Sulfite Food Allergies

Many of the foods we buy contain sulfides, additives designed to preserve and prevent discoloration. Sulfides are typically added to dehydrated foods, some canned foods such as tuna, and some frozen foods. Anyone who suffers from unexplained allergic symptoms may be sulfite-sensitive. Sulfite allergies can create a wide variety of reactions in certain individuals. The most common symptoms of sulfite sensitivity include dizziness, hot flashes, runny nose, headaches, stomach cramps, and irritability. The symptoms of a sulfite reaction usually occur soon after consumption. If you experience any of these or other symptoms, check for sulfite content. If you suffer from severe allergic reactions or asthma, sulfites can pose a significant risk to your health and may cause you to go into labored breathing or even anaphylactic shock. Foods that commonly contain sulfites include canned sea food, dried fish, fresh shell fish, shrimp, scallops, oysters, and lobster. Sulfites can be listed on a product label as potassium bisulfite, sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite, sulfur dioxide, or any ingredient that ends in sulfite. Make sure to get into the habit of checking ingredient labels. Ask your pharmacist about this home test kit. For more information write to: Sulfitest Center Laboratories, 35 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050, or call (800) 645-6335.

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