Sulfite Allergies Are Serious
Add sulfites to the long list of substances a person with allergies or asthma may want to avoid. Sulfites are salts used for preserving processed foods.
Sulfite sensitivity occurs in about 5 percent of adult asthmatics or approximately 500,000 people. The symptoms include hives, itching, flushing, tingling, nausea, and asthmatic symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. In rare cases, shock, heavy sweating, and loss of consciousness may occur. Sulfite sensitivity is more common in people who take steroids for their asthma.
If you have a sulfite sensitivity, some foods to avoid include:
- Pickled products
- Dried fruit (except dark raisins and prunes)
- Lemon juice and lime juice (nonfrozen)
- Sauerkraut juice
- Wine vinegar
- Maraschino cherries
- Processed meats
Source: Journal of the American College of Nutrition (14,3:229)
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