Is Chocolate High in Salicylates?

by | Dec 31, 2022

Like many people around the world, I am a huge lover of chocolate – dark and bitter, white and creamy, swirled in a drink or sprinkled on dessert, I love it all. Needless to say, I was relieved to find out that chocolate is listed as negligible in the RPAH elimination handbook and thus can be enjoyed liberally by the salicylate sensitive.

I should point out however that there are a few caveats to this chocolatey green light for the salicylate sensitive. The chocolate you consume mustn’t-contain any nuts (other than cashew) as most nut varietals contain high levels of salicylate. The chocolate must also be void of dried fruits (also high in salicylate), mint/peppermint flavour and flavouring essences (e.g vanilla essence).

If you are also one of the unlucky souls who are also amine sensitive, chocolate, unfortunately, may not be tolerated well as it’s listed as very high in amines, in which case carob might be a better fit.

Examples of chocolate I enjoy on a regular basis include the following:

  • Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate
  • Crio Bru Coffee Substitute 
  • Nestle Plaistowe Premium Cocoa
  • Milky Bar White Chocolate
  • Haagen Dazs Chocolate Ice Cream

DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 


  1. MJE

    Thank you for posting about chocolate and salicylates it’s been really helpful. I’ve recently discovered that my chronic poor skin condition was as a result of eating salicylates (e.g. avocado and tomato concentrate). It’s great to know chocolate is actually ok.

    • brigid

      Oh, very sorry to hear about your chronic skin condition. Glad to hear the post was helpful 😊


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