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This list is accurate at the time of publishing but as research is ongoing levels can change.

Unfortunately, most products have salicylates in them so you need to check the labels.



Salicylates in Ingredients

Acetylsalicylic acid
Artificial food colouring and flavouring
Beta-hydroxy acid
Magnesium salicylate
Menthol(menthol or chemicals beginning with CAMPH or MENTH)
Phenylethyl salicylate
Salicylic acid
Sodium salicylate

Artificially  preservatives and colourings in foods

Salicylate sensitive individuals also tend to have adverse reactions to benzoates and tartrazine which are artificially preservatives and colourings added to food.


Chemical name and E-number to avoid:

E122 (tartrazine); E104 (quinoline yellow); E107 (yellow 2g); E110 (sunset yellow); E122 (azorubine); E123 (amaranth); E124 (ponceau 4R); E127 (erythrosine); E128 (red 2g); E131 (patent blue); E132 (indigo carminie); E120-E219 inclusive (called the benzoates), E621, E622 and E623 (called the glutamates).


Foods with none or low Salicylates in them

Banana, lime, pear,  golden delicious apples,  pawpaw, tamarillo
Bamboo shoot, Shallots, cabbage - green/white, celery, green split peas -dried, lentils, lettuce - iceberg, swede.beans dried (not borlotti),potatoes, bamboo shoots,beans (dried – not borlotti),cabbage (green or white),celery,(brown,red),Lettuce (iceberg)peas (dried),swede,bean Sprouts,Borlotti beans, brussels sprouts, cauliflower,  chickpeas ,chives, choko, fresh asparagus, green beans, green, leek, mung bean sprouts, yellow split peas.
Barley, buckwheat, millet, oats, rice, rye, wheat, rice cereals (plan)

Poppyseed, cashews, hazelnuts, pecan, sunflower seeds
Salt, malt vinegar, golden syrup, maple syrup (pure), apple butter (only if homemade from acceptable varieties of apples), chives, fennel – dried, garlic, saffron, shallots, soy sauce (if free of spices)

Butter, canola oil, margarine, safflower oil, soy oil, sunflower oil. (cold-pressed oils), ghee.

Maple syrup, golden syrup, white sugar, carob, cocoa, homemade caramel, white sugar, golden syrup, malt extract.

All fresh meats, beef, chicken, eggs, fish, lamb, organ meats, rabbit, sausage casing, scallops, veal and more!.generally avoid liver and prawns and any processed meat.

Arrowroot, cornflour, malt, malt extract, rice flour, rye flour, sago, soy flour, tapioca, wheat flour, golden syrup, malt, malt extract,
Poppy seeds, rice flour, rye flour, sago, soy flour, sugar (brown, castor, granulated, icing, powdered), tapioca, wheat flour.

Butter, cream, cheese (not blue vein), milk, yoghurt (natural only), Ice cream, rice milk, goat milk, soy milk, tofu
Butter, cheese (not blue vein), milk, yoghurt - natural only but you can add your own fruit.

Decaffeinated coffee, milk, Ovaltine, homemade pear juice, soya milk, rice milk, water, dandelion coffee.

Gin, Whiskey, Vodka

You can also select from the low Salicylate chart bearing in mind accumulative effect.


Shopping list

Some foods I have found safe of course you can find many more you just need to check labels.! Also, companies frequently change the ingredients. Lots will just say vegetable oil and flavourings. I rang a company once to ask what were the flavouring and they said it just came in a large bottle with flavoring on it!!.
See list above for negligible salicylate fruit & vegetables but I also some times include in my diet low salicylates such as chives, garlic, celery, brussels sprouts, iceberg lettuce, leeks, shallots. soya sauce, pawpaw, golden delicious apples.

Cooking Oils
Sunflower oil, canola oil,  safflower oil (not cold-pressed, no synthetic antioxidants 310-321)

Baked Kettle Chips -ready salted

All butter shortbread

Ice cream: kelly of Cornwall clotted cream Ice cream, magnums
Yoghurts most plain ones but check ingredients, Muller corner -chocolate
Cream Fraise
Fromage frais plain
Most plain cheeses

Most butters are alright Anchor

Oat So Simple -Golden Syrup
Bran flakes (check ingredients some have honey!)
Special K
Rice Krispies
Rolled oats
Rice Bran
Special K

Canned fruit Pears in syrup (not natural juice),
Canned beans eg red kidney, chickpeas, butter beans, borlotti beans, three or more bean mixes, green beans.

McCain chips straight chips in sunflower oil
Garden peas
Brussels sprouts

Werther's Original toffees
Green & Black organic chocolate. (Yes there is life after salicylate )
Milk fills (Asda), white marshmallows.

Yoghurt(natural and vanilla), sago and tapioca, occasional homemade apple pie made from golden delicious apples(low sals), Ice creams.
Spreads, jam Golden syrup, malt extract, home-made pear jam only
Sugar: caster sugar, icing sugar, Light brown sugar, White sugar

Cashew nuts, pecan nuts( low salicylates)

Plain and self-raising check ingredients.

All plain pasta, couscous, rice plain but not flavoured like basmati rice Salt Sea salt or rock salt

Decaffeinated coffee, milk, Ovaltine, soya milk, rice milk, water. Soda water, tonic water, homemade pear juice, homemade lemonade

Gin, Whiskey, Vodka



There are company's claiming to be salicylate free products but they use parabens and sodium benzoates to preserve them !!.

Simple soap
I have not found a failsafe shampoo so I use normal shampoo and ring well!
Toothpaste - I use sodium bicarbonate or salt( some say it is abrasive on the teeth but I have been using it for 8 years without a problem.)
Toilet rolls-plain white
Tissues check for balsam and use plain white only

Goats powder for washing my face!

Organic soya oil full of vitamin E and is absorbed into the skin quickly and is not greasy.
Pure Shea Butter(also great for sunburn and very dry skin )
Pure vitamin E oil



Check labels for salicylates .and also avoid cosmetic or skin preparation which says "beta hydroxy acid", as this is salicylic acid .
Minerals makeup

Antihistamines ( check ingredients with pharmacist)
Paracetamol - very hard to get them without E numbers!
(Tylenol contains benzoic acid which is chemically similar to salicylates it is best avoided)


Vitamins that do not contain salicylates.
Read the label and avoid anything that has bioflavinoids, rose hips, flavonoids, rutin, quercetin. or plant oils, gels or extracts (such as ginseng, kava kava, alfalfa, aloe vera)


House cleaning
A steamer is best. Sodium bicarbonate, vinegar, lemons.
Toilet-Harpic White & Shine Original with sodium bicarbonate
Air fresheners -use vanilla essence in water and spray








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