Sulfites are compounds that are used to make foods and beverages last longer. Sulfite sensitivity is an abnormal reaction to these compounds.
Foods that may contain sulfites include:
- Beer, wine, and soft drinks
- Cookies, crackers, pie crust, and pizza crust
- Dried fruit
- Shrimp, lobster, and scallops
- French fries and other food made with peeled potatoes, such as instant mashed potatoes
- Fruit or vegetable juice
- Canned fruits or vegetables
- Syrup and fruit toppings
- Pickles, relish, olives, and salad dressing
- Noodle or rice mixes
- Dried soup mixes
- Deli meats, mince meat, sausages
Many prescription and over-the-counter medications also contain sulfites. Sulfites are also contained in products applied to the skin, such as cosmetics.
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Last reviewedNovember 2013by Michael Woods, MD
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