muerteami (muerteami) wrote in ed_ucate,


I had a friend email me this information about salicylates.
Since it's allergy season (at least it is in Texas), I thought this might be useful.

"Salicylates are chemical structures similar to that seen in
aspirin that can be seen in a lot of foods: tomatoes, and other
nightshade vegetables, etc. "

A low salicylate diet is sometimes helpful for those fighting nasal
polyps or who have recurrent sinusitis that may have at its root, an
allergic condition. Please consult your healthcare advocate if you
feel this information might be relevant in your situation.

Fruits and Vegetables
Foods Not Permitted: All berries, almonds, apples, apricots, cherries,
currants, grapes or raisins, nectarines, oranges, peaches, plums,
prunes, potatoes, tomatoes. Cucumbers and pickles may be a problem as

Foods Permitted: Pears, grapefruit, lemon, lime, bananas, pineapple,
melons and most all vegetables other than tomatoes, potatoes.

Foods Not Permitted: Processed meats like luncheon meats, sausage,
bologna, frankfurters, salami, and those artificially colored and

Foods Permitted: All meats except processed meats, fresh fish, all
poultry, beef.

Artificially Flavored and Colored Foods-
Most all artificially colored foods could be a problem.
Foods Not Permitted: Ice Cream, Margarine, Cake mixes, jams, jellys,
jello, cloves, candies, mint flavors, gum, lozenges, mouthwash, oil of
wintergreen, toothpaste.

Foods Permitted: Salt and soda may be used instead of toothpaste.

Beverages Not Permitted: Cider and Cider vinegars, Wine and wine
vinegars, all tea. Koolaid, and similar beverages. Soda pop, beer,
gin, and all distilled drinks (except vodka), diet drinks and

Beverages Permitted: distilled white vinegar, coffee, milk, vodka,
lemonade made with fresh lemons, fresh grapefruit juice

Condiments Not Permitted: Curry powder, paprika, thyme, dill powder,
garam masal, oregano, cinnamon and turmeric seem to have high amounts
of salicylates and are best avoided.

Permitted: Bay leaf, Basil, Chili powder, coriander .

Not permitted: All medicines containing aspirin, perfumes

Permitted: Drugs without aspirin such as acetaminophen (Tylenol)

This list is not all inclusive, but may be of benefit in "lowering the
load" of exposure to those with salicylate intolerance.

Additional Helpful Info: salicylates have been implicated in asthma
and hives as well and avoidance may be helpful in these situations.

You can also find more foods / info at:

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