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How can I go Paleo with a true salicylate sensitivity?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I love my vehetables but they do not love me... well that is the broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and other stuff high in salicylates. I get joint pain and blisters from them. have done a full elimination diet and salicylates are some of my worst enemys... as is / are soy products etc.

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Correct. There is no paleo requirement to eat any particular food. Or even to eat vegetables. Or plants. Eggs are very nutritious. But if you have an egg allergy, don't eat them! Just eat paleo stuff that doesn't give you problems. And enjoy what you eat. Stressing about food is unhealthy.

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on March 26, 2012
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I don't see why you would need to include those things anyway, plenty of other dietary fish in the paleo sea.

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Correct. There is no paleo requirement to eat any particular food. Or even to eat vegetables. Or plants. Eggs are very nutritious. But if you have an egg allergy, don't eat them! Just eat paleo stuff that doesn't give you problems. And enjoy what you eat. Stressing about food is unhealthy.

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on March 26, 2012
at 02:12 PM

Yeah. I see your point. If you can't eat broccoli, brussel sprouts, or cauliflower, you might as well just switch back to hearthealthywholegrains, soda, and Snicker's bars.

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on March 26, 2012
at 10:28 PM

I had a huge salicylate problem before I changed my diet. I'd be fine eating a few salicylate containing foods, but would find if I overdid it (tomatoes and cucumbers seemed to be a particular problem for me) I would be covered in angry red hives.

Once I realised the problem I completely avoided all foods with more than a low level of salicylates - it seems that once I had a very low/ negliagble level in my system I'd be able to tolerate the occasional meal/ drink high in salicylates.

Oddly, now I find I have quite an aversion to high-salicylate foods, which I used to love. But having said that, I've had no outbreaks at all since I've been Paleo.

Have you seen the tables with the relative salicylate levels? Worth eating from there to get it out of your system for a while I'd say.

I definitely think paleo helps - you just have to favour things like leeks and cabbage and avoid tomatoes/ peppers/ cucumbers - at least initially.

I still have a big problem with drugs like aspirin and would never take those again, but would now happily occasionally be able to eat even the high level fruit and veg.

Good luck!

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on March 26, 2012
at 02:24 PM

I guess the big question is can you reduce or even cure this sensitivity by eliminating them for a period of time and actively trying to heal the gut? If so, I would say work on that an slowly introduce the vegetables you enjoy. If not, it's a matter of risk/reward. For me gluten exposure is not worth the 7 days of hell I go through, but the gassy feeling I get from eating deliciously roasted brussel sprouts is well worth it!

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