*Please note – this page is only a guide, the list on salicylates is forever changing and we do not update this list.  This is a simple blog as we saw a need to share some form of guide with everyone as there is minimal information out there.

Salicylates

Salicylates are organics chemicals found naturally in many herbs, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Salicylates act like preservatives, they prevent rot and disease and protect against pests. They are stored in the most vulnerable plant parts; the leaves, bark, roots, skin and seeds.

Salicylate load and intolerance

We regularly consume salicylates and our body has to detoxify and clear away these chemicals before they accumulate. We have a threshold for symptoms. Once our salicylate load gets to around that level we start getting allergic style inflammatory reactions.

Once our load drops through avoidance and enhanced clearance the symptoms will often disappear. The symptoms will re appear if your salicylate levels creep up again. If your salicylate load is hovering around that symptom threshold than you can react every time you touch salicylate foods.

Signs and symptoms of salicylate sensitivity

  • Headaches, migraines
  • Itchy skin rashes such as hives (urticaria), eczema. Itchiness is often worse after hot shower and / or exercise
  • Irritable bowel symptoms – reflux in babies or adults, nausea, vomiting, stomach bloating and discomfort, wind, diarrhoea and/or constipation
  • Bedwetting, cystitis and increased frequency of urination
  • Asthma, sinus congestion, itching, sneezing and excessive phlegm
  • Behaviour problems such as irritability, restlessness, inattention and learning difficulties
  • Sleep disturbance  and sleep apnoea
  • Anxiety, depression, panic attacks
  • Tinnitus
  • Joint pain, inflammation and arthritis
  • Swelling and fluid retention
  • Mouth Ulcers or raw hot red rash around mouth
  • Persistent cough
  • Sore, itchy, puffy, watery or burning eyes
  • Muscle cramp, tremor, twitch
Please note: 
The Salicylate content of a particular food can vary dramatically from batch to batch. The salicylate content of a food may vary due to the following factors: season, part of plant tested (outer leaves, inner leaves, bark, skin, pulp, juice), freshness, cooked / method of cooking or raw, peeled and thickness of peeling, local variances and brand variances in farming practices and preparation, and the degree of ripeness upon harvesting. Processing techniques, preservatives, flavors and colors may all influence salicylate levels.  
This list is attempting to categorize foods containing salicylates into a risk assessment profile ranging from “negligible” to “very high” for simplicity. This list provides approximate levels of salicylates measured in mg per 100g of food. When comparing lists make sure you are comparing the same unit of measurement. Also be aware of the relevance of this unit of measurement i.e. you may be much more likely to consume a few hundred grams of berries but not likely to consume hundreds of grams of chili powder in one sitting. 

The following food lists show the approximate salicylate content per 100 grams of food or beverage.

Salicylate Foods - Vegetables

 VEGETABLES
NegligibleLow
0.1 – 0.25mg
Moderate
0.25 – 0.49mg
High
0.5 – 1mg
Very High
>1mg
Bamboo shoots
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Celery
Chives
Choko
Beans
Peas (dried)
Leek
Lentils
Iceberg lettuce
Mungbean (and spouts)
Potato (peeled white)
Eschallots
Swedes
Soybeans
Beansprouts

Asparagus (fresh)
Beetroot (fresh)
Carrot (fresh)
Cauliflower
Corn (fresh)
French beans
Horseradish (canned)
Mushroom (fresh)
Onion
Potato (unpeeled white)
Peas (fresh)
Pimiento (canned)
Pumpkin
Spinach (frozen)
Tomato (fresh)
Turnip
Asparagus (canned)
Beetroot (canned)
Corn (canned)
Bok choy
Choy sum
Lettuce (other than iceberg)
Maize
Olives (black )
Parsley
Parsnip
Potato (red)
Pumpkin
Snow peas (and sprouts)
Sweet con
Sweet potato (yellow)
Alfalfa
Artichoke
Broad beans
Broccoli
Chili (green and yellow)
Corn (creamed)
Cucumber
Eggplant
Fava beans
Okra
Spinach (fresh)
Squash
Sweet potato (white)
Tomato (canned)
Water chestnut
Watercress
Capsicum (green)
Champignon (canned)
Chili (red)
Chicory
Courgette
Endive
Gherkin
Mushroom (canned)
Olives (green)
Pepper (sweet)
Radish
Tomato (paste and sauce)
Zucchini

Salicylate Foods - Fruits

 FRUITS
NegligibleLow
0.1 – 0.25mg
Moderate
0.25 – 0.49mg
High
0.5 – 1mg
Very High
>1mg
Banana
Pear ( peeled)

