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The Nickel Allergy Diet



Severely allergic
individuals may choose to avoid foods which are rich in nickel. Dietary intake of some foods have been shown to aggravate dermatitis especially hand dermatitis.

Before giving up chocolate, contact a dermatologist or allergist specializing in contact dermatitis to see if you need to avoid some foods which typically contain higher amounts of nickel, including:
SIMPLIFIED LOW NICKEL DIET 


Grains


Avoid


Whole wheat bread, multi grain breads, multi grain cereals, wheat bran, wheat germ, whole wheat pasta, oats, oatmeal, buckwheat, seeds, rye, millet

Vegetables

Avoid

Beans, lentils, peas, soy products (tofu, soy sauce, soy beans) sprouts, brussel sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, canned vegetables, red kidney beans, chickpeas, cabbage, corn, mushrooms, onions, carrots

Fruits

Avoid

Canned fruit cocktail, pears, bananas, canned fruits, tomatoes, raisins, rhubarb, dried fruit

Meats

Avoid

Shellfish, herring, mackerel, tuna, processed meats with fillers or coatings, canned meats and fish

Beverages

Avoid

Tea, chocolate milk, beer, red wine

 

OTHER SOURCES OF DIETARY NICKEL TO AVOID

Chocolate and cocoa powder (especially dark chocolate)

All nuts (walnuts, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, soy nuts)

All seeds (sunflower seeds, linseed)

Licorice

Baking powder

Gelatin
Marzipan
Margarine

Commercial salad dressings

Vitamins containing nickel

Canned foods in general

Stainless-steel cooking vessels used for cooking acidic foods

The first quart of tap water drawn from any faucet in the morning. 


WAYS TO PREVENT YOUR BODY FROM ABSORBING THE NICKEL YOU EAT

Take a vitamin C supplement with each meal.

Eat a high iron diet

 

Sharma AD. Relationship between nickel allergy and diet. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol.
2007: 73:307-312.

 

Zirwas, M, Molenda M. Dietary Nickel as a Cause of Systemic Contact Dermatitis
June 2009 JCAD Online

~Did You Know?

Nickel is also found in some medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies.

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