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Sulphite sensitivitySSulphite sensitivitySulphite sensitivityEnglishAllergyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-02-18T05:00:00ZVivian Cornelius, RD;Andrew James, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC8.0000000000000059.2000000000000756.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Sulphites are a common food additive and food allergy. Learn what to do if your child has a sulphite sensitivity.<br></p><h2>What are sulphites?</h2><p>Sulphites, or sulfites, are chemical compounds that stop bacterial growth and preserve the colour of foods. Sulphites are safe for most people, but they are one of the most common substances that cause food sensitivity.</p><h2>Sulphite sensitivity</h2><p>Sulphite sensitivity is a reaction to the sulphite chemical compound. It is not a true allergic reaction. An allergic reaction occurs when the body's immune system reacts to a protein found in food. A reaction to sulphites is a sensitivity since sulphites contain no protein.</p><p>Children sensitive to sulphites can have symptoms like:</p><ul><li>nausea</li><li>abdominal pain</li><li><a href="/Article?contentid=7&language=English">diarrhea</a></li><li>seizures</li><li><a href="/Article?contentid=785&language=English">asthma</a></li></ul><p>A serious life-threatening reaction, <a href="/article?contentid=781&language=English">anaphylactic shock</a>, can also occur.<br></p><p>Sulphites can also irritate the lungs, causing asthma-like symptoms. The cause of the reaction is not entirely known. People with severe or poorly controlled asthma are more likely to react to sulphites.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Sulphites are a common food additive.</li><li>Sulphites are a common cause of food sensitivity.</li><li>Many processed foods contain sulphites.</li><li>Always read food labels and practice good hygiene to avoid a sulphite reaction.<br></li></ul><h2>Helpful resources on sulphite sensitivity</h2><ul><li> <a href="http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/fact-sheets-and-infographics/food-allergies/eng/1332442914456/1332442980290" target="_blank">Canadian Food Inspection Agency</a></li><li> <a href="http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/fact-sheets-and-infographics/food-allergies/eng/1332442914456/1332442980290" target="_blank">Anaphylaxis Canada</a><br></li></ul>
Sensibilité au sulfiteSSensibilité au sulfiteSulphite sensitivityFrenchAllergyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemConditions and diseasesAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2010-02-18T05:00:00ZVivian Cornelius, RD;Andrew James, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPCFlat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Les sulfites sont un additif alimentaire courant et une cause courante d'allergie alimentaire.<br></p><h2>Que sont les sulfites?</h2><p>Les sulfites sont des composés chimiques qui freinent la croissance bactérienne et préserve la couleur des aliments. Ils sont sécuritaires pour la plupart des gens, mais ils demeurent les substances les plus courantes causant la sensibilité alimentaire. </p><h2>Sensibilité aux sulfites</h2><p>La sensibilité aux sulfites est une réaction au composé chimique des sulfites. Ce n'est pas une authentique réaction allergique. Une réaction allergique se produit lorsque le système immunitaire corporel réagit envers une protéine trouvé dans un aliment. Une réaction aux sulfites est une sensibilité puisque les sulfites ne contiennent pas de protéine. </p><p>La sensibilité des enfants aux sulfites peut démontrer les symptômes suivants :</p><ul> <li>nausées </li><li>douleurs abdominales </li><li><a href="/Article?contentid=7&language=French">diarrhée</a> </li><li>crise épileptique </li><li><a href="/Article?contentid=785&language=French">asthme</a><br></li></ul><p>Une réaction grave mettant la vie en danger ou un choc anaphylactique peuvent aussi se produire. </p><p>Les sulfites peuvent également irriter les poumons et causer des symptômes semblables à ceux de l'asthme. On connaît mal la cause de la réaction. Les personnes atteintes d'asthme grave ou mal contrôlée sont plus enclines à réagir aux sulfites. </p><h2>À retenir</h2><ul> <li>Les sulfites sont un additif alimentaire courant.</li><li>Ils sont une cause courante de sensibilité alimentaire.</li><li>De nombreux aliments transformés contiennent des sulfites.</li><li>Toujours lire les étiquettes des aliments et avoir une bonne hygiène afin d'éviter une réaction contre les sulfites.</li></ul><h2>Ressources utiles sur la sensibilité aux sulfites</h2><ul><li> <a href="http://www.inspection.gc.ca/aliments/information-pour-les-consommateurs/fiches-de-renseignements-et-infographies/allergenes/fra/1332442914456/1332442980290" target="_blank">Agence canadienne d'inspection des aliments </a></li><li> <a href="http://www.inspection.gc.ca/aliments/information-pour-les-consommateurs/fiches-de-renseignements-et-infographies/allergenes/fra/1332442914456/1332442980290" target="_blank">Anaphylaxie Canada</a></li></ul>

 

 

 

 

