Salicylic acid foods

Updated April 17, 2017

Salicylic acid is most popularly known as being an agent in over-the-counter acne treatments. However, it appears naturally in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices. Experts at the website Food Info. say that salicylic acid is colourless and considered a crystalline organic acid. It is soluble in alcohol, but not so much in water. Although foods may naturally contain this acid, when put into facial or beauty products, it can be harmful to ingest.

Vegetables With Salicylic Acid

Green peppers, olives, champignon, mushrooms, chicory, tomatoes and radishes contain high amounts of salicylic acid. Alfalfa, broccoli, cucumber, fava beans, spinach and sweet potato do as well. Canned asparagus and canned olives, lettuce, marrow, pumpkin, and mangetout have moderate amounts. Fresh asparagus, cauliflower and onions have very little traces of salicylic acids.

Fruits With Salicylic Acid

Food Info. also labels its fruits by amount of acid. Apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, dates, guava, raisins, Granny Smith apples, avocados, red cherries, red grapes, mandarin and tangelo all have high amounts of salicylic acid. Grape juice, kiwi, lychee, loquat, nectarine, plum and watermelon have moderate traces. Fruits with very low amounts of this acid are: gold and red delicious apples, sour cherries, green grapes, lemon, mango and passion fruit.

Nuts, Seeds and Seasoning With Salicylic Acid

Almonds, pecans, pine nuts, macademias and pistachios have high levels of salicylic acid. Coconuts and Brazil nuts have moderate amounts, while pecans, sesame seeds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds have low amounts. Peanut butter also has a low amount. Canella, cumin, curry powder, dill, oregano, paprika, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, mustard and vegemite are on the higher scale of salicylic acid. Fennel, vinnegar, saffron and soy sauce have low grades of the this acid.

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