop sulfite sensitivity until they are in their 40s or 50s. Mine started when I was 50. At first I would just turn red, and then it got where I would turn red and get really tired. Finally I got so tired I thought something was wrong with me and my aunt said, "If you have this problem with wine, and shrimp, I think you might have a sulfite sensitivity." So, we looked up all the foods I had reactions to and most were high in sulfites. After I stopped eating/drinking sulfites, I couldn't believe how much energy I had and my shoulder stopped hurting. I do think the joint pain had to do with the sulfites.

      Last week I bought 100 percent natural pork and my brother said he would cook it. I wasn't paying any attention to what he put on it. I stood by talking while he cooked it - so the sulfite fumes were in the air - and then we sat down to eat and as soon as I put the meat into my mouth I thought I was choking and my saliva glands were going crazy.... It happened so fast. Finally he said, "Can you talk?" And we realized I wasn't choking my throat was swelling. I have an EpiPen a doctor gave me because of seafood. I couldn't find it so I took two Benadryl and tried to relax. It helped and I normalized without medical treatment. (By the way, what he put on the pork was garlic salt and some kind of Montreal steak seasoning. Neither were organic. Someone said that they really sulfinate spices. Is this true?) And, is it true it's worse if you breathe in the sulfites? I know the doctor said that I shouldn't be anywhere near where they are cooking seafood.

      As I'm also allergic to antibiotics my family made sure I got a Medical Alert bracelet that states I'm allergic to penicillin, sulfa drugs, sulfites and seafood. (I'm not sure I'm actually allergic to seafood. It could just be the sulfties they put on it.) I'm glad to be alive and have gone 100 percent organic. As far as I know, sulfites - as well as antibiotics and steroids - cannot be used on organic meats and foods. I'm glad my anaphylaxis was mild. I'm glad to be alive. That was really scary.... Now, I have my Medical Alert bracelet and have my EpiPen in my purse. I think it was an Australian blog I saw that said after you have had such a reaction to only eat food if you have your EpiPen with you. I think it's a good idea because this happened so fast...

      Thank you for this blog. I'd love to share my research. It's nice to know I'm not alone.....

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @coffeemad lm: Thank you, coffeemad. Of course, we don't want anything to be wrong with us that drastically changes our lives, but if something is affecting us seriously, we need to be able to identify the problem. If this lens happens to put you on the right track in your search for a solution, we'll be so glad we decided to share our experience. In any case, we wish much success to you and your wife. Please give her our best. :)

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      coffeemad lm 5 years ago

      Not me as far as I can tell, but my wife. This lens has made me think about the possibility of her reaction being attributed to sul'ph'ites, i'm British :)

      We were sharing a bottle beer (sophisticated huh?) and about half an hour later her lip started to swell considerably. The odd thing was, it was just one side. Then she broke out in Hives, that hasn't happened in a long time.

      Since then she has had a few hive break outs and we have not been able to attribute it to any one thing, particularly as it has happened in the morning - I have to say, she doesn't drink beer in the morning :) Antihistamines work well to counter this, which makes me think sulphites are a possible cause as they too can trigger histamine related problems.

      Now I need to go check all the labels again - thanks! :)

      Great Lens!!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Cherry, I'm so delighted that you came, and even more delighted that you added some very insightful comments. You're right about white wine being higher in sulfites than red. Another thing I have learned is that sulfites (also known as sulfur dioxide or SO2) is commonly used in most wineries to clean their fermentation tanks, equipment, hoses, valves and other process hardware.

      It is wonderful that in the future European regulations will require products to be labeled accurately! I hope the rest of the world follows suit. Thank you for the reminder about the chemical names and E-numbers. I've been meaning to include them here, but I needed a little nudge! :)

      I will be adding more information about wine soon. There is actually a wine that Gerald can drink now - although he's trying it out very cautiously. I'll include information on that when I add a module specifically about wine.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Desires, you can't be allergic to sulfur itself as the mineral is an essential part of our own body tissues. Sulfites are one form of it; another form that causes allergies is sulfonamides, which are used in some drugs including antibiotics.

      I've had a potentially fatal allergy to sulfonamides since childhood, but only developed the sulfite intolerance recently. So it seems there is a connection, however you don't need to worry about plain sulfur: you'd die without it.

      I'm sorry you're suffering from many allergies. Such a nuisance!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm British so I call them sulphites :D I've been a wine-lover all my life but had to give it up a year and a half ago, due to a violent reaction (really painful stomach cramps, projectile vomiting, delightful). Some of your followers need to know there are more sulphites in white wine than red - they're a bleaching agent. Or colour stabiliser, as they prefer to be known.

      Over here, sulphites are used in fewer foods than in the US but they're still prevalent in sausages, potato crisps (chips) and shelf-stable drinks made with fruit. This is a pity, as I can't drink cider now! Some beers are OK, but you have to check whether they're 'cleared' by filtration. If it doesn't say so on the pack, it's probably been cleared with sulphur dioxide which will make you poorly. All very bad news for a happy drinker like myself ...

      I've tried drinking very expensive red wine, which has fewer sulphites. Sadly, I was still sick afterwards but Gerald might be okay with wine from a small family vineyard.

