Low Nickel Diet for Nickel Allergy

Careful selection of food with relatively low nickel concentration can bring a reduction in the total dietary intake of nickel per day.  This can lead to fewer and shorter flares but may not completely eliminate all your symptoms.

To see if this will work, it is important that you follow this strictly for 1 to 3 months. If you do not see improvement after following this diet for 1 to 3 months, contact your dietitian and/or doctor.

As with all food sensitivities and allergies, it is recommended that you keep a food diary in order to track what works for you and what doesn’t work for you. To do this write down all foods and also make note of time and type of symptoms you get. Also make note of no reaction.

Things to keep in mind:

The amount of nickel in the soil and water used to grow the food can affect nickel content of foods.

Avoid or moderate canned foods. Processed and canned foods can add nickel via equipment used in manufacturing and leaching from the metallic can.

Run the water in your sink for a few minutes before using it to ingest. Tap water may contain nickel. Hot water can leach nickel from faucets into the water sitting overnight in the fixtures.

Avoid stainless steel cookware and utensils when cooking with acidic foods. Stainless steel cookware such as stainless steel can leach nickel into the food if cooking with acidic foods such as tomato, vinegar or lemon.

Consider vitamin C and/or iron supplementation with meals. Eating foods high in vitamin C and iron can reduce the absorption of ingested nickel.  Avoid or moderate vitamin supplements/drinks containing nickel.


FRUIT Peaches, pears, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries are all considered to be low-nickel fruits. Any of these can be eaten fresh or cooked, but not canned. Raspberries, pineapple, figs, dates, and prunes should be avoided. Apples, tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits are low in nickel content but can exacerbate allergy symptoms

VEGETABLE Recommended vegetables include: bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, and cruciferous greens (cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy). Avoid green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, lettuce), bean sprouts and legumes, especially dried beans and lentils,peas, spinach,  soy anything.

DAIRY All plain dairy products–milk, cream, cheese, butter, yogurt–are allowed. Avoid chocolate milk and raspberry or citrus yogurt.

GRAINS Refined wheat and most corn products are permitted on this diet. Pasta, white rice, cornflakes, cornmeal, and white breads are all low-nickel foods. Whole wheat and multigrain flours, however, are high in nickel content. Avoid wheat and oat bran, oatmeal, brown rice, and flower seeds (such as sunflower and sesame), whole wheat pasta, buckwheat, millet, muesli, multi grain breads, brown rice, wheat germ, oatmeal.

NUTS SEEDS SOY Avoid nuts, seeds, and soy.

ANIMAL PROTEIN Most kinds of animal protein are low in nickel content. Chicken, turkey, beef, and eggs are recommended. Shellfish, such as shrimp and oysters, and salmon are higher in nickel. Do not eat canned meats and fish, such as tuna.

BEVERAGES Alcoholic beverages, coffee, and tea (though not from urns or machines) are allowed, as are sodas, and juices from low-nickel fruits. Avoid apple and citrus juices and chocolate drinks.

AGGRAVATING FOODS Various food items and drinks can aggravate nickel dermatitis even though the nickel content of these foods may be low. These include beer, wine (in particular, red wine), herring, mackerel, tuna, tomato, onion, carrot, and certain fruits, in particular, apples and citrus fruits (juice). These vegetables can usually be tolerated when cooked.


All canned items

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

All seeds (sunflower seeds, linseed)





Commercial salad dressings

Vitamins containing nickel

Baking powder



Chocolate and cocoa drinks, especially dark chocolate, chocolate milk and raspberry or citrus yogurt



Dried Fruits

Fiber Tablets Containing Wheat Bran

Figs Fresh and Dried



Legumes: Peas, Lentils, Peanut, Soy Beans and Chickpeas






Multigrain Breads



Peas (Including Split Peas)




Red Kidney Beans



Shellfish (Shrimp, Oysters, Mussels)

Soy Products


Sunflower Seeds

Sweets Containing Chocolate


Tea from Dispensers that may be made with nickel

Vitamin/Mineral Supplements Containing Nickel

Wheat Bran Products (Whole Wheat Breads And Cereals)

Whole Grain

Whole Wheat

FOODS LOW IN NICKEL CONTENT   (GF= gluten free)  Some may aggravate symptoms

1/2 & 1/2

Apple Pie (GF crust)

