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Sulfur Free Products and Diet - what does it mean?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:09:18 PM Europe/London

Sulfur free diets

Undeniably, the mineral sulfur plays a vital role in our health and thus is an important component of our diets. The mineral sulfur has an essential role to play in the creation of connective tissue as well as maintaining the well-being of our joints. Sulfur compounds have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect our cells from destructive free radical molecules. Nonetheless, sulfur associated derivatives and foods containing sulfur can result to gastrointestinal difficulties in persons with sulfite sensitivity and/or digestive diseases like ulcerative colitis. Eating sulfur free products or regimens that are low on sulfur can aid in reducing symptom occurrence.

Sulfur and digestive problems

A disease like ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel condition that impacts on the colon or large intestine. The large intestine houses hundreds of billions of bacteria which generally protect the body’s directive system from disease and harmful bacteria. For people suffering from ulcerative colitis, the protective bacteria don’t flourish as much. Also, a high intake of the sulfur-containing components is bound to worsen the existing colon inflammation and even reduce the number of protective bacteria present in the large intestine. Sulfur based compounds or sulfites are utilized as flavor enhancers and preservatives for various processed foods. Sensitivity to sulfites can increase disturbances and/or result to allergic reactions.

Low sulfur fruits

Honeydew melon, watermelon, casaba, and cantaloupe are all low sulfur fruits. Various citrus fruits like limes or fresh melons and grapefruits also are low sulfur fruits. Other low sulfur fruit options are pears, fresh kiwi, plums, mangoes, raw apples or dates, figs, and mangoes. You need to check nutrition labels on frozen and canned fruits since they may contain sulfites. Rather than opting for processed fruits, instead choose low sulfur natural sweeteners like honey, cinnamon or brown sugar as options for adding to fruits for flavor.

Low sulfur vegetables

Low sulfur options include squash varieties such as yellow, winter, summer, acorn and butternut. Artichoke, carrots, corn, eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, sweet potatoes and yams also have little sulfur amounts. Spices or herbs for flavoring vegetables, like marjoram, caraway, basil, parsley and thyme, have low sulfur amounts. However, onions and garlic have high sulfur amounts. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, greens, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are also discouraged because they’re high sulfur compounds.

Low sulfur proteins

Proteins comprise of amino acids. Foods that have the amino acid cysteine possess high sulfur substances. Even though most meats have some sulfur, red meats record the greatest amounts of sulfur. Low sulfur protein options include turkey, shrimp, mackerel, pork, salmon and dark meat chicken. Dairy products also have high sulfur contents, even though dairy is a crucial source of calcium.

Considerations for processed foods

Check nutrition labels of processed foods as they may have sulfites. When sodium bisulfite, potassium bisulfite and sulfur dioxide are on the list of ingredients of packaged foods shows the existence of sulfites. Potato chips, jams, condiments, frozen and canned foods generally contain sulfite additives. Liquor, beer, liquor and other fermented alcoholic beverages generally have sulfites.

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