Sulfites: The Harmful Hidden Ingedient

Sulfites are a preservative found in many different types of food and drink. In our office, we see sulfite sensitivities quite frequently, and most of the time, the patients have never even heard of sulfites, much less actively tried to avoid them. If you have a sensitivity to sulfites, consuming them can lead to symptoms such as migraines, headaches, upset stomach, heartburn, intestinal pain, anxiety, and depression. Even if you do not have a sulfite sensitivity, a buildup of sulfites can lead to disease and dysfunction in the body.

In order to avoid consuming these damaging chemicals, it is always important to read labels to make sure “sulfites” or any derivative of sulfites is not listed on the package. You should also be wary of “natural flavors” when listed as an ingredient as well because, technically, sulfites are a “natural” product and can legally be covered by the “natural flavors” name. Following are some common derivatives of sulfites, where they are commonly found, and some alternatives you can use in order to lead a healthier, cleaner life!

Some common forms of Sulfites/Sulfates:

  • Sulfur Dioxide, Sulfurous Acid

  • Sodium and Potassium Metabisulfite

  • Sodium and Potassium Bisulfite

  • Sodium and Potassium and Calcium Sulfite

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfite/Sulfate

Here is a list of common foods and products that contain Sulfites/Sulfates:

  • Dried Fruits, Fruit toppings

  • Instant potatoes

  • Grape juice (white, sparkling white, pink, red)

  • Prepared gravies and sauces

  • Bottled lemon and lime juice (“Real” Lemon/Lime)

  • Maraschino cherries

  • Molasses

  • Sauerkraut

  • Wine

  • Balsamic/red wine vinegar and dressing

  • White bread/rolls

  • Sundried tomatoes

  • Soft candies (Twizzlers, gummies, etc.)

  • Shampoo, body wash, hand soaps, detergent

  • Toothpaste

Safe Alternatives:

  • Always freshly prepared foods

  • Unsulfured molasses

  • Dark raisins, prunes, and unsulfured dried fruit

  • Fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice

  • Silverfloss Sauerkraut, or an organic brand

  • Any wines labeled with “no detectible sulfites” Frey Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Table Red, and Our Daily Red (Organic doesn’t always mean sulfite free)

  • Apple cider vinegar, white vinegar and organic balsamic

  • Fresh baked bread/rolls, also frozen like Ezekiel

  • Organic gummies, “Unreal” brand candies

  • Tate’s shampoo/conditioner (available at our office)

  • Melaleuca laundry detergent (available at our office)

  • Tate’s Toothpaste (available at our office)

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