The way life is, Salicylates Free

Hi Guys,

Its really amazing the way life can change you outlook in a 180 degress move on the chess board.

At the end of last year I was having a relaxing night in with my partrner and decided to have some fruit cake and custard. Our relaxing night tuned into a hospital visit with a full anaphalxis reaction in which I blew up with restricted airway, irratic heatbeat, swollen eyes, hands, feet lips. It took me 7 days to rewlly get over this attack. I spent my News Year Year watching everyone else have fun, I smilled and waved at them through a window. I had another attack 1 week later after visiting my allergist. LOL what a journey.

I have since learnt that Salicylates and myself do not mix.

What are salicylates?

Salicylates are chemicals that occur naturally in many plants – they’re a kind of natural pesticide – to protect the plants against insects and diseases. Salicylates are just one group of the hundreds of compounds in foods that can have varying effects on us, depending on how much we eat and how sensitive we are.

How do you pronounce salicylates?

Sall as in sally – i as in ink – sill as in silly – ates as in dates.

What kinds of foods/products are they found in?

Salicylates are found in foods from plants: most fruit, some vegetables, herbs, spices, tea and flavour additives. For example, citrus fruit, berries, tomato sauce and mint flavouring are naturally high in salicylates and so are processed foods with those flavours.

Salicylates are also found in medications, fragrances, industrial chemicals, plastics and some pesticides, and can cause adverse effects when inhaled as well as eaten.

What are some of the symptoms of salicylate sensitivity?

  • headaches or migraines
  • itchy skin rashes such as hives (urticaria), eczema and others
  • irritable bowel symptoms – reflux in babies or adults, nausea, vomiting, stomach bloating and discomfort, wind, diarrhoea and/or constipation
  • bedwetting, cystitis
  • asthma, stuffy or runny nose, nasal polyps, frequent throat clearing,
  • behaviour problems such as irritability, restlessness, inattention, oppositional defiance, symptoms of ADHD
  • sleep disturbance – difficulty falling asleep, night terrors, frequent night waking, sleep apnoea
  • anxiety, depression, panic attacks
  • rapid heart beat and arrythmias
  • tinnitus, hyperacusis, hearing loss
  • joint pain, arthritis, and more ….
  • Short failsafe shopping list
    Short Failsafe Shopping ListFresh fruit and veg MORE DETAILPears Bartlett (Williams), Packham (not apple shaped)Potatoes, chives, garlic, swedes, chokos, red cabbage, mung bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, parsley (for decoration), green beans, celery, cabbage, Brussels sprouts,iceberg lettuce, leeks, shallots

    Bakery and gluten-free MORE DETAIL

    Bread plain white or wholemeal (no 280-3 or 220-8), Breadmix no 282, e.g Laucke’s

    Dairy and non-dairy MORE DETAIL

    Butter Pure e.g. Mainland Butter soft, supermarket own brands, butter blends only if preservative-free e.g. Helga’s Continental style light butter blend

    Cheese Cream cheese (no preservatives 200-203), e.g. Philadelphia, own brands; cottage cheese ( no preservatives e.g. Jalna from health food stores), ricotta cheese (no preservatives e.g. Pantalica)

    Cream Plain; sour cream

    Margarine (no sorbates 200-203, no antioxidants 310-321, no artificial colours, no annatto 160b) e.g Meadowlea original with dairy, Nuttelex dairy-free

    Milk Unflavored, A2

    Meat, poultry, seafood, eggs MORE DETAIL

    Eggs Fresh, free range

    Fish Very fresh e.g. snapper, barramundi, whiting, crab, lobster, oysters, calamari, scallops (not salmon, tuna or prawns)

    Meat Fresh beef, lamb, beef roast, preservative free mince, t-bone or sirloin steak, lamb leg for roasting, diced lamb, lamb loin chops, chump chops for stewing, veal for schnitzel,

    Poultry Whole fresh or frozen chicken (no seasoning, stuffing, self basting or manufactured meat), chicken breast, thighs, pieces (no marinade or flavor enhancers)


    Biscuits Arnotts Sao, Wholemeal Sao, Cruskits, Milk Arrowroot, Scotch Finger, Milk Coffee, Glengarry or Walker Shortbreads

    No dairy – Arnotts original Water Crackers, Salada, Saltine, Vita-Weat original, Shredded Wheatmeal, Kavli and Ryvita crispbreads

    No gluten or dairy – Sunrice plain rice cakes

    (not with corn), plain rice crackers (no flavour enhancers or synthetic antioxidants e.g. Sakata)

