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Nickel Allergy: Foods with High Concentrate to Avoid

Updated on July 6, 2013
Is there nickel in food products?
Is there nickel in food products? | Source

Statistics show that approximately every 5th person is suffering from nickel allergy of which the majority is women.

Nickel is a component in several types of jewelleries, belt buckles, coins, as well as glasses frames, some cosmetics, such as eye liners or even hair dye products. It can also be found in many natural and artificial foods.

Fatigue is a common symptom of nickel allergy.
Fatigue is a common symptom of nickel allergy. | Source

What are the Symptoms of Nickel Allergy?

Nickel allergy could be a possible cause of rashes and eczema on the skin appearing after wearing jewelleries. This dermatological reaction is visible and could be an indicator of other underlying health problems.

Other symptoms of this type of metal allergy may include headache, nausea, fatigue, anaemia, diarrhea, asthma, etc. In these cases the allergic reactions could be caused by nickel absorbed with food.

Will tomatoes stay on the grocery list?
Will tomatoes stay on the grocery list? | Source

Which Foods Contain a High Concentrate of Nickel?

There are several edible products which are otherwise good for our health but due to the high concentrate of nickel in them they could also be harmful for us. Hence they should be consumed only in small quantities or avoided all together.

Foods containing a high concentrate of nickel:

  • Over 1000 µg/kg: oat, chocolate, tomato concentrate, lentils, almond, hazelnut, walnut
  • 200-1000 µg/kg: foods cooked in metal pans, asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, green beans, wholemeal bread, yeast powder, margarine, clam, oyster, potato, peas, tomato, spinach, dried plums
  • 50-200 µg/kg: apricot, lobster, broccoli, onion, corn, pear, avocado, carrot, lettuce, fig, mushroom, raisin-grape, buckwheat, licorice, herring, tea, rhubarb

data source:

An Interesting News Story on the Subject

Further Information

Find out more on make up products containing nickel from my other article:

Nickel Allergy: Makeup Products

If you think that you might have nickel allergy, it is highly recommended that you visit a doctor and take an allergy test. Based on the result the doctor will provide you with further information and advice you on the next steps.

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    • Zsuzsi profile imageAUTHOR


      18 months ago from London

      Hi Maria, I've written an article about makeup products that you might find useful:

      I'd also recommend to meet with a specialist who will advise based on your personal needs.

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      21 months ago


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      5 years ago

      If a practitioner suspcet allergies, they should buck-up and refer the patient to a qualified Allergy specialist. Then once the diagnosis is made, they can help the patient find out how to live with it. Thank your health coach for their interest, take the documents they give you, and make an appointment to get to the allergist.

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      5 years ago

      That's a nicely made answer to a chennalgilg question

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      7 years ago

      You're Welcome.

    • Zsuzsi profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London

      I learnt from my doctor that nickel can store up in the body, that's why the allergic symptoms could appear after months and years. It can also be reduced by avoiding Foods and products containing this metal. I haven't learnt about this benefit of vitamin C but it's good to know that it also has a positive effect on nickel allergy. Thanks for the tip!

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      7 years ago

      Actually if you take a Vitamin C Supplement with every meal it will get rid of the Nickel in your body. I'm allergic to Nickel.

    • Zsuzsi profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London

      Thank you! Unfortunately nickel is present in many foods that otherwise could be great vitamin sources and tomatoes are just one of them.

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      Kim Anne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Nickel in tomatoes???????? Very interesting! Voted up for interesting!


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