by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

May 2011, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


Salicylates are a group of chemicals found mainly in fruits and nuts, and a in a few vegetables and other products.  They are irritating to the intestinal tract, in particular.  Avoiding them is just one reason why eating most fruit and most nuts is not a part of the diet used in nutritional balancing science.

Most people can handle salicylates, but for some people they are a severe problem.  As the body heals, the sensitivity to them usually diminishes.  However, most people are better off avoiding them, generally, due to their irritating nature.

Below is a list of foods and other things that contain salicylates.  The chart does not reveal the amount of salicylates in each food, however.  As a general principle, they are much higher in fruits and less is found in vegetables.

If you find you are having reactions to the foods below, you may be very sensitive to salicylates.  In this case, avoid all the foods on the list below, as well as all the chemicals and other products on the list below.  This is the simplest way to handle the problem.  None of the foods listed below are essential, so eliminating them is not a problem on a nutritional balancing program.




Foods That Contain Salicylates

Products That May Contain Salicylates

Salicylate-Containing Ingredients

Fruits such as apples, avocados, blueberries, dates, kiwi fruit, peaches, raspberries, figs, grapes, plums, strawberries, cherries, grapefruit, and prunes

Vegetables such as alfalfa, cauliflower, cucumbers, mushrooms, radishes, broad beans, eggplant, spinach, zucchini, broccoli, and hot peppers

Some cheeses

Herbs, spices, and condiments such as dry spices and powders, tomato pastes and sauces, vinegar, and soy sauce, jams, and jellies

Beverages such as coffee, wine, beer, orange juice, apple cider, regular and herbal tea, rum, and sherry

Nuts such as pine nuts, peanuts, pistachios, and almonds

Some candies, such as peppermints, licorice, and mint-flavored gum and breath mints

Ice cream, gelatin

Fragrances and perfumes

Shampoos and conditioners

Herbal remedies

Cosmetics such as lipsticks, lotions, and skin cleansers

Mouthwash and mint-flavored toothpaste

Shaving cream

Sunscreens or tanning lotions

Muscle pain creams

Alka Seltzer


Acetylsalicylic acid

Artificial food coloring and flavoring


Beta-hydroxy acid

Magnesium salicylate



Salicylic acid


Phenylethyl salicylate

Sodium salicylate






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