Sulfur is a mineral found in the ground around volcanic craters and hot springs and occurs naturally in some plants, including grains, fruits and vegetables. Protein foods also contain sulfur, which may put vegetarians at risk for developing a sulfur deficiency. The mineral helps form muscles, hair and skin cells. Individuals with medical conditions such as ulcerative colitis may experience an increase in symptoms after eating foods high in sulfur because of an inability to breakdown the mineral correctly, according to Northwest Naturopathic Urology.
The yolk portion of an egg is high in sulfur. Separating the white portion of the egg from the yolk before cooking will help reduce the sulfur content in the egg. Cooking the eggs may also help reduce the sulfur levels.
Meats including beef, chicken and fish contain sulfur. Legumes, such as beans and jicama also contain protein and sulfur. Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, as well as certain seeds, such as sesame seeds and sunflower seeds, contain sulfur.
Dairy foods contain high amounts of sulfur. The high sulfur foods include milk, cheese and sour cream.
Sulfur containing fruits include coconut, bananas, pineapple and watermelon.
Broccoli and additional vegetables in the same family, including mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and watercress contain sulfur, reports the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Additional vegetables include kale, asparagus, sweet potatoes, leeks, peas, chives, avocados, cauliflower and tomatoes.
Garlic contains sulfur and may help boost antibiotic and antiviral capabilities of the body, according to the University of Michigan Health System. Mincing the garlic and adding it to a variety of foods is an easy way to consume the essential amino acids. Cooking onions may help reduce the sulfur content.
Some beverages, such as coffee, tea and cocoa, contain sulfur.
- Linus Pauling Institute: Oregon State University: Isothiocyanates
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Sulfur
- Linus Pauling Institute: Oregon State University: Cruciferous Vegetables
- Northwest Naturopathic Urology: Sulfur-Rich Foods and Ulcerative Colitis
- University of Michigan Health System: Healing Foods Pyramid
- Texax Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital: Minerals: What They Do and Where to Get Them
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