Elimination Diet

The Elimination Diet developed by the RPAH Allergy Unit is used to confirm food intolerance. That is intolerance to food chemicals: salicylates, amines and glutamate.  These foods chemicals can cause a very wide range of symptoms in people who are sensitive to them.

The very strict version the Elimination Diet is sometimes refferred to as the FAILSAFE DIET.  A name given by Sue Dengate, from Fedup and creator or the Failsafe Cookbooks.

FAILSAFE stands for Free of Additives, Low in Salicylates, Amines and Flavour Enhancers. It is a diet which focuses on reducing your intake of three chemical compounds that occur naturally in many fresh foods, as well as food additives and preservatives.

The failsafe diet is proving to be beneficial to many  people with blood, gut and neuroimmune disorders  like migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ASD, and ADHD.    This diet has many overlaps with the Feingold diet, but is more comprehensive as it is not just free from additives and low in salicylates but also amines and glutamates.


The failsafe diet excludes strong tasting and smelling foods and environmental chemicals, in particular:

  1. About fifty artificial food additives including colours (like tartrazine, sunset yellow), flavours, preservatives and antioxidants (sulphites, nitrates, benzoates, sorbates, parabens).
  2. Salicylates (aspirin) and polyphenols (natural flavours, colours and preservatives) found in a wide range of fruits and vegetables.
  3. Neurotransmitters in food: free glutamates (MSG) and amines (histamine, serotonin, dopamine, phenylethylamine, tyramine and others) found in aged proteins and fermented foods like cheese, chocolate, game, and hung meat.
  4. Aromatic (strong smelling and tasting) chemicals found in perfumes, cleaning products, commercial cosmetics, and scented and coloured toiletries, especially mint and menthol products.
  5. Some pharmaceutical drugs, including aspirinNSAIDS and other COX II inhibitors including ibuprofen, and the methyl-salicylates found in decongestants and anti-inflammatory creams.





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