Apple (golden and red delicious)
Custard apple
Fig
Cherries (sour canned, morello)
Grapes (green)
Lemon (fresh)
Mango
Pawpaw
Passion fruit
Persimmon
Pineapple juice
Pomegranate
Rhubarb
Tamarillo
Apple (Jonathon)
Apple (canned)
Grapefruit juice
Kiwi fruit
Lychee
Loquat
Nectarine (fresh)
Pear (with peel)
Plum (fresh)
Watermelon
Apple (granny smith)
Avocado (fresh)
Cherries (sweet)
Fig (dried)
Grapes (red)
Grape juice
Grape fruit
Mandarin
Mulberry
Peach (fresh and canned)
Tangelo
Apricot
Blackberries
Blueberries
Boysenberries
Cantaloupe Rockmelon
Cherries (canned sweet)
Cranberry (sauce and canned)
Currants
Dates
Grapes (fresh)
Guava
Loganberries
Orange
Pineapple
Plum (canned)
Prunes
Raisons
Raspberry
Redcurrants
Strawberries
Sultanas
Youngberry

Salicylate Foods - Nuts, Seeds, Snacks, Grains

 NUTS, SEEDS, SNACKS & GRAINS 
NegligibleLow
0.1 – 0.25mg
Moderate
0.25 – 0.49mg
High
0.5 – 1mg
Very High
>1mg
Cashews
Poppy seeds
All grains (except maize)

Pecans
Peanut butter
Sesame seeds
Hazelnuts
Sunflower seeds
Potato chips (plain)
Coconut (desiccated)
Brazil nuts
Corn chips
Popcorn
Pumpkin seeds
Taco shells
Walnuts
Pine nuts
Macadamia nuts
Pistachio nuts
Almonds
Peanuts
Chips and crackers (savory flavored)

Salicylate Foods - Culinary Herbs, Spices, Seasonings and Condiments

 HERBS, SPICES, SEASONINGS & CONDIMENTS
NegligibleLow
0.1 – 0.25mg
Moderate
0.25 – 0.49mg
High
0.5 – 1mg
Very High
>1mg
Garlic (fresh)
Parsley
Chives
Coriander
Salt
Vinegar (malt)
Vinegar
Soy sauce
Saffron
Tandoori spice powder
Horseradish (canned)
Vanilla
Fennel Vegemite
Vinegars (red and white wine, cider and others)
All spice
Anise seed
Cayenne
Celery
Cinnamon
Cumin
Curry powder
Dill
Fenugreek
Five spice
Garam masala
Ginger
Honey
Jam
Mace
Mint
Mixed herbs
Mustard
Oregano
Paprika (hot)
Paprika (sweet)
Pepper
Rosemary
Sage
Tarragon
Turmeric
Thyme
Worcestershire sauce

Salicylate Foods - Sweets and Sugars

 SWEETS & SUGARS
NegligibleLow
0.1 – 0.25mg
Moderate
0.25 – 0.49mg
High
0.5 – 1mg
Very High
>1mg
Golden syrup
Maple syrup
White sugar
Molasses
Brown sugar
Licorice
Mints and
Peppermints
Chewing gum
Fruit flavorings

Salicylate Foods - Beverages

 BEVERAGES
NegligibleLow
0.1 – 0.25mg
Moderate
0.25 – 0.49mg
High
0.5 – 1mg
Very High
>1mg
Cocoa powder
Carob powder
Coffee ( De-caf)
Milo
Ovaltine
Chamomile tea
Vodka
Whiskey
Gin
Coffee (instant)
Rosehip tea
Fruit herbal tea
Brandy
Vermouth
Beer
Cider
Sherry
Cointreau
Tia Maria
Fruit juices
Tea (all varieties)
Liqueur
Peppermint tea
Port
Rum
Champagne
Wines
Cordials

Other Sources of Salicylates

Acne products
Air fresheners
Alka seltze
Breath mints
Bubble baths
Cleaning products
Cosmetics
Detergents
Essential oils
Fabric conditioners
Fragrances and perfumes
Hair sprays, gels and mouse
Lotions and creams
Lozenges
Mouthwash
Muscle and joint pain creams
Razor’s with aloe strips next to the blade
Shampoo and conditioners
Shaving cream
Cleansers and exfoliants
Soaps
Sunscreen and tanning lotion
After sun lotions
Toothpaste
Warts and callus removers

Salicylates may be labeled as:

Acetylsalicylic acid
Coal tar derived dye
Artificial flavorings
Artificial colorings
Azo dyes
Benzyl salicylate
Beta hydroxy acid
BHA
BHT
Choline salicylate
Ethyl salicylate
Eucalyptus oils
Isoamyl salicylate
Magnesium salicylate
Menthol
Methyl salicylate
Mint
Octylsalicylate
Oil of wintergreen
Peppermint
Phenylethyl salicylate
Red dye (#40)
Salicylaldehyde
Salicylamide
Salicylate
Salicylic acid
Sodium salicylate
Spearmint
Yellow dye (#5 and #6)

Salicylates in medications and alternative medicines

Pharmaceutical medications, herbal remedies and lotions, ointments and creams may all contain salicylates.

Your healthcare practitioner can advise you on salicylates and your prescription.

Do not change any prescribed medicines without consulting with the prescribing doctor first.

Tips for living with salicylate sensitivity

  • Thickly peel fruit and vegetables.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables as ripe as possible.
  • Discard the outer leaves.