Good and Bad Effects of Sodium Metabisulfite

The Good Side

Sodium metabisulfite is a food additive also known as E223. It is known to be present in fruit juices and candy bars. The primary ingredient of campden tablets  for wine and beer making. It also act as whitening agent in some processed fruits.

When used in wine making or any food processing operations. Sodium metabisulfite reacts with acid, forming  sulfur dioxide, which act as anti-oxidizing and sanitizing agent. As time progress , the gas is released into the atmosphere or break down and bind with the other components.


The Bad Side

Fine white granular product with a pungent sulfur dioxide gas odor. May irritate the skin. May cause irritations and burns to eyes. Harmful when swallowed or inhaled. May cause severe and fatal allergic reactions if inhaled or swallowed by some asthmatic and other sulfite-sensitive individuals. React with acid to form toxic and irritating sulfur dioxide gas.

Only food grade material is permitted for use as food additive at 0.1% concentration of the total food volume. As of date, many countries prohibit the use of this additive.

4 Replies to “Good and Bad Effects of Sodium Metabisulfite”

  1. I’m allergic to e223 and nickel nitrate hexahydrate I’ve tried so hard to remove all from my diet but it seems impossible
    I have severe itching of my skin especially on my neck, back of ears, forehead and temple area.
    At one stage I thought I had the irration under control and then it returned and now it seems impossible to get relief

    1. I suggest you visit the nutrimost wellness office closest to you and see if going through their program can help. I know it helps with psoriasis… If you dont need to loose weight they can still put you through the program with no weight loss guarantee. I promise you amazing things happen when your body is in the right place. Hope it helps.
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