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Recent news reports have implicated the nickel that is found naturally in some healthy foods as responsible for an increased number of food allergy complaints.   Some experts believe that nickel allergy to food is growing due to the numbers of people choosing healthier foods including legumes, whole grains, spinach, oatmeal, and soy.  These staples of a vegetarian diet are considered to be naturally high in nickel content.

If you've been trying to improve your diet, but are wondering why you're experiencing  symptoms such as a rash (often on the palms of your hands or the outside of your elbow), fatigue, mouth sores or irritation, and/or muscle twitches, you may want to plan a visit to an allergist who specializes in food allergies.  These symptoms are characteristic of nickel allergy to food, and can be confirmed by a specialist.  While your doctor will have recommendations specific to your situation, some studies show that taking vitamin C, especially in chewable tablet form, and eating a diet high in iron may counteract the negative effects of nickel.

Unlike some foods that may result in immediate and even life-threatening allergy symptoms, nickel is cumulative, building up until symptoms appear.    Since there may be no way to immediately tell if nickel is causing problems, let your allergist make the call. If you've experienced nickel allergy to the metal in jewelry or belt buckles, there is evidence to indicate you may be at an increased risk for nickel allergy to food. If you are aware that you have nickel allergy, consider the Nickel Allergy Experts of NoNickel, an Athena Allergy company, as a great resource.  Along with current and knowledgeable information, we offer a stylish line of nickel free belts for men, women, teens, and children.  As jewelry is often a major concern for nickel allergy sufferers, there are beautiful handmade nickel free earrings, sterling silver earrings, titanium rings, and watches -all certified nickel free.

You will also find an extensive list of nickel-laden foods to avoid, in addition to foods safe for a low nickel diet on the websites.  With over forty-five years of nickel allergy experience, the owners of and Athena Allergy are trusted advocates for those suffering with nickel allergy.    



Every year just before Easter, the phones at start ringing off their hooks.  Parents and other concerned adults are wondering, "Is it safe to eat chocolate if you have a nickel allergy?  Can I give my nickel allergic child a solid chocolate treat without worry?"

Interesting questions especially since many people consider nickel allergy to be a rash that is confined to the area of skin where the nickel in metal comes into contact.  However, some highly allergic individuals experience systemic contact dermatitis, or a rash appearing in locations other than where the nickel makes contact, or even itching on their hands and feet.  In these cases, there is evidence to suggest that lowering the amount of nickel in their diet could be beneficial.

Michael Dow, company owner, has this to say, "Check with your dermatologist or allergist before giving up chocolate or any foods on the nickel allergy diet.  For the majority of people, nickel in the diet is not a problem.  Only those who are severely allergic to nickel may benefit from this extreme diet. In other words, why give up chocolate if you don't have to?!"

The nickel allergy diet he mentions can be found on our website along with other helpful tips on avoiding nickel. 

Link found between nickel from diet and hand eczema.

For many people nickel allergy means they have a difficult time wearing jewelry that contains nickel.  A rash would appear where their skin touches the metal unless they used Nickel Guard barrier.

Studies have found that certain foods which are high in nickel can cause problems for nickel allergic individuals.  The nickel ingested from the diet can contribute to systemic contact dermatitis (an all over body rash) and especially aggravate hand eczema (hand dermatitis). 

Everyone ingests nickel on a daily basis. Nickel is everywhere.  The amount of nickel ingested varies and depends on whether the food is grown in nickel-rich soil, whether the food is fresh or canned, the cooking utensils used and the amount of nickel in the water that is consumed.

Before giving up chocolate, contact a dermatologist or allergist specializing in contact dermatitis to see if a low nickel diet is recommended. 

Individuals who have severe nickel allergy and have hand eczema (hand dermatitis) may do well to reduce the following foods known to be high in nickel:

  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Baking powder
  • Brown lentils
  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Canned foods
  • Chocolate
  • Corn
  • Food cooked with or in nickel-containing utensils
  • Hazelnuts
  • Herring
  • Licorice
  • Margarine
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Oysters
  • Peanuts
  • Pears
  • Peas
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Tea
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Whole meal flour

Nickel is also found in medications, vitamins and herbal remedies.  Further discussions to follow.

Cookware can tested for nickel to determine nickel content.


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