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Sulphites and Collagen Powder: What You Need to Know

If you've been considering collagen powder as a dietary supplement, you might have some questions about its ingredients. One common concern is whether collagen powder contains sulphites and what implications this might have for those with sulphite sensitivities. In this article, we'll break down the relationship between collagen powder and sulphites and provide insights to help you make informed choices for your health.


Understanding Sulphites

Sulphites are naturally occurring and have a longstanding history of use in food. They can be found in some foods naturally but are often added as food additives to prevent spoilage and maintain colour. Common foods that may contain added sulphites include cordials, brewed drinks, dried fruits, sausages, and wine. Additionally, some medications may include sulphites as preservatives. It is important to note that sulphates may also be listed at sulfates depending upon the country of origin of the product or medication. 


For individuals with sulphite sensitivities, adverse reactions can include symptoms such as coughing, itchiness, nasal congestion, and asthma-like symptoms. It's important to note that there is currently no reliable blood or skin allergy test for sulphite reactions. To confirm or exclude a sensitivity, a supervised food challenge led by a clinical immunology/allergy specialist may be required. If you suspect that you or a family member may have a sulphite sensitivity, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare practitioner for personalised care and advice.


Australian Labelling and Regulations

Under the Australian Food Standards Code, added sulphites must be declared on the labelling of packaged foods when present in concentrations of 10 mg/kg or more. This information, presented in the ingredient list, includes the prescribed class name (e.g., preservative) followed by the additive's specific name (e.g., sulphur dioxide) or code number (e.g., 220 to 228). This labelling allows consumers who are sensitive to sulphites to make informed choices about their diet.

More information on the Australian Food Labelling Code can be found at the website:


Collagen and Sulphites

The collagen fibers in animals contain disulfide bonds, creating their distinctive triple helix structure. When collagen is hydrolysed, sulphite ions are released. While the hydrolysis process may lead to the release of sulphite ions, rigorous batch testing is performed on these products to ensure their safety.


For example, our Collagen Hydrolysate (bovine collagen) contains less than 50 parts per million of naturally occurring Sulphur Dioxide, with a limit of this  quantification of 50 parts per million. This indicates that, within the limits of current scientific analysis, the product tests to less than or equal to 50 parts per million for sulphites, which is recorded on the test results. 

Information on our product testing and certifications can be found on individual product pages under the tab, Technical Data. If you need specific Certificates of Analysis please contact us through our Contact Form or email. 


Individual Sensitivities

Sensitivity to sulphites varies from person to person, ranging from very mild to more severe. If you are considering using collagen powder, beef gelatin, or bone broth powder and have concerns about sulphites, we strongly recommend consulting with your healthcare practitioner. They can help you determine whether these products are suitable for your specific needs, considering your individual sensitivities and health goals.


Collagen, beef gelatin and bone broth powders can be a valuable food supplement for overall well-being. By understanding the relationship between collagen powder and sulphites and consulting with a healthcare practitioner, you can make the right choices to support your health and address any concerns about sulphite sensitivities.


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Disclaimer: As with any dietary choice, it's essential to strike a balance. A varied and balanced diet, coupled with a healthy lifestyle, is key to overall well-being. This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Consult with your Doctor or healthcare professional regarding your individual health needs before making any changes to your health routine or starting any new dietary supplements.

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