Welcome to Total Health Chiropractic Skip to content

Salicylates Food List

What are Salyclates?

Salicylates are chemical compounds that are naturally occurring in plants and is the major ingredient in aspirin and other pain-relieving medications. They are also used in many common health and beauty products. If you are sensitive to Salicylates you may have to be on a Salicylate free diet.

Below is a table of foods that contain Salicylates.

Download our printable version here

FRUITS
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Banana
Canned pear
**** Lime Pear (ripe and peeled)
Apple – golden and red
Nashi Pears
Papaya Paw Paw Tamarillo
Apple – Red
Canned or dried Fig
Canned pear****
Custard apple
Lemon Loquat
Mango
Passion fruit
Pear (w/ peel)
Persimmon
Pomegranate
Rhubarb
Fresh Tomato
Apple – Green (ie granny smith)
Canned Morello cherries
Cantaloupe
Grapefruit
Kiwi fruit
Lychee Mandarin
Melons
Mulberry
Nectarine
Passionfruit
Peach
Pomegranate
Sugar banana
Watermelon
All dried Fruits
Apricot
Avocado
Blackberry
Blackcurrant
Blueberry
Boysenberry
Cherries – all other kinds
Cranberry
Currant
Date
Grape
Guava
Loganberry
Orange
Pineapple
Plum
Prune
Raisin
Raspberry
Redcurrant
Rock melon
Strawberry
Sultana
Tangelo
Tangerine
Tomato
Tomato products
Youngberry

**** Canned Pear has negligible amounts of salicylate if it is in sugar syrup, but if it is in natural juices/syrups, it has a moderate amount of salicylate as these can include some peel, which contains salicylates.

VEGETABLES
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Bamboo Shoots
Beans (dried – not borlotti)
Cabbage (green or white)
Celery
Green Split peas
Lentils (brown)
Lentils (red)
Lettuce (iceberg)
Peas (dried)
Potato (white and peeled)
Swede
Bean Sprouts
Borlotti beans
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage – red
Cauliflower
Chickpeas
Chives
Choko
Fresh Asparagus
Green Beans
Green Peas
Leek
Mung bean sprouts
Onion
Potato (white with peel)
Shallots
Yellow split peas
Asparagus
Asparagus – tinned
Aubergine – peeled
Beetroot
Carrot
Cauliflower
Chinese vegies
Fresh Tomato
Lettuce (other than iceberg)
Marrow
Mushrooms
Onion
Parsnips
Potato (new and red)
Pumpkin
Snow Peas
Spinach
Snow Peas
Sprout
Sweet corn
Turnip
Alfalfa sprouts
Artichoke
Aubergine with peel
Broad bean
Broccoli
Canned Black Olive
Broad bean
Cucumber
Eggplant
Okra
Radish
Sweet Potato
Water chestnut
Watercress
Zucchini
Canned Green Olives
Capsicum
Champignon
Chicory
Chili Peppers
Courgette
Endive
Gherkin
Hot pepper
Peppers
Radish
Tomato
Tomato Products
NUTS AND SEEDS
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Poppy seed Cashews
Hazelnuts
Pecan
Sunflower seeds
Desiccated coconut
Peanut butter
Pecan
Pumpkin seeds
Sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds
Walnuts
Brazil nuts
Macadamia nuts
Pine nuts
Pistachio
Almond
Peanuts with skins
Water chestnut
GRAINS
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Barley
Buckwheat
Millet
Oats (plain)
Rice
Rice cereals (plain)
RyeWheat
Breakfast cereals that include fruit, nuts, honey or coconutCorn/maize cereals
Cornmeal Flavored breakfast cereals
MaizePolenta
SWEETS
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Carob
Cocoa
Homemade caramel****
Maple Syrup
White Sugar
Caramel****
Golden Syrup
Malt Extract
Toffee
Molasses
Raw Sugar
Chewing gum
Fruit flavorings
Honey
Honey flavors
Jam (except pear, preferably homemade)
Liquorices
Mint flavored sweets
Peppermints

**** Caramel can be made from just sugar and water or sugar and milk – both are salicylate free and therefore caramel is generally alright. However, store bought caramel can have a variety of additives and added flavourings that do contain salicylate – so be careful when buying caramel and be sure to read the ingredients.

