Tartrazine Free Diet

It is unproven that aspirin-allergic asthmatics react to tartrazine.

Tartrazine Free Diet

Also known as FD&C Yellow #5, tartrazine has been suspected as the cause of many reactions, including urticaria/angioedema, asthma, atopic dermatitis and other diseases. Recent studies have disproven the theory that aspirin-sensitive asthmatics are especially sensitive to tartrazine.

The following is a list of foods containing tartrazine:

  • Certain breakfast cereals
  • Aproten (low protein pasta products)
  • Refrigerated rolls and quick breads
  • Cake mixes
  • Commercial pies
  • Commercial gingerbread
  • Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Commercial frostings
  • Ready-to-eat canned puddings
  • Certain instant and regular puddings
  • Certain ice creams and sherbets
  • Certain candy coatings
  • Hard candies
  • Colored marshmallows
  • Flavored carbonated beverages
  • Flavored drink mixes

Learn more about adverse reactions to food additives.


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