Food additives can exacerbate atopic asthma in sensitive children. Here is a list of the worst offenders.

Orange food colouring Tartrazine


E102 Soft drinks, sweets, jams, snack foods, packaged soups, tinned fish
Yellow food colouring Sunset yellow E110 Soft drinks, Baked goods, sweets, snack foods, ice-cream
Red food colouring Carmine E120 Meat, sausages, marinades, fruit drinks, jam, jelly, sauces, sweets
Preservatives Sulphites E220-228 Soft drinks, dried fruits, beef burgers, sausages
Benzoates E210-219 Soft drinks especially orange, salad dressings, pickles, fruit based sauces, naturally found un cinnamon, cloves, cranberries, prunes
Flavour enhancer Monosodium glutamate E621 Ready meals, soups, sauces, meat products, dried pasta and noddle snacks, Chinese food