Saturday, December 8, 2007

A Simple Salicylate Food List

Safe foods (Negligible amounts if any)

Fruit
Banana, lime, pear - peeled.
Vegetables
Bamboo shoot, cabbage - green/white, celery green split peas -dried, lentils, lettuce - iceberg, swede.
Beans
dried (not borlotti). You may use canned beans but avoid any that have added ingredients such as sugar and salt. It is possible to buy beans in filtered water only and there are some organic varieties available. Check in your local health food shop.
Potatoes are fine but they must be of the old white variety and you must peel them.
Grains
Barley, buckwheat, millet, oats, rice, rye, wheat.
To avoid additives and hidden preservatives, all bread, biscuits, cakes etc.. should be home-made. Seeds and nuts
Poppy seeds.
Sweeteners
Maple syrup, white sugar.
Meat, fish, poultry and eggs
Meat, fish, poultry and eggs are generally salicylate free but avoid liver and prawns and do not eat any processed meat.
Herbs, spices and condiments
Malt vinegar, saffron, sea salt, soy sauce (if free of spices).
Oils and fats Cold pressed oils such as sunflower or soy.
Butter.
Margarine and processed rapeseed, safflower, soya bean, sunflower oils although low in salicylate are likely to contain preservatives that may mimic salicylate reactions and are best avoided.
Dairy
Butter, cheese (not blue vein), milk, yoghurt - natural only but you can add your own fruit.
Misc.
Carob powder, cocoa, tofu.
Beverages
Decaffeinated coffee, milk, ovaltine, home made pear juice, soya milk, rice milk, water.

Very low

Fruit
Golden delicious apple - peeled (green variety only), paw paw, pomegranate, tamarillo.
Vegetables
Brussel sprouts, borlotti beans, chives, choko, garlic, green peas, leek, mung bean sprouts, red cabbage, shallot, yellow split peas.
Nuts and seeds
Cashew nuts.
Condiments
Fennel - dried, fresh parsley.
Sweeteners
golden syrup
Meat and fish
Liver, prawns.

Low

Fruit
Fresh figs, lemon, mango, passion fruit, persimmon, red delicious apple - peeled, rhubarb.
Vegetables
Fresh asparagus, beetroot, cauliflower, green beans, onion, marrow, potato - white with peel, pumpkin,sweetcorn, tomato, turnip.
Frozen spinach.
Seeds and nuts
Hazelnuts, pecan, sunflower seeds.
Herbs, spices and condiments
Fresh coriander leaves.
Oils and fat
Ghee
Beverages
Dandelion coffee, shop bought pear juice.

Moderate

Fruit
Custard apple, kiwi fruit, loquat, lychee, pear with peel.
Vegetables
Aubergine - peeled, carrot, lettuces other than iceberg, tomato juice, mushrooms. Tinned asparagus, beetroot, black olives, sweetcorn.
Seeds and nuts
Desiccated coconut, peanut butter, walnuts.
Sweeteners
Molasses.
Beverages
Coco cola, rose hip tea.

High

Fruit
Avocado, most other varieties of apples, cantaloupe melon, cherries, grapefruit, mandarin, mulberry, nectarine peach, tangelo, watermelon.
Vegetables
Alfalfa sprouts, aubergine with peel, broad bean, broccoli, cucumber, tinned okra, parsnips, fresh spinach, sweet potato, tinned tomatoes and tomato puree, watercress.
Grains
Maize.
Seeds and nuts
Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, pistachio, sesame seeds.
Herbs, spices and condiments
Yeast extracts.
Oils and fats
Almond oil, corn oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, walnut oil.


Very high

Fruit
Fresh apricots, blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, boysenberry, cranberry, fresh dates, grapes, guava, orange, pineapple, plum, strawberry, sultana.
Vegetables
Chicory, chilli peppers, courgette, endive, tinned green olives, peppers, radish, water chestnut.
Seeds and nuts
Almonds, peanuts with skins on.
Sweeteners
Honey.
Herbs, spices and condiments
Basil, bay leaf, caraway, chilli powder, nutmeg, vanilla essence, white pepper.
Oils and fats
Coconut oil, olive oil.
Beverages
Peppermint tea.

Extremely high

Fruit
Dried apricots and dates. Currant, loganberry, prunes, raisin, raspberry, red currant.
Vegetables
Gherkins.
Herbs, spices and condiments
Allspice, aniseed, black pepper, cardamom, cayenne, celery powder, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, curry powder, dill, fenugreek, garam masala, ginger, liquorice, mace, mint, mustard, oregano, paprika, rosemary, sage, tarragon, turmeric, thyme, wine and cider vinegars.
Beverages
Cordials and fruit flavoured drinks, fruit and vegetable juices, tea.

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Alcohol varies in amount. Given the difficulty in fully ascertaining the ingredients of alcoholic beverages. The following list can be only be treated as a very basic guide to levels. The safest course of action would be to introduce your favourite drink as a test.
Probably safe : Gin, whisky and vodka.
High: Beer, brandy, cider, sherry.
Very high: Liqueurs, port, rum, wine.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Keyna

Interested to hear your story. Looking at your list of foods have you been given professional guidance on what to eat? The internet is full of salicylate free diets and they often contradict each other. You need to make sure you have the most up to date guidance.

Anonymous said...

I think you have undiagnosed gluten intolerance which is causing you all these other problems. There is heaps of info on the web. GI is known to cause respiratory problems, including blocked sinuses etc. Also gluten is now being linked to at least 300 other ailments/conditions.

Anonymous said...

There's heaps of info on the web about salicylate intolerance too and many people now believe food chemical intolerance is often incorrectly blamed on gluten intolerance - most breads having preservatives and often antioxidants in them which a lot of people are unknowingly sensitive to.

Anonymous said...

I have Systemic Mastocytosis, a rare disease (commonly misdiagnosed) that causes me to be intolerant to foods containing salicylates, nitrates, scented products, chemicals, and FDC red and yellow dyes.
What started as itching, fatigue, and fibromialgia has now gone into symptoms of anaphalaxis: stomach cramps, vomiting, diareha, sweating, and more.

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