Sulphites in Food: Risks and How to Spot Them on Labels

Sulphites in Food: Risks and How to Spot Them on Labels


How many times have you found yourself reading
the labels of what you are buying at the market? We know that many people don’t have the habit
of reading labels to see what ingredients are used in the foods they eat. But it needs to change! Once you start paying attention to the labels
of what you consume, you will value those foods that don’t need any labels. The result will be a healthier life for you. Have you noticed how much sulphite is present
in your diet? Sulphites are largely used in the food industry
as preservers and antioxidants, and are classified as “food additives”. When used, it must be declared on the label
in this way: preserver and name/number of the additive. They are formed naturally in some foods and
drinks as a result of fermentation, as in the case with beer and wine. Sometimes, wine producers use sulphur dioxide
(which, in contact with alkaline solutions, produces sulphites) to preserve the wine. The use of sulphites in most countries usually
follows the recommendations of JEFCA, being limited by specific legislations that are
established based on use safety and technological necessity. The daily acceptable ingestion of sulphite,
according to JEFCA’s recommendation, is 0,7mg/kg. So, if you weigh 70kg, you can ingest up to
49mg of sulphite per day. However, it may be hard to control this amount
since sulphites can be present in fruits, vegetables and greens, refined sugar, and
vinegar. You can also find sulphite in natural juices,
jams, frozen fries, frozen shrimp and lobster, mushrooms, dried fruits, meats, wines, beers,
etc. What happens when we ingest more than the
recommended amount of sulphite? You know that feeling of heavy head, when
you wake up after drinking too much wine? Sulphite sensitivity may cause allergies,
dermatitis, lung problems, gastrointestinal problems and heart issues. Urticaria, nausea, headaches, increased heart
beats, disorientation, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea are common symptoms for
over-consumption of sulphite. According to experts, if you keep your intake
within the recommended amounts, sulphites are not harmful. Now that you know more about sulphites, remember
to check the labels of your foods before eating.

2 thoughts on “Sulphites in Food: Risks and How to Spot Them on Labels

  1. Hello NC ! Love what you do , thanks . Why does the video have two scripts running at the same time and overlapping too ? hard to read either one. MAYBE in the future you might want to view the video before release ? looking forward to any new vids you offer , again THANK YOU from a Canadian viewer J.

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