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How To Follow a Food Additive-Free Diet

Avoidance of Food Additives and Preservatives

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Updated April 28, 2007

Updated April 28, 2007
If adverse reactions to food additives are suspected, a physician may advise a person to follow a food additive-free diet as part of a diagnostic approach to their medical problem. The following is an example of a diet that is free of food additives:
  • Meats (fresh or frozen)
    • beef
    • chicken
    • lamb
    • turkey
    • veal
  • Vegetables (fresh)
    • carrots
    • lettuce
    • mushrooms
    • parsley
    • potatoes
  • Cereals and grains
    • rice
  • Fruits
    • pears (canned, fresh or nectar)
  • Cooking oil
    • safflower (without preservatives)
  • Condiments
    • honey
    • pepper
    • salt
    • sugar
  • Beverages
    • coffee
    • pear nectar
    • tea
    • water
  • Other
    • butter
    • cottage cheese
    • eggs
    • matzo (plain)
    • milk
    • bread (labeled “preservative-free”)
    • spaghetti

Foods to Avoid:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Beer
  • Breads (not labeled “preservative-free”)
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Cakes
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit juice (except pear)
  • Grapes
  • Instant foods
  • Jams
  • Licorice
  • Margarine
  • Mayonnaise
  • Packaged meats
  • Pickles
  • Prepared salad dressings
  • Prepared sauces
  • Rhubarb
  • Sweets
  • Wine

Learn more about adverse reactions to food additives.

Source:

    1. Wilson BG, Bahna SL. Adverse Reactions of Food Additives. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2005; 95:499-507.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this site is for educational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for personal care by a licensed physician. Please see your physician for diagnosis and treatment of any concerning symptoms or medical condition.

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