Dietary Sulfites

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Latest Edit: Iva 2012-07-24 (EDT)

Sulphites are substances that naturally occur in food. They are also used as a food additive and preservative to maintain food color, prolong shelf life and maintain the potency of certain medications.[1]

Other Names

When checking food labels be aware that sulfites are listed by many names including:

  • E 220, E 221, E 222, E 223, E 224, E 225, E226, E227, E 228 (European names)
  • Potassium sulfite or bisulphite/
  • Potassium metabisulphite
  • Sodium bisulphite, sodium dithionite, sodium metabisulphite, disodium sulphite, sulfite
  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Sulphiting agents
  • Sulphurous acid

Food Sources

  • Alcoholic/non-alcoholic beer, cider, wine
  • Baked goods
  • Bottled lemon and lime juice/concentrate
  • Canned/frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Cereal, cornmeal, cornstarch, crackers, muesli
  • Condiments
  • Deli meats, hot dogs, sausages
  • Dressings, gravies, guacamole, sauces, soups, soup mixes
  • Dried fruits and vegetables
  • Dried herbs, spices, tea
  • Fish
  • Fresh grapes, lettuce
  • Fruit fillings, fruit syrups, gelatines, jams, jellies, marmalade, molasses, pectin
  • Fruit/vegetable juices
  • Glazed/glacéed fruits
  • Potatoes
  • Snack foods
  • Soy products
  • Starches
  • Sugar syrups
  • Tomato paste/pulp/purée
  • Vinegar, wine vinegar

Non-Food Sources

  • Bottle sanitizing solution for home brewing
  • Sulfites are also added to many prescription and over-the-counter medications such as steroids, antibiotics, muscles relaxants, heart medications and pain relievers. [2]


Sulfites are associated with the following symptoms and conditions:


  2. UK Food Guide UK Food Guide, Retrieved 21 March 2012