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Stuffy Nose Culprit
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Your chronic stuffy nose could be the result of something other than a high pollen count.

Italian researchers, in the first well-controlled study of its kind, discovered that the common food additive monosodium benzoate triggered rhinitis (runny, stuffy nose, sneezing, and nasal itching) in a group of 20 adults who did not have allergies. Their symptoms either improved or disappeared completely while following an additive-free diet. When the additive was reintroduced, back came the sniffles.

Monosodium benzoate is a preservative commonly found in fruit juice, fruit drinks, pie fillings, pickles, olives, and salad dressings. Check the ingredients label.

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