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Feingold Diet

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Nonsalicylate fruits that may be eaten at any stage of the program include:

During stage two, all foods free of synthetic additives are acceptable, including, but not limited to:

Foods to Avoid

The Feingold Association recommends that naturally occurring salicylates are removed from the diet in the early weeks of the program. Under the guidance of a practitioner knowledgeable in the Feingold diet, people with a sensitivity (or suspected sensitivity) to salicylates should avoid all foods containing salicylates to see if symptoms improve. These include:

In addition to salicylates, the following ingredients and additives should be avoided. These may be found not only in foods, but also in cleaning supplies, art supplies, and toiletries.

  • Synthetic dyes
  • Artificial flavorings (including the synthetic sweetener aspartame)
  • Three preservatives: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole); BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene); and TBHQ (tertiary butyl hydroquinone)

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