Sulfite and Sulfur Dioxide Food Allergy, Sensitivity and Intolerance
Like 3 million other Americans, I am sensitive to sulfite preservatives and sulfur dioxide in foods and prescription drugs. Sulfites give me headaches that last for 24 hours, though the most commonly reported symptom is asthma. In 1986, the FDA banned sulfites for use on salad bars after dozens of people died from anaphylactic shock. Today, salad bars are safe but the rest of the food supply still contains sulfur preservatives. And every day, the use of sulfur grows as American food habits evolve. Sulfites and sulfur dioxide are most noticeable in wine, dried fruit, sulfa drugs, instant potatoes, french fries, pizza and lemon juice concentrate. But they are also hidden in hundreds of ingredients like corn syrup and gelatin which find their way into thousands of foods. Because sulfite preservatives cause me so much trouble, I call them the Brimstone Demons. If you suffer from asthma, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, G6PD deficiency, headache, heart arrhythmia, hives, irritable bowel, lupus, rosacea, swelling or other allergic symptoms, perhaps the Brimstone Demons are causing trouble in your life. To help with this problem, I have written a short book titled Headaches, Asthma, Fries and a Cola. To read the free book, click No Sulfites eBook on the menu above. If you are in a hurry, the menu pick Where to Now? contains a quick overview and a list of problem foods and additives you need to avoid. After selecting from the menu, each page ends with an arrow in the shape of a cola bottle. Click the Next arrow to continue to the next topic or the Home arrow to return to this page.
Sulfite allergy websites come in
three flavors: pages written
by doctors, by wine promoters and by sulfite sufferers. Doctors will
you all about the human immune system and how it is responsible for our
allergies, including sulfite and sulfa allergy. It's a fascinating
and you should research these sites to expand your knowledge base and
learn how the medical establishment views sulfite intolerance.
most of these doctors aren't sensitive to sulfites themselves and the
they can do is offer the advice "avoid sulfites." Of course, that's
advice - it's just very hard to do. Wine promoters are interested in
the details of wine making and are particularly touchy about the bad
associated with sulfites. Sulfites occur naturally during the
of grape wines and additional sulfites are added at various stages to
unwanted fermentation. It is very difficult to make wine without
and virtually impossible to age it for any length of time. So, wine
get very agitated when sulfites are blamed for health problems,
that such criticism taints their beverage of choice. For instance, it
very common for wine websites to claim that sulfites do not cause
They prefer to blame this side effect on histamines, grape protein
alcohol and even over-indulgence. Now, I get headaches from sodium
dissolved in distilled water. I wonder how they explain that? Finally,
are websites written by people that actually suffer from sulfites.
they give good, personal advice that can help you to navigate these
waters. I am such a person and the information on this site allows me
live a relatively normal life even though I am sensitive to only a few
micrograms of the Brimstone Demons.