Salicylate-containing foods can be a problem for people who are allergic to phenol. Salicylate is a salt or ester of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is made from phenol.
If you are allergic to phenol, you may react to some foods that have salicylate in them.
Salicylates tend to cause a reaction after they build up in the body. A small amount of food may not cause a reaction, but over time, as it builds up, you may get a reaction.
To find out if the foods listed here are a problem, eliminate all of them and see if you feel better.
Next, try these foods one at a time. If you don’t notice a reaction to the food, keep eating it for three or four days and note your reaction if any.
For foods that do cause a reaction after a few days, you may find that you can eat them on a rotation diet. If you have these foods once every four days, you may find that you can tolerate the foods just fine.
When testing your tolerance to these foods, wait for about one week after finishing your test with one food before trying another. If you don’t do this, the next food you try may push salicylate buildup from the previous food over the edge.
This may lead you to think that the problem is with the second food, and not the first, when really it was both.
It is important that you group all of these foods in your rotation diet – don’t have one food one day and another food the next, since each one will cause a buildup of salicylates over time.
Salicylic acid is the original form of pain-reducing chemical from white willow.
It has been replaced by aspirin, a similar chemical known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA).
The natural form from willow is available in health food stores. Many consider it to be safer than aspirin, and certainly it is preferred as a natural substance.
- Green bell peppers
Salicylate-Containing Food Products
- Variety crackers
- Cake mixes
- Coffee pastries
- Salad dressings
- Tartar sauce
- Hot chocolate mix
- Cocoa mix
- Candies (yellow and green)
- Corned beef