That ONE conventional apricot contains more than the maximum amount of sulphur preservative recommended for a child to consume in an entire day?!
What’s with Sulphur? The food Australian children consume the most that has the highest amount of sulphate is dried apricots! In Australia, dried fruit typically contains extremely high amounts of sulphites – 3,000 parts per million (ppm) compared to 1,000 ppm in the EU, and far higher per serve than any other food consumed by children. Used as a preservative, sulphites prevent the growth of bacteria and also inhibit enzymes which cause food to discolour. Sulphites have a few names and numbers, so watch out for anything in the 220-228 range. Sodium and potassium sulphite, sulphur dioxide, sodium and potassium bisulphite, and the metabisulphites.
They’re no good for our health:
Sulphites have been associated with a range of symptoms including:
Headaches Irritable bowel symptoms and nausea
Behaviour disturbance Skin rashes
Best known for triggering asthma attacks (the World Health Organisation has called for sulphites to be reduced and phased out for this reason). The effects of consumption are cumulative and often delayed. When sulphites are removed from the diet, children are generally much calmer and have a greater ability to concentrate and learn.
You might think our dried apricots look a little funny – 'off' even. But in this case, that's a good thing! Dried apricots are usually processed using sulphur dioxide to keep the bright orange colour of the ripe fruit.
Our organic apricots are free from sulphur and sun dried naturally!