Salicylate Sensitivity

Hi Three to Five a Day Tribe! It’s no secret, I love roasted vegetables. Acorn squash, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, spaghetti squash, hey, I don’t discriminate. However, since I also think of my body like a science experiment, I have recently discovered after I eat roasted broccoli, my knees, especially my right knees, gets really red, are warm to the touch and itchy internally (which is a sure sign of inflammation). I did some of my own further investigating and discovered I may have a salicylate sensitivity or intolerance.

What is a Salicylate Intolerance?

You may be wondering, “What is a salicylate sensitivity or intolerance?” Great question! Salicylates are derived from salicylic acid and naturally occur in plants as a defense mechanism to protect them from harmful bacteria, diseases, fungi and insects. Isn’t Mother Nature so smart! Seriously, she’s absolutely fascinating.

There are many foods that naturally contain salicylates. They can also found in synthetic form where they are added to many processed foods and medications to act as a preservative. It’s important to note, salicylates are also found in common products like lotion, medications, mouthwash, perfumes and toothpaste, so if you are super sensitive, you may want to avoid putting them on your skin.

Many people can eat salicylate foods without experiencing any issues, but there are some people (probably me) who may experience adverse effects after eating foods containing salicylates. Some foods naturally high in salicylates include: apples, broccoli, dates, mint, peanuts, and tomatoes.

Some people can eat these foods in small amounts, others cannot eat these foods without having a reaction. By paying close attention to my body, I realize I can only manage about one cup of broccoli before my body begins to have a reaction. Anything more than that and I begin to have a reaction, symptoms listed above. However, it’s interesting to note that some other foods containing salicylates do not cause a reaction in my body.

As I always say, everybody and every body is different, so if you notice yourself having a reaction to certain foods, trying eliminating them for 30 days and slowly introducing them one at a time while paying extra close attention to how your body reacts to each. If you are like me and suspect you may have a salicylate sensitivity or intolerance, check out this list of foods to avoid and those you can enjoy.

Decreasing my intake of broccoli three to five days a week,

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