SEASONINGS, CONDIMENTS, SAUCES AND TOPPINGS
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Golden Syrup
Malt Vinegar
Maple Syrup (pure)
Salt (sea)
Apple Butter (only if homemade from acceptable varieties of apples)
Chives
Fennel – dried
Garlic
Malt Vinegar
Parsley (except Chinese parsley also known as coriander)
Saffron
Shallots
Soy Sauce (if free of spices)
Pure Vanilla
Fresh Coriander Leaves (also known as Chinese parsley)
Horseradish
Mayonnaise
All Spice
Bay leaf
Caraway
Cardamom
Cinnamon
Cloves
Coriander
Cumin
Ginger
Mixed herbs
Mustard
Pimiento
Oregano
Rosemary
Tarragon
Turmeric
Other Vinegars (e.g. cider, red, white wine)
Aniseed
Basil
Black pepper
Cayenne
Celery powder
Chili flakes
Chili Powder
Commercial Gravies & Sauces
Curry
Dill
Fenugreek
Fish, meat, and tomato pastes
Garam masala
Honey
Jam/Jelly (all commercial varieties – you can make your own from acceptable ingredients)
Liquorices
Mace
Marmite
Mint
Mustard
Nutmeg
Paprika
Peppermint
Sage
Tabasco
Thyme
Vegemite and other Yeast Extracts****
White pepper
Worcester Sauce

**** Yeast extracts are high but they are different from the yeast used in baking. Baking Yeast is generally ok.

FATS AND OILS
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Butter
Canola Oil
Margarine****
Safflower Oil
Soy Oil
Sunflower Oil
Ghee Almond OilCorn OilPeanut Oil Copha
Sesame Oil
Walnut Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil

**** Only if it’s made from vegetable oil or canola oil

MEAT
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Beef
Chicken
Eggs
Fish
Lamb
Organ meats
Rabbit
Sausage casing
Scallops
Tripe
Veal
Etc etc.****
Liver
Prawns
Shellfish
Fish canned in an unacceptable oil and/or with seasonings added
Gravy made from prepared mixes (i.e. stock cubes/bouillon/meat extracts/etc.)
Processed luncheon meats (many are seasoned and thus contain salicylates)
Seasoned meats (e.g. salami, sausages, frankfurters, and hotdogs)
DAIRY AND SOY PRODUCTS
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Butter
Cream Cheese (not blue vein)
Milk
Yoghurt (natural only)
Ice Cream ****
Rice Milk
Goat Milk
Soy Milk ****
Tofu
Blue vein Cheese

**** Read the label carefully – they are ok if they do not have any additives or added flavourings. With Ice cream it can be very difficult to find brands that make pure ice cream without additives. I recommend making your own.

BAKING INGREDIENTS
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Arrowroot
Corn starch (also known as corn flour in Australia)
Golden Syrup
Malt
Malt extract
Poppy seeds
Rice
Flour
Rye Flour
Sago
Soy Flour
Sugar
Sugar (brown, castor, granulated, icing, powdered)
Tapioca
Wheat Flour
Sesame seeds Corn Syrup
SNACKS
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Plain potato chips (read the ingredients list) Apple chips (only if homemade from acceptable varieties of apples) PopcornPopping corn Chewing gum (all flavors)
Fruit flavored candy, gelato, ices, popsicles, sherbet, sorbet, and sweets
Licorice/liquorices (all flavors)
Mint/peppermint/wintergreen flavored candy/sweets
Pickles (and anything pickled)
DRINKS
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Decaffeinated Coffee
Milk (goat and cow)
Ovaltine
Homemade pear juice
Soy milk
Rice milk
Water
Dandelion coffee
Store bought pear juice
Coco cola
Rose hip tea
Rose hip syrup
regular coffee
all teas
Cordials and fruit flavored drinks
fruit and vegetable juices
ALCOHOL
Negligible Low Moderate High Very high
Gin
Whiskey
Vodka
Cider
Beer
Sherry
Brandy
Liquor
Port
Wine
Rum

The following amounts are equivalent: (1 serve = 1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 serve from the moderate group
  • 1/10 serve from the high group
  • 1/100 serve from the very high group