I used to choose the GOLDEN dried apricots, till I realized it is not its real color:)
Good to know:
Sulphites are preservatives
Sulphites are preservatives which are commonly used in food. Their primary function is to prevent or reduce spoilage (antimicrobial and enzyme inhibitor functions) and browning (bleaching agent function) during the preparation, storage, and distribution of many foods (1). The list of food types where sulphites are used is looong. Foods and drinks that often contain sulphites include (1, 2):
|Drinks||Canned, bottled or frozen soft drinks and fruit|
Wine (including sparkling wine)
|Processed fruits and vegetables||Canned and frozen fruit fillings and syrups|
Jams, jellies, sauces and fruit toppings
Dried fruits and vegetables like apricots, maraschino cherries, coconut, raisins and sweet potato
Dehydrated, mashed, peeled and pre-cut potatoes, including French fries
Tomato pastes, pulps and purees
Condiments like horseradish, ketchup, mustard, pickles and relishes Bottled lemon and lime juices and concentrates
Pickled vegetables (including sauerkraut)
|Sweeteners||Maple syrup, dextrose, glucose solids and syrup and molasses|
|Fish and crustaceans||Canned clams fresh, frozen, canned, or dried shrimp |
|Baked goods||Granola bars (especially with dried fruits) biscuits|
Bread, pie and pizza dough
|Other||Vinegar and wine vinegar |
Cereal, cornmeal, cornstarch, crackers and muesli
Noodle and rice mixes
Since early 1920th, sulphites were under concern and regulations for its use in food were applied (3). Sulphites could sensibilise and act as a trigger for those who suffer from asthma or migraine.
The individuals at ‘risk’ to overdose an average daily intake (ADI) of sulphites are among the regular wine consumers (4).
From the personal experience:
To my surprise, headache and hangover feeling which I had once after a party with non-alcoholic wine was the same as after alcoholic wine (luckily, my winy experience has already gone many years ago). So, most likely, in my opinion, sulphites are partly responsible for the wine-induced headache, but not alcohol in moderate doses by itself.
Tips and tricks to avoid sulphites in your food:
- Read the labels, knowing E-numbers or sulphites names one could navigate in the ocean of sulphites:
|Sodium hydrogen sulphite (Sodium bisulphite)||E-222|
|Calcium hydrogen sulphite||E-227|
|Potassium hydrogen sulphite||E-228|
- Make a short observation of food, some food products talk by themselves:
- Cook at home or take your cooked food as “take away”, because public places serving street food or “cakes and ice-creams” usually do not provide a clear list of all the ingredients, except restaurants.
(1) Short review of sulphites as food additives by Garcia-Fuentes AR, Wirtz S, Vos E, Verhagen H. European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety. 2015:113-20.
(2) What you need to know about sulphites, online source: https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Food-technology/What-you-need-to-know-about-sulphites.aspx
(3) A simple method of testing for the presence of sulphites in food-stuffs by Albert E. Parkes, 1926
(4) Estimation of sulphite in food in France by François‐Collange M, Suschetet M. Food Additives & Contaminants. 1992;9(5):541-9.