    Cake and pancake mix Pastry Mix (White Wings), Plain pancake premix (many – e.g. White Wings, Original Shaker). To avoid added milk use buckwheat

    Cakes and Croissants Woolworths baked in-store croissants; see also Sara Lee Pound Cake and SL Croissants in frozen foods

    Canned and dried vegetables Canned beans eg red kidney, chickpeas, butter beans, borlotti beans, three or more bean mixes, green beans, Surprise dried green beans

    Canned fruit Pears in syrup (not natural juice), Coles diced pear fruit cups

    Cereal Rolled oats no additives, flavours

    Kelloggs Rice Bubbles, Rice Bran, All Bran, Special K, Uncle Toby’s Weeties, Sanitarium Weetbix and other plain, additive free, wholewheat based cereals

    Chips and snacks Arnotts “French Fries” potato straws, Colvan plain chips, Kettle original salted chips, Red Rock Deli plain chips

    Confectionery No colors, preservatives or flavors except limited vanilla. Pascall vanilla marshmallows (white, limited due to flavours), Werthers Original butter candies

    Cooking oils Canola cooking spray, canola, sunflower or safflower oil (not cold pressed, no synthetic antioxidants 310-321)

    Avoid these additivesCOLOURS 102,104,110,122,123,124,127,129, 132,133,142,143,151,155

    natural colour 160b (annatto)


    Sorbates 200-203

    Benzoates 210-219

    Sulphites 220-228

    Nitrates, nitrites 249-252

    Propionates 280-283


    Gallates 310-312

    TBHQ, BHA, BHT 319-321


    Glutamates incl MSG 620-625

    Ribonucleotides 627, 631, 635

    Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (HVP)


    No numbers since they are trade secrets


    Desserts Easiyo yoghurt premixes (natural and vanilla), Sago and Tapioca (Lion brands)

    Dried fruit and nuts Cashew nuts raw eg Natura Natural Cashew Kernels, dried pears (peeled, no sulphite preservatives 220-228)

    Flour Arrowroot flour (gluten free eg McKenzies), Cornflour (gluten free from corn eg White Wings), custard powder (no artifical colour, no annatto 160b eg Orgran gluten-free custard powder, Plain or self raising e.g. Defiance

    Pasta Couscous (e.g. San Remo); plain pasta in any shape (no colours, flavours, fillings)

    Rice Plain e.g. Sunwhite, medium or long grain, Arborio, Doongara, glutinous but not flavored like basmati, jasmine, wild rice

    Salt Sea salt or rock salt preferably iodised (only flavored McCormick garlic salt). No pepper

    Soft drinks Lemonade (no preservative 211 e.g. Schweppes bottled occasionally as lemon has salicylates), tonic water no 211

    Soda Water, sparkling mineral water (no flavours, no additives)

    Soup and soup mixes Dried beans and lentils (e.g. red, brown and green lentils, chickpeas, split peas, red kidney and all other dried beans except broad beans); pearl barley and soup mix (e.g. McKenzies)

    Spreads, jam etc Golden syrup (CSR), Malt extract (e.g. Saunders); No honey, no jam except home-made pear jam

    Sugar Caster sugar, icing sugar (pure is gluten-free), Light brown sugar (not raw, no molasses for colouring), White sugar

    Toppings and ice cream cones Betta natural ice-cream cones; Nestle caramel top and fill

    Pure maple syrup (e.g. Camp)


    Ice cream
    (no colours, no annatto 160b) e.g. Peters original vanilla, Nestle Milky Bar, Norco Natural, Sara Lee French Vanilla, Toppa hokeypokey, Pure Chil or Dairy Bell organic Vanilla from Coles

    Pastry eg Pampas Puff Pastry sheets not rolls, Pampas Butter Puff Pastry sheets not rolls, Home Brand puff pastry

    PersonalMORE DETAIL

    Shampoo Preferably no perfume e.g. DermaVeen shampoo and conditioner from pharmacies

    Skin and sun care Moisturizers (fragrance free e.g. Redwin sorbolene with Vitamin E

    Sunblock (free of parabens or benzoates and unperfumed, e.g Ego Sunsense

    Toothpaste and dental care Plain dental floss (not mint) Unflavored toothpaste see more details

    CleaningMORE DETAIL

    Cleaning vinegar, bicarb soda, methylated spirits (no perfumes)

    General MORE DETAIL

    Tissues and toilet paper
    No perfumes e.g. Sorbent hypoallergenic