Salicylate Sensitivity


If you are known to be sensitive to aspirin a (salicylate) or aspirin containing drugs, you may also need to avoid foods containing occurring salicylates.

The following foods contain large amounts of Salicylate and must be avoided:

  • Blackcurrants
  • Currants, Raisins, Sultanas
  • Dates (fresh or dried)
  • Guava
  • Loganberries
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Prunes
  • Almonds
  • Water chestnuts
  • Liquorice
  • Coffee (decaffeinated is suitable)
  • Tea (decaffeinated and ‘herbal’ teas are suitable)
  • Beer
  • Red and white wine

The following DRIED herbs and spices should be avoided:

Dill, Fennel, Garam Masala, Hot Paprika, Tumeric, Thyme and Curry Powder.

If necessary, in addition to avoiding the high salicylate foods, avooid the following foods in large quantities:

  • Apricots
  • Berries (Strawberries, Blackberries, Cranberries etc)
  • Canteloupe Melon
  • Cherries
  • All dried fruie
  • Grapes
  • Tinned plums
  • Chicory
  • Whole peppers ( Capsicums)
  • Radish
  • Sweet Potato
  • Honey
  • Rum
  • Worcester Sauce

The following DRIED herbs and spices should be avoided:

Canella, Cumin, Five Spices, Mace Mixed Herbs, Oregano, Rosemary, Tarragon.

You may take no more than one fruit from the following list each day:

  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin
  • Nectarine
  • Peach