Salicylate Content of Foods

This is a reference table showing the different levels of salicylates in foods. This data is taken from Anne Swain’s analysis done back in the eighties(1). We don’t know whether the quantities of salicylates have changed in foods since then, but it seems to still hold true today. Please bear in mind that you are not necessarily allowed to eat low salicylate foods on the elimination diet as some are low in salicylate but also contain either sulphites, amines, glutamates, or histamine/serotonin degranulators, which must also be avoided. It is not possible to determine whether you have a problem with food chemicals merely by eliminating salicylates. You must also eliminate glutamates and amines at the same time. If a food is not listed do not assume that it is safe. Foods that are not listed have not been tested. If you have done the elimination diet and have determined you are only sensitive to salicylates, you may use this table as your exclusive reference.

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GROUPNAMEDETAILAVG PER 100G
AlcoholAle and Beer0.32-1.26
Benedictine9.04
BrandyHennessey0.4
Cidersweet and dry0.16-0.19
GinGilbey’s0
LiqueurCointreau0.66
LiqueurDrambuie1.68
LiqueurTia Maria0.83
Port1.4-4.2
RumCaptain Morgan1.28
Sherrysweet and dry0.46-0.56
Winevermouth, dry0.46
VodkaSmirnoff0
Whiskeyscotch, Johnnie Walker0
Winechampagne or sparking1.02
Winecabernet sauvignon0.86
Wineclaret0.63
WineRiesling0.84
Winerose0.37
Winewhite, dry0.1
Animal FoodBeefraw0
Cheeseblue vein0.05
Cheesecamembert0.01
Cheesecheddar0
Cheesecottage0
Cheesemozzarella0.02
Chickenraw0
Cream0
Eggchicken, raw, white and yolk0
Kidneyraw, unspecified0
Lambraw0
Liverraw, unspecified0.05
Oystersraw0
Porkraw0
Prawnraw0.04
Salmoncanned0
Scallopsraw0.02
Triperaw, unspecified0
Tunacanned0
Yoghurtwhole0
BeverageCarobdry, powder0
Coca-Colaregular0.25
Cocoadry, powder0
Coffeecereal, chicory2.26
Coffeecereal, Ecco0
Coffeefresh beans0.45
Coffeeinstant, decaffeinated, Andronicus0
Coffeeinstant, decaffeinated, Harris0
Coffeeinstant, decaffeinated, Moccona0
Coffeeinstant, decaffeinated, Nescafe0
Coffeeinstant, Maxwell House0.84
Coffeeinstant, Nescafe0.59
Milodry, powder0.01
Ovaltinedry, powder0
TeaBushells4.78
Teadecaffeinated0.37
TeaHarris4
Teaherbal, chamomile0.006
Teaherbal, fruit0.36
Teaherbal, peppermint1.1
Teaherbal, rosehip0.4
Tealeaves, Chinese1.9
Tealeaves, green, Burmese2.97
Tealeaves, green, Indian2.97
Tealeaves, peony, jasmine1.9
TeaTetley, orange pekoe5.57
TeaTwinings, darjeeling4.42
TeaTwinings, Earl Grey3
TeaTwinings, English Breakfast3
TeaTwinings, Irish Breakfast3.89
TeaTwinings, Lapsang Souchong2.4
TeaTwinings, lemon scented7.34
TeaTwinings, orange pekoe2.75
FruitApplecanned, Ardmona0.55
Applefresh, Golden Delicious0.08
Applefresh, Granny Smith0.59
Applefresh, Johnathan0.38
Applefresh, Red Delicious0.19
Applejuice, Mountain Maid0.19
