Be Good to Yourself! PermalinkWritten by Susan Thanavaro | Monday, April 28th, 2014

Sulfur Dioxide

What is it and why should you care?

At Made In Nature we never use artificial ingredients or chemical preservatives. You may ask why that is so important to us and why we think it should be important to you to. So, let us help explain.

As a common preservative, sulfur dioxide is a chemical that is widely used throughout the food industry. It works as an antimicrobial to maintain a certain physical appearance, such as discoloration. For example, Made in Nature Organic Dried Apricots contain absolutely no sulfur dioxide, therefore, Made in Nature Apricots have a darker color instead of the bright orange conventional apricots that are infused with chemical preservatives. Our delicious organic fruits also contain no added sugar, which is very common with conventional dried fruits that contain sulfur dioxide. The chemical decreases the natural sweetness of the fruits; therefore, sugar has to be added to make the fruits edible.

In addition, those with sensitivities to sulfites can experience severe reactions to the chemical. For individuals with asthma, the ingestion of sulfur dioxide can lead to respiratory issues, and in some cases, death. More common allergic reactions include skin rashes, swelling, fever, and headaches. Sulfite sensitivity and allergy are becoming more common as people are becoming more aware of the chemical usage in their food. People are increasingly able to identify the cause of their discomfort with knowledge of ingredient lists. You only have one body in this life, so, be sure to read the full list of ingredients in your food!

Avoiding chemicals, added sugar, or any other additives is one of the many things that Made in Nature prides itself on. We work hard to provide the best-tasting, safe, organic fruit in the world. It is our goal to ensure that our dried fruits contain one ingredient only: fruit. Enjoy!

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