Low Nickel Grocery Shopping Tips

Low Nickel Grocery Shopping Tips

Now that you know what foods I avoid that are high in nickel, I wanted to provide some insight into the raw foods I purchase at the grocery store to eat the low nickel diet. There is a lot of conflicting data online about the low nickel diet. The low nickel diet itself has been deemed “controversial” in some circles. However I’ve personally found great relief from my eczema when I avoid foods high in nickel.

There are foods on this that I eat, which you might avoid. Always do what’s best for you. Writing about my personal experience, I haven’t had issues with any of these foods.

When so much of our food is processed, it's important to always check the label to make sure there's no hidden ingredients that could be high in nickel.

When so much of our food is processed, it’s important to always check the label to make sure there’s no hidden ingredients that could be high in nickel.

If you’re buying anything processed, I recommend you always read food labels and the ingredients even if you’ve purchased the product prior, as companies regularly update their recipes and ingredient lists without notice. I used to eat cheerios cereal daily for over 15 years until one day they began using oat flour. I failed to read the ingredients every time I purchased the cereal and when they added oat flour I didn’t realize the change until I had terrible eczema. Using a food journal and process of elimination I figured out the cheerios was causing my eczema. Even though reading ingredients every time on processed foods can be time consuming, before long it will become a habit and you’ll be happy you always checked.

Here’s a list of raw foods I eat that are not high in nickel with specific tips when purchasing the foods at the grocery store. Click here for PDF copy of the low nickel raw food grocery list to take with you to the store. The key to a  more balanced diet, even on the low nickel diet, is to eat a variety of colorful foods. Feel free to take this list with you when you’re grocery shopping and/or contact me if you have any questions.

Grains & Wheat

I only purchase bread at a local bakery, where they use minimal ingredients of flour, water, yeast and olive oil. I always ask them the ingredients of the bread. Often they have to print out the price tag to tell me.

I only purchase bread at a local bakery, where they use minimal ingredients of flour, water, yeast and olive oil. I always ask them the ingredients of the bread. Often they have to print out the price tag to tell me.

– white rice
– white flour
– white bread (with no soy flour, soy lecithin or soybean oil)
– cornmeal
– barley
– rye
– pasta (that’s not whole grain, not made from quinoa, doesn’t include seed ingredients)
– popcorn

Meats (my preference is lean, organic and grass fed meat if possible)

– beef
– chicken
– turkey
– bison
– lamb
– pork
– salmon
– halibut
– cod
– scallops
– tuna (if canned, make sure there’s no vegetable broth as that usually contains soy and it’s not always disclosed)

Vegetables

Cilantro and parsley are so good for you and can help remove nickel from your body.

Cilantro and parsley are so good for you and can help remove nickel from your body.

– bell peppers (of every color)
– beets
– sweet potatoes
– yams
– red and white potatoes
– zucchini
– spaghetti squash
– butternut squash
– acorn squash
– pumpkin
– corn
– rhubarb
– asparagus
– cucumbers
– cilantro
– parsley
– celery
– carrots
– onions
– tomatoes
– turnips
– radishes
– eggplant
– broccoli
– cauliflower
– brussel sprouts
– garlic
– mushrooms

Fruits

I crave sweet foods and fresh fruit is one of the best natural sweet treats!

I crave sweet foods and fresh fruit is one of the best natural sweet treats!

– apples
– oranges
– lemons
– limes
– grapefruit
– tangerines
– clementines
– cherries
– strawberries
– blueberries
– boysenberries
– blackberries
– gooseberries
– papaya
– kiwi
– avocado
– mango
– bananas
– pears
– apricots
– nectarines
– grapes
– watermelon
– honeydew melon
– cantaloupe

Miscellaneous

I love dairy foods and don't know of any of them being high in nickel.

I love dairy foods and don’t know of any of them being high in nickel.

– milk
– cottage cheese
– sour cream
– yogurt (with no soy)
– eggs
– cheese (make sure to still read the ingredients)
– spices and cooking seasonings (make sure to still read the ingredients)
– tea (make sure to still read the ingredients, as sometimes it can include soy or soy lecithin)
– coffee
– honey
– olive oil
– canola oil
– cornstarch
– tapioca flour
– butter (without soy and packaged in paper and not aluminum foil)
– vanilla (in small quantities)
– baking powder (in small quantities)
– baking soda (in small quantities)

Click here for PDF copy of the low nickel raw food grocery list to take with you to the store.