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Sulfite and acesulfame allergy
4 years ago
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Hey, all.

I have a problem that means I pretty much can't eat anything bought at a grocery store.  I'm allergic to sulfites (preservative used in almost everything on the shelves, even at Whole Foods) and Acesulfame K/ Acesulfame potassium (Sweetner used in damn near everthing that doesn't have sugar).

Does anybody else here have this problem?

Where do you shop for stuff like salad dressings, salsas, jams, pastas, or anything else not sold in the produce section? 

Yes, I said pasta.  Dried pasta.  Who the H*** needs to put preservatives in dried spaghetti noodles?!!  Apparently every maker of pasta sold in the U.S.

Anybody out there that can help?

4 years ago

Judy, sorry to hear how difficult it is for you. Look at this as a way to make a positive change which your body will thank you for.

There was a time in my life that I could only eat 12 foods. Many years later my digestive system healed (with a lot of work) and I could eat almost everything. The only things I cannot eat well are preservatives, colourings and anything artificial. That I believe is my body's intelligence. It does not want those ingredients causing later problems.  

I make my own salad dressings but I have seen ones in the health food store that do not artificial stuff in them.  In most health food stores up here there are many wholesome pastas, jams, salsas and fermented foods without chemicals in them.  Most of those do cost $$$, I reccomend simply not eating packaged food with lots of ingredients.  Eat whole food/real food and your body will thank you for it.

4 years ago

Actually, I guess I do have an allergy: Sulfites. I eat dried fruit often with my oatmeal.


It is usually preserved with Potassium Sorbat, a fairly innocuous as preservatives go.


I ran out my regualar brand and bought some other brand.  Within seconds of  eating the prune, I started to wheeze and my heart was beating fast.


I looked at the back of the label under ingredients and there it was Sodium Sulfite.



I would recommend anything with Potassium Sorbate, but not Sodium Sorbate.  There is a marked difference between the two in affecting one's health.  


" The Center for Science in the Public Interest confirms that potassium sorbate additives in food are generally safe with regard to health and has the lowest allergic potential of all food preservatives". 


 It breaks down to simple carbon dioxide and water.  No other nasty residues left behind.


The Center for Science in the Public Interest -is a non profit organization(much like the Environmental Working Group that tests and rates the pesticide loads on various fruits and vegetables-commercial).


They genuinely are concerned with the health of the general public.  


Hopes this helps.

4 years ago

Hi Judy,

Thank you for sharing your story with us and making us aware that such conditions exist. I can understand how difficult it can be to find certain products without certain ingredients in it and the only thing I can suggest is to see how these two stores are regarding your condition..I truly hope these help and that your days are brighter ones. Maybe you can start a petition to make Whole Foods and other companies stop using such additives in their products.

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