Apples and citrus fruits and their juices





Beer can aggravate symptoms



Brussel Sprouts



Cakes and biscuits not containing Buckwheat almonds or other nuts, cocoa,




Cheddar Cheese





Cottage cheese

Cranberry juice



Dill pickles



Fish such as herring, mackerel and tuna can aggravate symptoms

Flour, white wheat

GF Mac n Cheese

GF ramen noodles

Grape Juice




Hot dog




Maple Syrup


Meatloaf with GF binder


Millet or chocolate Muesli and other similar breakfast cereals



Onion small amount

Oranges can aggravate symptoms







Poultry, eggs and fish (except salmon)

Raw tomatoes, onions and carrots


Rice or corn cereals

Rice, white



Spinach small amount



Tomato small amount

Tuna in water (but NOT a can) can aggravate symptoms



Vanilla ice cream


White rice

Whole grain rye and wheat in moderation

Wine (especially red wine) can aggravate symptoms



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Penn State Nickel Diet https://goo.gl/kwD33P

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Camp Muir Mt. Rainier Day Hike Trip Report

Sunday 9-10-17 Jim and I hiked up to Camp Muir and had the most glorious alpine adventure!

This hike is a strenuous, yet rewarding, scenic ascent from the Mt. Rainier Paradise Visitor Center to the Camp Muir base camp for many Mount Rainier summit expeditions climbing The Ingraham Glacier/Disappointment Cleaver. Climbers usually hike to Camp Muir the day before they climb to rest and acclimate to the altitude, a little over 10,000 feet. I’ve done this hike countless times and this was Jim’s first. We have been hiking all summer and he was fit and ready!

“The trek to Camp Muir is exhilarating but is not a hike to be taken lightly. It’s tougher than it looks and the weather can change unexpectedly. This hike is only recommended for strong, experienced hikers, who are prepare.” ~VisitRainier.com

To make your trip safe and enjoyable follow these packing tips. 

I have some valuable tips for your Camp Muir Day Hike here.

Jim and I arrived at Paradise at 830am. Temps were in the low 60’s. I elected to wear shorts, a wicking tshirt followed by a wicking long sleeve, a down vest and a fleece jacket. After 10 minutes, I took off the vest and jacket.  








We got our early start and were on the trail by 9 a.m. About 5 minutes into our hike, some hikers stopped to alert us that a bear was right off the trail. We easily saw the large black bear stripping berries off low bushes. We observed and photographed him then moved as a group past and he lumbered off.








The hike to Camp Muir starts on the Skyline Trail at Paradise, the nine-mile round-trip rambles innocently through gorgeous meadows, scrambling chipmunks and lolling fat marmots before climbing the strenuous (always) snow covered steep 2.2 miles and 2,800 vertical feet up the Muir Snowfield. This Skyline alpine trail contrasts to the world of rocky outcropping and the snow and ice of the higher mountain. We lucked out and despite starting the hike out chilly and in the low clouds with no view of Mt. Rainier, the clouds disappeared as we gained elevation and the sky was blue and the mountain, beckoning.








Conditions for hiking in snow were perfect and there was a good track to follow and we found that we did not need traction devices called microspikes though we

 carried them.

We kept a steady pace with a few rests on one of the rock “islands” in the snowfield. While snacking, we took in the views of the mountain ahead and the Tatoosh range behind which were breathtaking.

It took us 4.5 hours until we could see Camp Muir in the distance. Those last thousand

 feet of the climb are the most difficult. The Muir Snowfield seems to stretch on forever before you see the buildings and when you do finally see Camp Muir, it looks closer than it is and feels like you’re making no progress at all as you climb. At this point we began the rest-step and pressure breathe to help to raise blood oxygen levels.

Once we got to Camp Muir, after 5 hours of steep hiking, we found it relatively quiet. There was a group of RMI climbers RMI just led up as we were climbing, a few day-hikers and a few men who were attempting the summit the next day. As we explored, I showed Jim the stone public bunkhouse, a bunk house for the RMI Guide Service clients to rest in, a NPS Ranger Hut, outhouses and typically dozens of tents set up between rock outcroppings; today only two. Jim and I took off our boots and had a snack. We lingered there in the sun for about an hour (temps in the low 70’s) enjoying the dramatic views from Muir that reach all the way to central Oregon on a clear day. We were able to see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.

On the way down, we decided to see how we were able to descend without microspikes. It turned out that he snow had softened enough that going down was as tiring as climbing up. The snow wasn’t soft enough to plunge-step and so struggled to keep our balance. Once we put on our microspikes it was easier. On the way down, we took advantage of some glissade chutes. (To glissade is to slide down the snow on your rear on a garbage sack). We had safe glissade conditions, speeds weren’t too fast and we had so much fun. Definitely the way to descend! What a wonderful day.