Does your throat become scratchy when you have a cold drink? Or your chest become wheezy when you eat dried fruit? Sulphur dioxide, sodium benzoate and tartrazine are well-known allergenic additives that may be to blame for these symptoms.
Avoid the following foods: fruit juices and dried fruit, which are treated with sulphur dioxide to prevent oxidation; “droëwors” and “boerewors”, both of which are also preserved with sulphur; beer and wine; pickles; certain sauces; and hamburger patties. Make a point of reading food labels to check for these additives.
Read more: The lowdown on allergies and additives