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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.
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