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Foods that contain nickel

Alice T Breeze
By Alice T Breeze. Updated: January 16, 2017
Foods that contain nickel

Nickel is a chemical that we can find in many food nowadays, especially in tin and canned food. In recent times, many people have started to develop nickel allergies. In fact, nickel is one of the main causes for metal allergies, as they can trigger dermatitis and eczema. Thus, these people need to avoid foods that contain nickel. Moreover, a recent study performed on people with a nickel allergy has also concluded a high-nickel diet also increases weight.

So, if you want to go on a low-nickel diet and try to avoid certain foods, take a look at our list of foods that contain nickel.

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  1. Grains
  2. Vegetables & pulses
  3. Fruit
  4. Dairy
  5. Meat & fish


The amount of nickel used in soil when growing grains makes them a source of nickel,though there are certain foods that have a high amount of this chemical no matter what soil is used to grow them. If you are allergic you should avoid the following:

  • Buckwheat
  • Oats
  • Whole Wheat
  • Multigrain breads
  • Wheat germ
  • Whole wheat pasta
Foods that contain nickel - Grains

Vegetables & pulses

As we have said before the amount of nickel in the soil used to grow vegetables can affect your allergy. When cooked with stainless steel, acidic fruit and vegetables can have great quantities of this chemical. Also try to avoid the canned version of any vegetable.

  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Lentils
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Soy
  • Tofu
  • Spinach
  • Kidney beans
  • Carrots
  • Corn
Foods that contain nickel - Vegetables & pulses


Though fruit has lots of benefits for our body, we should moderate consumption of the following vegetables and totally avoid canned fruits and cocktails. The use of modern agricultural pesticides and and fertilizers can also create a high amount of nickel in our fruit.

  • Banana
  • Pears
  • Tomato
  • Rhubarb

It's important to take fruits rich in vitamin C to counteract the effect of nickel in our body.

Foods that contain nickel - Fruit


Obviously, canned condensed milk can also contain a high amount of nickel, as does cocoa, especially dark chocolate. Avoid drinking chocolate milk , especially dark chocolate.

Foods that contain nickel - Dairy

Meat & fish

Fish is especially consumed in cans, so avoid buying this kind of products, as well as meat with fillers and coatings, as they also have a high amount of nickel. Avoid the following:

  • