Some people have significant reactions when ingesting items with salicylates. Salicylates are a major ingredient in aspirin and some other pain-relieving medications as well as certain fruits, vegetables, and health and beauty products. Margaret Moss, director of the Nutrition and Allergy Clinic in Cheshire, England, provides an introduction.
Problems connected with salicylates
Decades ago, Dr. Feingold realized that hyperactive children didn’t only have a problem with the additives in processed food, but some of them also had problems with certain natural fruits and vegetables. In particular, he blamed salicylates contained in them.
Some people found this hard to take. Didn’t we evolve in the Stone Age, eating fruits and vegetables? Aren’t they full of nutrients? Why should they have become a problem? However, problems have been reported with salicylates, including asthma, urticaria (hives), rashes, swelling, sore eyes, nasal polyps, diarrhea, nausea, poor memory and concentration, headaches, bed wetting, coughs, fatigue, tinnitus, and depression.