Low Salicylate Diet

 Managing Salicylate Intolerance can be complicated as salicylate concentrations vary widely within each Food Group. Furthermore Salicylate Intolerances, like many other Food Intolerances, also lead to a variety of widespread symptoms in different people crossing most body symptoms.

 For this reason it is essential that you definitively establish that salicylates, rather than other food categories, are responsible for your symptoms before dedicating yourself to a limiting diet.


Reducing Your Salicylate Intake

 Salicylate foods are listed according to how regularly you may consume them. It is important to note, however, that salicylate values in foods may vary explaining the variance between different Salicylate Tables. With this in mind, the risks and intensity of your symptoms will determine how strict you will be in your application to a Low Salicylate Regime.

 If you experience Anaphylaxis in response to Salicylates you MUST be under the supervision of a Specialist Doctor and Nutritionist/Dieticians.


Foods to Eat Freely


Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Lamb, Pork, Fish, Scallops, Prawns

Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats, Rice, Amaranth

Butter, Cream, Lactose Free Milk, A2 Free Milk, Skim Milk, Full Cream Milk, Goat’s Milk, Yoghurt, Soft Cheese, Hard Cheese

Peanuts, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Pecans,

Beans (other than Broad and Fava), Bean Sprouts, Lentils, Chickpeas

Banana, Pomegranate, Lime, Rhubarb, Peeled Pear, Apple – Golden Delicious, Papaya

Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Peas, Leek, Onions, Shallots, Celery, Lettuce, Swedes, Beetroot

Salt, Chives, Fennel, Garlic, Parsley, Saffron

Brandy, Gin, Vodka


Foods to Eat Occasionally and in Moderate Amounts

Apple – Red Delicious, Custard Apples, Lemon, Mango, Passionfruit, Unpeeled Pear, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Rhubarb, Stone Fruits

Asparagus, Eggplant, Beetroot, Tomato, Mushrooms, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Sweet Corn, Turnip, Snow Peas

Brazil, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds

Coffee, Beer, Red and White Wine

Peanut Oils


Foods to Avoid

Apples (Non-Delicious Varieties), Guava, Figs, Lychee, Watermelon, Honey Dew, Rockmelon, Coconut, Cherries, Grapes, Sugar Banana, Pineapple, Kiwi-Fruit, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, Tangerine, Blackberry, Blueberry, Black Current, Red Current, Boysenberry, Cranberry, Loganberry, Mulberry, Strawberry, Youngberry, Raspberry, Currant, Avocado

Alfalfa, Artichoke, Broccoli, Cucumber, Capsicum, Zucchini, Gherkin, Fresh Spinach, Radish, Watercress, Chicory, Endive

Macadamia, Pine Nuts, Pistachio, Almond, Water Chestnut

Ginger, Mint, Chilli, Black Pepper, Cloves

Foods containing Corn Syrup

Peanut Oil, Sesame Oil

Black Tea, Rum, Port, Tia Maria, Benedictine, Drambuie


Foods to Definitely Avoid

All Herbs not mentioned

Raisins, Prunes and Other Dried Fruits

Chewing Gum, Honey, Liquorice, Mints, Peppermints, Fruit Flavours in Candies, Gelatos, Sherbert, Sorbet and Sweets

Breakfast Cereals with Foods to Avoid

Polenta and Maize

All Processed Meat

Coconut Oil, Olive Oil


The Dynamic Journey

 Your level of Salicylate Sensitivity may evolve depending upon the integrity of your digestive system (see Gastrointestinal Dysfunction). Unless you experience serious symptoms (e.g. Anaphylaxis) as a result of your intolerance, it is recommended that you trial food re-introduction on a periodic basis (every 3-6 months) to establish whether you can continually diversify your present health for maximum benefit.

 Obviously regression and re-sensitisation is possible such that a return to stricter dietary principles may be necessary as well.