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ReaLemon and Sulphites

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

I still purchase bottled ReaLemon lemon juice from time to time to keep on-hand (they had jugs of it on sale at Costco last time i needed any and it was cheaper than buying a pile of lemons) for cooking and splashing into water or tea. I somehow never noticed until very recently that it contains sulphites though

my question is: if I've never displayed any symptoms of sulphite sensitivity, and I'm not getting it from any/many more sources, should i completely stop using the store-bought ReaLemon juice? how potentially harmful is this minor exposure?(if it makes a difference, I have IBS and Oral Allergy Syndrome but citrus and sulphites don't trigger either so far)

any answers or ideas are all really greatly appreciated :)

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:08 PM

agreed on the taste of real lemons winning over the concentrated stuff haha. thanks for the links!

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:05 PM

thanks so much for your input! i figured it most likely isn't immediately life-threateningly horrible since i don't seem to have the sensitivity, i'm a worrier though, had to ask for peace of mind

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on January 22, 2013
at 10:40 PM

If you don't have a sulphite sensitivity (and in truth, it's a minority who do), then polish off the bottle. If the idea bothers you, don't buy it again. Sulphite sensitivity isn't widespread.

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:05 PM

thanks so much for your input! i figured it most likely isn't immediately life-threateningly horrible since i don't seem to have the sensitivity, i'm a worrier though, had to ask for peace of mind

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on January 23, 2013
at 06:52 PM

I agree. If you are not sulphite sensitive then it is unlikely to do you any harm - and since you have not had any reaction, go with the Real Lemon - although I msuyt admit that I do think that genuinely 'real' lemons do taste a lot better! If you are interested in sulphite sensitivity there are several really interesting articles here - http://www.foodsmatter.com/allergy_intolerance/sulphites/index_sulphites.html

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:08 PM

agreed on the taste of real lemons winning over the concentrated stuff haha. thanks for the links!

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