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400 pages along with with 100 pages of low salicylate diet recipes


I am a registered nurse who was diagnosed with Aspirin allergy or sensitivity and Salicylate Intolerance several years ago. At the time there was very little information available of any kind on this condition. The information on this site is what I have researched over the years and what I find works for me personally. It is best not to self diagnose but to find a reputable professional allergist who can confirm your allergy as this condition mimics symptoms similar to other serious medical problems.


What is Aspirin & Salicylate Intolerance

Salicylate is Aspirin-like naturally occurring chemicals compounds found in most plants and stored in the bark, leaves, roots, skin and seeds. They act as a natural pesticide to protect the plants against insect damage, disease, fungi, and harmful bacteria.

Salicylate Intolerance

Salicylate intolerance is a detrimental reaction, often delayed, to a food, beverage, food additive, or compound found in foods that produces symptoms in one or more body organs and systems, but it is not a true food allergy. A true food allergy requires the presence of Immunoglobin E (IgE) antibodies against the food, and these are not present in Salicylate food intolerance.


Salicylates in foods

Unripe fruits and vegetables are natural sources of salicylic acid particularly:apricots,blackberries, blueberries, raisins, kiwi fruits, green peppers, olives, oranges,tomatoes,mushrooms.Some herbs and spices contain quite high amounts.


Natural chemicals in food

Most people with food intolerance are sensitive to more than one chemical which can be composed of both "natural" and "artificial" substances. Their effects depend on the combination and amount consumed in your daily diet.


Preservatives in foods

Salicylate sensitive individuals also have adverse reactions to benzoates and tartrazine which are artificial preservatives and colourings added to food. It is advisable to check all food labels for E Numbers.



Salicylate in Medications

Tell your Doctor or Pharmacist before taking any medication. Painkillers (except paracetamol) - avoid non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Nurofen etc.



Environmental Salicylates

Salicylates are absorbed through:

The skin  Be aware of perfumed and strong-smelling soaps, lotion,  shampoos,  cosmetics, etc.

Inhaled  Perfumes, body hair sprays, air fresheners, household chemicals,


Pseudo-allergic reactions

Written by Dr Adrian Morris allergy-clinic.co.uk

"Pseudo-allergic or anaphylactoid food reactions or food intolerant reactions are not IgE mediated, but clinically mimic true food allergy.



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Some Resources

Recipe Books

Salicylate Food Guide.  salicylatesensitivity.com

Friendly food recipe book : Royal Alfred Hospital .slhd.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy

Failsafe Cookbook :Sue Dengate -many articles on Food intolerance.  fedup.com.au

Salicylates Forum

Support group:salicylatesensitivity.com/forum/


Dr Morris :allergy-clinic

Food Intolerance: Robert H.LOBLAY and Anne R.SWAIN      sswahs.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy

Salicylates in food Intolerance by Anne Swain.PDF pages 376 – 381/Appendices 10 and 11 of her thesis.   sswahs.nsw.gov.au


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