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Low Salicylate Diet

Written by M. Puckey, BPharm. on Aug 23, 2016

What is it?

A low salicylate (suh-lih-suh-late) diet means eating foods that have a limited amount of salicylate in them. Salicylate is a natural chemical that is found in some foods. It is also the chemical that is in aspirin.

You may need to follow this diet if you are allergic to aspirin. Or you may need to use this diet if your caregivers think you may have a food allergy. Some people who are allergic to salicylate are also allergic to yellow food dye #5, or tartrazine. This diet tells you which foods are high in salicylates.


  • Do not take aspirin or other medicine that has aspirin in it.

  • It is OK to eat meat, lentils and dairy products. Do not eat foods that are on the lists of foods to avoid.


Avoid the following beverages

  • Beer, birch beer, and root beer
  • Bubbly drinks (like soda pop)
  • Regular coffee
  • Tea
  • Wine, port, rum and liqueurs

The following beverages are OK to drink:

  • Cereal drinks
  • Decaffeinated coffee
  • Milk (any kind)
  • Pear juice (homemade)
  • Whiskey, vodka or gin

Breads and Starches

Avoid the following breads and starches:

  • Sweet Potato

The following breads and starches are OK to eat:

  • Breads and cereals
  • Noodles and pastas
  • Peas
  • Rice

Desserts / Sweets

Avoid the following desserts and sweets

  • Mint or wintergreen products
  • Pies and cakes made with fruits

The following desserts and sweets are OK to eat:

  • Homemade cakes and cookies made without avoided fruits and jams


Avoid the following fats

  • Almonds, peanuts and avocados
  • Mayonnaise
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Salad dressings

The following fats are OK to eat

  • Butter and margarine
  • Cashews and poppy seeds
  • Vegetable oils


Avoid the following fruits and juices made from them:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Berries: blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Gooseberries and huckleberries
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemons
  • Melon (all kinds)
  • Oranges and mandarins
  • Nectarines and peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Plums and prunes
  • Pomegranates

The following fruits and juices made from them are OK to consume:

  • Apples (golden delicious variety)
  • Bananas
  • Nashi pears
  • Papayas
  • Pears (peeled)
  • Rhubarb


Avoid the following vegetables:

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • Chilli
  • Cucumber
  • Endive
  • Olives
  • Peppers (Capsicum)
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

The following vegetables are examples of what is OK to eat:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Green beans
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Potato (white, peeled)


Avoid the following items:

  • Cloves
  • Mint or wintergreen flavorings
  • Pickles
  • Red, white and cider vinegar
  • Aniseed, basil, bay leaf, chilli powder, curry, coriander, nutmeg, vanilla essence and pepper

The following items are OK to eat:

  • Carob and cocoa
  • Malt vinegar
  • Parsley
  • Salt
  • White sugar and maple syrup


  • You have questions about the serving sizes for this diet.
  • You have questions about how to prepare or cook foods for this diet.
  • You have questions about how or where to buy foods for this diet.
  • You have questions or concerns about your illness, medicine, or this diet.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your diet. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.