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7 Foods to Avoid if You Have Asthma

The HealthCentral Editorial Team Jan 2, 2013 (updated Apr 24, 2014)
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Artificial lemon or lime juice
Artificial lemon or lime juice
You'd be much better off using real lemon or lime juice. It might take a little extra work, but not only will it taste fresher, you'll be able to breathe better too.
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Beer, wine, hard cider, juice and tea
Beer, wine, hard cider, juice and tea
Ever wondered why you had trouble breathing after drinking beer, wine or hard cider? Now you do! Sulfites are to blame.
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Dried fruit or vegetables
Dried fruit or vegetables
Besides typical dried fruits, such as raisins, pineapple, apricots and cranberries, these foods also include  things like maraschino cherries and pre-packaged guacomole.
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Pickled foods
Pickled foods
Pickles, peppers and relish, oh my! Avoid anything pickled if you have a reaction to sulfites. Let the jar with murky liquid be the warning sign to stay away.
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Packaged potatoes
Packaged potatoes
Things like frozen hash browns and french fries and dehydrated potatoes have sulfites, so beware. A healthier substitute would be a baked sweet potato or roasted potatoes with a touch of olive oil.
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Shrimp
Shrimp
Frozen shrimp is another sulfite culprit. It is used to as a food additive to prevent black spots from developing on the shrimp. A better bet is to get fresh shrimp, which can be more expensive, but will keep you feeling better in the long run.
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Naturally-occuring sulfites
Naturally-occuring sulfites
Other foods with sulfites include asparagus, chives, corn starch, eggs, garlic, leeks, lettuce, maple syrup, salmon, soy products and tomatoes.