Salicylate Intolerance: What Is It?



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Salicylate intolerance

Salicylate intolerance generally flies under the radar in the world of dietary requirements. However, this is pretty surprising given the number of products that contain salicylates…

What Are Salicylates?

Salicylates are natural chemicals derived from salicylic acid.

They are found naturally in certain plants however, they are also synthetically produced (you’ve probably seen it in your face cleanser)!

What Is Salicylate Intolerance?

From aspirin to toothpaste, salicylates are an ingredient in a lot of common household products. Because of this, most people consume salicylates on a regular basis with virtually no issues.

However, those with a salicylate intolerance struggle to properly metabolize and digest salicylates.


Naturally, symptoms vary heavily from person to person but here are the most common ones:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Sinus infection and inflammation
  • Nasal and sinus polyps
  • Asthma
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gut inflammation (colitis)
  • Hives
  • Tissue swelling

Which Foods Contain Salicylates?

So, how do you avoid these ominous chemicals? Find out which vegetables contain them.

  1. Vegetables: broccoli, cucumbers, courgette, radish, sweet potato, spinach, okra,  watercress, eggplant, squash, artichokes, ginger, broad beans (to name but a few)
  2. Fruits: most berries (blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries), grapes, pineapple, plums, oranges, guava, apricots
  3. Dried Fruit: raisins, prunes
  4. Spices: turmeric, paprika, cinnamon, aniseed, cayenne, clove, cumin, mustard, most curry mixes
  5. Herbs: thyme, rosemary, dill, tarragon, oregano, mint

For a more in-depth guide check out this link!

Other Sources Include:
  • Tea
  • Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Rum
  • Licorice
  • Wine

What About Non-Food Products?

If you have salicylate intolerance, you should check the labels of certain products. For this reason, here are the main items you should keep an eye on…

  • Mint-flavored toothpaste
  • Perfumes
  • Shampoos and conditioners
  • Mouthwash
  • Lotions
  • Medications (such as aspirin)

How Can FoodLama Help?

Online grocery sites don’t cater well to people who shop with dietary restrictions or preferences. Foodlama helps you easily discover what you or your household can or can’t have at your favorite grocers and makes the best substitute recommendations for what you cannot have. You can download Foodlama free of charge here.

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