Sulphite sensitivity1993.00000000000Sulphite sensitivitySulphite sensitivitySEnglishAllergyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-02-18T05:00:00ZVivian Cornelius, RD;Andrew James, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC8.0000000000000059.2000000000000756.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Sulphites are a common food additive and food allergy. Learn what to do if your child has a sulphite sensitivity.<br></p><h2>What are sulphites?</h2><p>Sulphites, or sulfites, are chemical compounds that stop bacterial growth and preserve the colour of foods. Sulphites are safe for most people, but they are one of the most common substances that cause food sensitivity.</p><h2>Sulphite sensitivity</h2><p>Sulphite sensitivity is a reaction to the sulphite chemical compound. It is not a true allergic reaction. An allergic reaction occurs when the body's immune system reacts to a protein found in food. A reaction to sulphites is a sensitivity since sulphites contain no protein.</p><p>Children sensitive to sulphites can have symptoms like:</p><ul><li>nausea</li><li>abdominal pain</li><li><a href="/Article?contentid=7&language=English">diarrhea</a></li><li>seizures</li><li><a href="/Article?contentid=785&language=English">asthma</a></li></ul><p>A serious life-threatening reaction, <a href="/article?contentid=781&language=English">anaphylactic shock</a>, can also occur.<br></p><p>Sulphites can also irritate the lungs, causing asthma-like symptoms. The cause of the reaction is not entirely known. People with severe or poorly controlled asthma are more likely to react to sulphites.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Sulphites are a common food additive.</li><li>Sulphites are a common cause of food sensitivity.</li><li>Many processed foods contain sulphites.</li><li>Always read food labels and practice good hygiene to avoid a sulphite reaction.<br></li></ul><h2>Foods to avoid by children with sulphite sensitivity</h2><p>Sulphites are added to many foods, drinks and some medicines. They are used in very small amounts so people cannot see or taste them. </p><p>Many processed or cooked foods may contain added sulphites. If your child is sensitive to sulphites, always read the ingredient list on the foods you serve. </p><h3>Sulphites have different names and forms</h3><p>On packaged food, look for any sulphite warning or the following ingredients:</p><table class="akh-table"><tbody><tr><td>sulphur dioxide</td><td>sodium sulphite</td></tr><tr><td>sodium bisulphite</td><td>sodium metabisulphite</td></tr><tr><td>potassium metabisulphite</td><td>calcium sulphite</td></tr><tr><td>calcium and bisulphite</td><td>potassium bisulphite</td></tr><tr><td>sulphiting agent</td><td>sulphurous acid</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2">E 220, E 221, E 222, E 223, E 224, E 225, E 226, E 227, E 228 (European names)</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Sulphites are banned or regulated in many countries. Also, many countries now have new labeling regulations to help sulphite sensitive people make safer food choices. </p><p>Examples of foods that may contain added sulphites:</p><ul><li>Baked goods and starches, such as breads, cookies, cereals or cornstarch </li><li>Bottled lemon or lime juice, or concentrate </li><li>Canned frozen fruit or vegetables </li><li>Cereals </li><li>Condiments such as ketchup, relish or jam </li><li>Dressings, gravies and sauces </li><li>Dried fruits and vegetables, such as apricots, coconut or sun-dried tomatoes </li><li>Dried spices, teas or herbs </li><li>Fish and shellfish </li><li>Gelatin </li><li>Grapes and lettuce </li><li>Maraschino cherries </li><li>Prepared drinks, such as instant tea or grape juice </li><li>Processed foods, such as mincemeat, hot dogs, deli meats or cheese </li><li>Processed potatoes, including dehydrated, pre-cut or peeled potatoes </li><li>Snacks such as candy, chips or trail mix </li><li>Soup mixes </li><li>Sugar syrups or molasses </li><li>Vinegar </li></ul><p>Some fresh fruits and vegetables contain sulphites. For example, grapes and lettuce may be sprayed with sulphites to keep them fresh. Sulphites can also occur naturally in foods such as wine, beer and apple cider. </p><h3>Eating out with a sulphite sensitivity</h3><p>When eating out with your sulphite-sensitive child, always ask if any sulphites were used preparing the dish. Sometimes restaurants add sulphites to fruit or salads to preserve freshness and colour. As a precaution, sulphite-sensitive people should avoid eating at buffets. </p><h3>Medicine and sulphite sensitivity</h3><p>Some medicines may also contain sulphites. Always check the ingredients of all medicines. Let your pharmacist know about your child's sensitivity to sulphites.<br></p><h2>Avoiding cross contamination with sulphites</h2><p>Cross contamination can occur when the same kitchen utensils, dishes or containers are used preparing food containing sulphites with food that does not. Food bought in bulk, buffets and unwrapped candies are more likely to be cross-contaminated with sulphites. </p><p>Cross-contamination can also happen when sharing food, utensils, straws or drinking glasses. Your child and your family should practice good hygiene by washing your hands, face and mouth regularly, especially after eating.</p><h2>A balanced diet without sulphites </h2><p>Eat fresh foods. Since processed and prepared foods may contain sulphites, avoid processed foods. If processed food is eaten, choose foods that have "no additives added". It is very important to read the ingredient list every time you buy a product, since ingredients may change without notice. </p><p>Help your child enjoy a variety of foods and a balanced diet by being careful and reading food labels. If in doubt about any ingredient in a product, contact the manufacturer and do not let your child eat the food at that time. If your child carries an EpiPen, do not let them eat if the EpiPen is not handy.<br></p><h2>Helpful resources on sulphite sensitivity</h2><ul><li> <a href="http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/fact-sheets-and-infographics/food-allergies/eng/1332442914456/1332442980290" target="_blank">Canadian Food Inspection Agency</a></li><li> <a href="http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/fact-sheets-and-infographics/food-allergies/eng/1332442914456/1332442980290" target="_blank">Anaphylaxis Canada</a><br></li></ul>Sulphite sensitivityFalse

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