Apricotcanned, Ardmona1.42
Apricotfresh2.58
Apricotnectar, Letona0.14
Avocadofresh0.6
Bananafresh0
Blackberrycanned1.86
Blueberrycanned2.76
Boysenberrycanned2.04
Cherry, morello, sourcanned0.3
Cherry, sweetcanned2.78
Cherry, sweetfresh0.85
Cranberrycanned1.64
Cranberrysauce1.44
Currantdried5.8
Currantfrozen, black3.06
Currantfrozen, red5.06
Custard applefresh0.21
Datedried4.5
Datefresh3.73
Figcanned, kadota0.25
Figdried, calamata0.64
Figfresh0.18
Grapecanned, light seedless0.16
Grapedried, raisins6.62
Grapedried, sultanas7.8
Grapefresh, green1.88
Grapefresh, red, Malaita0.94
Grapejuice, dark, Berri0.88
Grapejuice, light, Sanitarium0.18
Grapefruitfresh0.68
Grapefruitjuice, Berri0.42
Guavacanned2.02
Kiwi fruitfresh0.32
Lemonfresh0.18
Loganberrycanned4.4
Loquatfresh0.26
Lycheecanned0.36
Mangofresh0.11
Melon, cantaloupefresh1.5
Mulberryfresh0.76
Orangefresh2.39
Orangefresh, mandarin0.56
Orangefresh, nectarine0.49
Orangefresh, tangerine0.56
Orangejuice, Berri0.18
Papaya/pawpawfresh0.08
Passionfruit/granadillafresh0.14
Peachcanned0.68
Peachfresh0.58
Peachnectar, Letona0.1
Pearcanned, Letona, Bartlett0
Pearfresh, Packham, no skin0
Pearfresh, Packham, with skin0.27
Pearfresh, William, with skin0.31
Persimmonfresh0.18
Pineapplecanned1.36
Pineapplefresh2.1
Pineapplejuice, Golden Circle0.16
Plumcanned, red1.16
Plumfresh, blood red0.21
Plumfresh, Kelsey Green0.095
Plumprunes, canned, Letona6.87
Pomegranatefresh0.07
Raspberryfresh5.14
Raspberryfrozen3.88
Rhubarbfresh0.13
Strawberryfresh1.36
Tamarillofresh0.1
Tangelofresh0.72
Watermelonfresh0.48
Youngberrycanned3.06
GrainArrowrootpowder0
Barleydry, unpearled0
Buckwheatdry0
Corn/Maizedry, cornmeal0.43
Milletdry, hulled and unhulled0
Oatsdry, oatmeal0
Ricedry, brown and white0
Ryedry0
Sweetcorn/Maizecanned, niblets0.26
Sweetcorn/Maizecanned, creamed0.39
Sweetcorn/Maizefresh, on the cob0.13
Wheatdry0
Legumes and PulsesBeansdried, blackeye0
Beansdried, borlotti0
Beansdried, brown0.002
Beansdried, chickpeas/garbonzo0
Beansdried, lima0
Beansdried, mung0
Beansdried, soya/soy0
Beansfresh, broad/fava0.73
Beansfresh, French/green0.11
Beansfresh, sprouts, mung0.06
Lentilsdried, brown0
Lentilsdried, red0
Peasdried, green split0
Peasdried, yellow split0.02
Peasfresh, green0.04
Nuts and SeedsAlmondfresh, raw3
Brazil nutfresh, raw0.46
Cashew nutfresh, raw0.07
Coconutdesiccated0.26
Hazelnutfresh, raw0.14
Macadamia nutfresh, raw0.52
Peanutbutter, Sanitarium0.23
Peanutfresh, raw, unshelled1.12
Pecanfresh, raw0.12
Pine nutfresh, raw0.51
Pistachiofresh, raw0.55
Poppy seeddry0
Sesame seeddry0.23
Sunflower seeddry0.12
Walnutfresh, raw0.3
Water chestnutcanned2.92
SeasoningAllspicedry, powder5.2
Aniseeddry, powder22.8
Basildry, powder3.4
Bay leafdry, leaves2.52
Canelladry, powder42.5
Carawaydry, powder2.82
Cardamomdry, powder7.7
Cayennedry, powder17.6
Celery seeddry, powder10.1
Chilidry, flakes1.38
Chivesfresh0.031
Cinnamondry, powder15.2
Clovesdry, powder5.74
