Nitrate / Nitrite & Sulpher Dioxide Free Diet

Nitrates, nitrites and sulpher dioxide (sulfur dioxide) are preservatives added to food to protect against harmful bacteria which can cause food poisoning and spoilage. They can also increase the storage life of foods.

Nitrates and nitrites, in particular sodium nitrite, are used for the curing of meat (e.g. bacon, ham and gammon) because they prevent bacterial growth and react with the meat protein giving the product a desirable dark red color. Because of the toxicity of nitrite (the lethal dose of nitrite for humans is about 22 mg per kg body weight), the maximum allowed nitrite concentration in meat products is 200 ppm. Under certain conditions, especially during cooking, nitrites in meat can react with degradation products of amino acids, forming nitrosamines, which are known carcinogens.

Sulpher dioxide is sometimes used as a preservative for dried fruits due to its antimicrobial properties. It maintains the appearance of the fruit and prevents rotting, and can give fruit a distinctive chemical taste. It is also used in the making of wine and some other alcoholic drinks, and wine making sanitation to prevent degredation and microbial damage.



Check ingredient lists for the following:

E220 - Sulphur dioxid
E221 - Sodium sulphite
E222 - Sodium hydrogen sulphite/sodium bisulphite
E223 - Sodium metabisulphite
E224 - Sodium metabisulphide
E226 - Calcium sulphite
E227 - Calcium hydrogen sulphite/calcium bisulphite
E228 - Potassium bisulphite
E249 - Potassium nitrite
E250 - Sodium nitrite
E251 - Sodium nitrate
E252 - Potassium nitrate
Food sources of benzoates

Dried fruit, dehydrated vegetables
Fruit juices
Fruit based desserts
Wine, beer, cider
Biscuits
Bacon, ham, cured meats, corned beef, gammon steak
Some cheese
Not all of the above will contain nitrates, nitrites or sulpher dioxide, but definitely check these foods. Look out for products that state they are 'free from preservatives', but if in doubt, avoid.

Adhering to a healthy diet, avoiding processed and manufactured foods is the simplest way to avoid added preservatives. The following example meal plan has been designed to eliminate nitrates, nitrites, sulpher dioxide and other artificial preservatives from their diet. It's based on an average weight individual with a sedentary job for weight maintenance. Use this to give you an idea of what are healthy nutritious foods to include, but don't forget to vary your food choices and to drink plenty of water through the day.
Today
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 UTC/GMT +03:00
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 UTC/GMT +03:00
Tue Oct 16 08:00 - 08:00 High fibre cereal (like Weetabix, bran flakes, Shreddies, porridge, etc) + 200ml skimmed milk + 1 tsp sugar No Allergy Fruit Smoothie
10:00 - 10:00 2 oatcakes Banana Drink water
13:00 - 13:00 Sandwich: 2 slices granary bread+ butter + slice off bone chicken or salmon Mixed salad inc tbsp sunflower seeds Low fat natural yoghurt (check) + pineapple chunks Drink water
16:00 - 16:00 Handful mixed nuts Banana Drink water
19:00 - 19:00 Large chicken breast or fillet white fish or lean red meat Basmati rice or pasta or potatoes / sweet potatoes Loads of veg or large salad Drink water
22:00 - 22:00 2-3 oatcakes or rye crispbread with cottage cheese (check) Item fruit Drink water
Wed Oct 17 08:00 - 08:00 High fibre cereal (like Weetabix, bran flakes, Shreddies, porridge, etc) + 200ml skimmed milk + 1 tsp sugar No Allergy Fruit Smoothie
10:00 - 10:00 2 oatcakes Banana Drink water
13:00 - 13:00 Sandwich: 2 slices granary bread+ butter + slice off bone chicken or salmon Mixed salad inc tbsp sunflower seeds Low fat natural yoghurt (check) + pineapple chunks Drink water
16:00 - 16:00 Handful mixed nuts Banana Drink water
19:00 - 19:00 Large chicken breast or fillet white fish or lean red meat Basmati rice or pasta or potatoes / sweet potatoes Loads of veg or large salad Drink water
22:00 - 22:00 2-3 oatcakes or rye crispbread with cottage cheese (check) Item fruit Drink water
Thu Oct 18 08:00 - 08:00 High fibre cereal (like Weetabix, bran flakes, Shreddies, porridge, etc) + 200ml skimmed milk + 1 tsp sugar No Allergy Fruit Smoothie
10:00 - 10:00 2 oatcakes Banana Drink water
13:00 - 13:00 Sandwich: 2 slices granary bread+ butter + slice off bone chicken or salmon Mixed salad inc tbsp sunflower seeds Low fat natural yoghurt (check) + pineapple chunks Drink water
16:00 - 16:00 Handful mixed nuts Banana Drink water
19:00 - 19:00 Large chicken breast or fillet white fish or lean red meat Basmati rice or pasta or potatoes / sweet potatoes Loads of veg or large salad Drink water
22:00 - 22:00 2-3 oatcakes or rye crispbread with cottage cheese (check) Item fruit Drink water
Fri Oct 19 08:00 - 08:00 High fibre cereal (like Weetabix, bran flakes, Shreddies, porridge, etc) + 200ml skimmed milk + 1 tsp sugar No Allergy Fruit Smoothie
10:00 - 10:00 2 oatcakes Banana Drink water
13:00 - 13:00 Sandwich: 2 slices granary bread+ butter + slice off bone chicken or salmon Mixed salad inc tbsp sunflower seeds Low fat natural yoghurt (check) + pineapple chunks Drink water
16:00 - 16:00 Handful mixed nuts Banana Drink water
19:00 - 19:00 Large chicken breast or fillet white fish or lean red meat Basmati rice or pasta or potatoes / sweet potatoes Loads of veg or large salad Drink water
22:00 - 22:00 2-3 oatcakes or rye crispbread with cottage cheese (check) Item fruit Drink water
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