      European regulations are being tightened up so that all foods will have to state whether sulphites have been used in the manufacture. During this transition phase, check the Wikipedia page for the chemical names and E-numbers to watch out for.

      I've bookmarked your site, Joie; thank you for your positive and interested approach!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: So happy to see your beautiful angel face again! Your visits are so encouraging!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Just stopping by again to sprinkle a bit of angel dust your way. This is such an important subject!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow, Laurie! What a close call! I'm so proud of you for the work you put into preparing all your own food from scratch. It's no easy task, I know.

      It's really wonderful that you are willing to share your experience. It really helps people realize the seriousness of the problem. Thank you so much.

      Thank you, too for your input about toothpaste, soaps and shampoos. I'll be doing additional research to make sure these items are addressed.

      Keep taking good care of yourself! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was eating baked chicken with Saucy Susan apricot sauce glaze. The last thing I remember eating was a large chunk of apricot. Suddenly my nose started to itch terribly. I thought it was odd but I wasn't concerned. Then it felt my throat closed up, or my lungs were paralyzed. I had to really force myself to breath and even when I did that it felt like I was breathing through one of those thin mixing straws that they put in alcoholic drinks. It was so scary. i made my kids call the ambulance and at the hospital they told me it was an allergy to sulfites. I do, or did have asthma and the doctor told me that I had a severe life threatening asthma attack. I've never had an attack that bed ever or since. I cook from scratch now because sulfites are in just about everything, and I haven't had any asthmatic symptoms since I've started cooking from scratch.

      Be careful of toothpaste, soaps and shampoos. They are full of sulfites.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Good for you! Knowledge is power.

      I'm sorry to hear about your reactions, but glad you have a positive attitude about figuring out what's going on. As far as inheriting an allergy or sensitivity, I believe it's entirely possible. I inherited my mother's nearsighted eyes and my father's low blood sugar. Weaknesses and sensitivities can definitely run in families.

      Thank you so much for sharing! I wish you much success in your research!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I recently started trying red wine. I tried so a couple nights ago and woke up with a numb throat, a light headache and my allergies might have been a little more haywire than usual. So I checked the ingredients on the back of the bottle (I really don't have any food allergens, it's everything else I have to worry about) and the only one that, stood out, was sulfites. I know my grandmother is allergic to sulfur. Could it have been passed down??

      So I waited a few days and tried a glass of red wine last night. I still woke up with my throat feeling eerie of numbness I guess, and now I'm online doing my research.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Interesting! Many bacons have sulfited ingredients. I'm a little puzzled about the beets. Fresh beets should not have been sulfited. But canned or pickled beets could easily have sulfited ingredients. I admire you for noticing which products are causing your difficulties. Thank you for commenting. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Red wine causes me to have stuffy nose and difficulty breathing. The same for red beets and certain cured bacon.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @peitas1: Sulfites may not be the only culprit, but it's a great place to start. Hang in there! Here's hoping you find some answers soon!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @peitas1: I'm proud of you. It's a huge challenge and can feel quite daunting, but you're doing it for an excellent reason - YOU! I wish you much endurance, many successes, and a happier life!

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      peitas1 5 years ago

      today i begin my journey,all labels in stock cupboard and freezer being studied!!

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      peitas1 5 years ago

      i have so many food intolerences,and really think sulfites could be the common denominater,it is usually in the form of a bloated tummy,severe indigestion,hives,it all kicked off when i started to drink wine,but cartons of orange juice have the same result,also i am lactose intolerant.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You're very welcome! We're so glad you came. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting I never knew about this. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: When visiting a winery I was informed that very young wine and very old wine are safer because young wine hasn't formed sulphites and very old has had its sulphite level drop. Can anyone confirm this? I am itching all the time and figured it must be additives because most reactions come after dinner out or packaged food mixes/spice. This forum has me convinced my migraine (suspected this from the wine reaction) AND the itching are both from sulphites. Thanks for the info!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: I really wonder how many of us are sensitive to sulfites and don't know it. We usually only hear about the severe reactions, but sulfite sensitivity can range from slight to life-threatening.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'm sure that I am a bit allergic to sulfites. I do have an immediate reaction to wine. It doesn't take much for my face to light up like a beacon.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @Millionairemomma: Thank you, Millionairemomma. We're happy you came for a visit. :)

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Very interesting.....this lens introduced the topic to me. Excellent job.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm sorry it took so long for me to reply. This was new to me. In researching it, however, I learned a lot about toe and foot cramps - and that the reasons for it are many. One reason is dehydration, and alcohol consumption contributes to that. Other reasons include deficiencies in important minerals and vitamins. (See http://www.livestrong.com/article/484304-what-defi... So far, I haven't found a connection between toe cramps and sulfites. It's important for you to see a doctor to diagnose the reason for YOUR toe cramps.

      It's not always easy to find out if you have a reaction to sulfites. Here is a link to a list of possible symptoms that may help you: http://www.freemd.com/sulfite-sensitivity/symptoms... I hope this helps you, and I wish you all the best! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi....i have a problem im almost sure its sulfite related....when i drink a few glasses of red wine the next day i get a cramp in my second toe...it sounds silly but its like a vice tightening on it for a couple of hours....anyone have the same id like to no....how do you find out if you have a reaction to sulfites