(chiefly British also sulphite)
A salt of sulfurous acid, containing the anion SO32−.
- Items to be avoided are lactose, yeast, artificial dyes, titanium dioxide preservatives, sulfites, synthetic colors, and gluten.
- Normally, sulfite oxidase metabolizes sulfites to sulfates, which are excreted in the urine or reused by the body.
- The sulfite provides sufficient alkalinity to activate and maintain the developing process, and in addition acts as a solvent.
Late 18th century: French, alteration of sulfate (see sulfate).
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