SULPHITES

E220-228

Sulphites are preservatives that have both antioxidant and antibacterial properties, found naturally in some foods and as a result of fermentation. 

Synthetic Sulphite additives E220-228 are used extensively and can cause a full range of intolerance symptoms including headaches, skin rashes, wheezing, sinus, coughing and irritable bowel.

Sulphites are sprayed on fruits and vegetables to prevent browning, on lobster and prawns to preserve colour, as dough conditioners in pizza and pie crusts and to bleach flours.  They are also used in pharmaceuticals to maintain the stability and potency of some medications.

Wine – sulphites occur naturally and during the fermentation stage however quantities can be low so synthetic sulphites are added. Red wine has the lowest level of sulphites compared to white wine and sweet white wine has the most.

Fruits & Vegetables Grains, Seeds & Nuts Meat, Fish, Poultry & Dairy Drinks, sweets & Condiments

Grapes

Mushrooms

Olives

Vegetables Canned, dehydrated and dried

Fruits, canned, dehydrated, dried, juiced, concentrates, pulp and toppings

Fruit fillings

Imitation fruits

Maraschino cherries

Candied fruit

Packaged salad

Potato products – fries/hot chips/crisps

 

Other:

Gelatine

Pectin

Baking batters

Biscuits,cakes & pastries

Flour products

Wheat & flour

Pie crust

Pizza crust

Quiche crust

Cereals w dried fruits

Fruit & nut mixes

Nut & seed spreads

Corn starch

Crackers

Desiccated coconut

Abolone canned

Deli meats

Edible casings

Minced beef

Modified dairy products

Preserved fish including canned

Processed cheeses

Processed meat/fish

Shellfish cooked & raw, prawns, lobster, scallops

Sausage and sausage meat

Wine

Beer

Cider

Brewed soft drinks

Cocktail mixes

Pre mixed alcoholic drinks

Cordials

Vinegar

Vanilla & Almond essences

Fruit juices

Fruit toppings/syrups

Gravies

Horseradish

Jam, jelly & marmalade

Mayonnaise

Molasses

Packaged dips

Pickles & gherkins

Salad dressing mixes

Sauces & toppings

Tomato juice

Vegetable juice

Food Additive name & numbers:

  • 220        Sulphur Dioxide
  • 221        Sodium Sulphite
  • 222        Sodium Bisulphite
  • 223        Sodium Metabisulphite
  • 224        Potassium Metabisulphite
  • 225        Potassium Sulphite
  • 226        Calcium Sulphite
  • 227        Calcium Hydrogen Sulphite
  • 228        Potassium Bisulphate

 

Sulphites in wine www.artimondo.co.uk

Sulphite overview www.verywellhealth.com