Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hidden Sulfites

Biotin (Vitamin B7) - is an incredibly strong sulfite

Corn Syrup: 1/2 cup is about 1,5000 micrograms


Sulfur Dioxide (which breaks down and produces sulfites) occurs in:
  • Taurine (in Red Bull)
  • Carmel Color
  • 6 out of the 7 FD&C colors
  • Aspartame - artificial sweetener
My husband's allergic reaction to sulfites ranges from a mild allergic reaction (swollen lips, pale face, bright red splotches) to a severe GI response (heart burn, throat constriction, inability to speak). If he takes a drink of Red Bull or even chews a piece of gum that contains aspartame he will have immediate heartburn. This is his body's warning sign - it is telling him "I cannot handle this if you continue to consume it I will shut down".

In early 1985 the Food & Drug Administration created the Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) to better monitor the effects of additives and deal with consumer complaints. ARMS has received nearly 6,000 complaints since its inception. Aspartame and sulfite preservatives top the list, accounting for almost 95 percent of all complaints (SOURCE).

To report an allergic reaction to the FDA contact: (313) 393-8189 (SOURCE).

1 comment:

  1. Is it 1,500 or 15,000 micrograms in 1/2 cup of corn syrup?
    Thanks! :)