Corianderfresh, leaves0.02
Cumindry, powder45
Currydry, powder218
Dill seeddry, powder94.4
Dill seedfresh raw6.9
Fenneldry, powder0.8
Fenugreekdry, powder12.2
Five Spicedry, powder30.8
Garam masaladry, powder66.8
Garlicfresh, clove0.1
Gingerfresh, root4.5
Horseradishcanned0.18
Macedry, powder32.2
Mintfresh9.4
Mixed Herbsdried55.6
Mustarddry, powder26
Nutmegdry, powder2.4
Oreganodried66
Paprikadry, powder, hot203
Paprikadry, powder, sweet5.7
Parsleyfresh, leaves0.08
Pepperdry, powder, black6.2
Pepperdry, powder, white1.1
Pepperfresh, chili, green0.64
Pepperfresh, chili, green yellow0.62
Pepperfresh, chili, red1.3
Pimientocanned, red0.15
Rosemarydried68
Saffrondry, powder0
Sagedry, leaves21.7
Saucesoy0
SauceTabasco, McIlhenny0.45
SauceWorcestershire64.3
Tandoori spicedry, powder0
Tarragondried34.8
Thymedried183
Turmericdry, powder76.4
Vanillaliquid essence1.44
VinegarMalt, liquid0
Vinegarwhite, liquid1.33
Yeast extractMarmite, Sanitarium0.71
Yeast extractVegemite, Kraft0.81
SweetsCaramelsPascall Cream Caramel0.12
Golden Syrupliquid, CSR0.1
Honeyliquid, assorted2.5-11.24
Licorice Nibs7.96-9.78
Maple Syrupliquid, Camp0
MintsAllens strong0.77
MintsKoolmint7.58
MintsLifeSavers, peppermint0.86
MintsLifeSavers, regular0.86
MintsMinties1.78
MintsSteamrollers2.92
Molassesliquid0.22
Sugargranulated, white0
VegetableAlfalfafresh0.7
Asparaguscanned0.32
Asparagusfresh0.14
Bamboo shootscanned, Sunshine0
Beetrootboiled0.18
Beetrootcanned, Golden Circle0.32
Beetrootfresh0.11
Broccolifresh0.65
Brussels sproutsfresh0.07
Cabbagefresh, green0
Cabbagefresh, red0.08
Carrotfresh0.23
Cauliflowerfresh0.16
Celeryfresh0
Chicoryfresh1.02
Choko/Chayotefresh0.01
Courgette/Zucchinifresh1.04
Cucumberfresh, peeled0.78
Eggplant/Auberginefresh, no peel0.3
Eggplant/Auberginefresh, with skin0.88
Endivefresh1.9
Gherkinpickled6.14
Leekfresh0.08
Lettucefresh0
Marrowfresh0.17
Mushroomcanned, champignon1.26
Mushroomfresh, raw, common, white0.24
Okracanned0.59
Olive, blackcanned0.34
Olive, greencanned1.29
Onionsfresh0.16
Onionsfresh, shallot/spring onion/green onion (straight stem, no rounded bulb)0.03
Parsnipfresh0.45
Pepperfresh, sweet/bell, green1.2
Pepperfresh, sweet/bell, red0.6
Potatofresh, large, no peel0
Potatofresh, large, with peel0.12
Pumpkinfresh0.12
Radishfresh, small, red1.24
Spinachfresh0.58
Spinachfrozen0.16
Squash, babyfresh0.63
Swede (turnip/rutabaga)fresh0
Sweet potatofresh, white0.48
Tomatocanned0.53
Tomatofresh0.13
Tomatojuice, Goulburn Valley, Heinz, Leotona0.1-0.18
Tomatojuice, Heinz0.12
Tomatopaste, Heinz0.54
Tomatopaste, Tom Piper, Leggo0.43-1.44
Tomatosauce, Heinz2.28
Tomatosauce/ketchup, Campbells, Fountain, PMU, Heinz, IXL, Rosella0.94-2.48
Tomatosoup, Campbell’s0.57
Tomatosoup, PMU, Heinz, Kia-Ora0.32-0.54
Turnipfresh, white0.16
Watercressfresh0.84

References

  1. Swain AR, Dutton SP, Truswell AS. Salicylates in foods. J Am Diet Assoc. 1985 Aug;85(8):950-60. [PubMed]