Hi, I was wondering if anyone has experienced gastrointestinal distress from eating dried fruit treated with sulfur dioxide. I eat some dried fruit everyday without problem but I've recently experienced an episode of really bad painful gas that almost felt like a celiac reaction. I examined my diet for accidental gluten and came up empty and it went away so I thought I just must have been ill or something. But it has now happened again and I realized that both times involved a bag of sulfured dried pears someone gave me. The dried fruit I usually eat without problem is unsulfured. These pears are the only things I've had with it.
Is it possible this could be upsetting my stomach? Of course I going to do my own experiment to nail it down, but I was wondering if anyone else had this experience.
Ditto to the above. I used to have dried apricots (the LURIDLY ORANGE ONES!) in my lunch-box at school back in the day and always felt wretched afterwards: this turned out to be a prevailing theme as I grew up; treated dried-fruits = murderous cramps. Erego I just avoided them.
However I have recently found out (from experimentation with a size-able quantity of left-overs from Christmas) that (if you want to keep using sulphured dried fruit for cooking, but for straight-up nomming it's probably just easier to buy un-sulphured) you can lessen the digestive discomfort by thoroughly rinsing, soaking and gently poaching the fruit.
So I don't know whether you'd be better off preparing the dried pears you were given for use in some culinary exploits, as opposed to snacking?
Hope this helps and that you feel better :)
Yes, I get the same painful gas and stomach cramping from sulfur dioxide. I went to town a bag of dried apricots a few months back, and wow did I learn a lesson. I was in crippling abdominal pain well into the next day. Not to mention being a walking trumpet.
I have the same problem with most dried fruit (most likely treated with sulfur dioxide) bloating and gas being the main reactions, it's extremely unpleasant and uncomfortable. However, I've started experiencing similar symptoms (quite mild though) with a lot of fresh fruits (blueberries being an exception).
I'm curious to know if you have any symptoms with fresh pears?
Seems like this is a common problem. I get stomach cramps too, if I eat more than a couple of sulfur-dried apricots/pears, but never from fresh fruit or berries. Self made dried fruit cause no trouble, so it must be the sulfur.
I am Celiac and react badly to sulfured fruit..it really upsets my stomach and gives me chronic stomach cramps and indigestion. I find it still affects me if I cook it so now I use fresh fruit in my recipes.
Dried fruit gives me some gas, regardless off whether or not it's sulphured. Recently, though, I had some unsulfured dried pear slices, and that gave me some of the worst gas discomfort I can remember ever having.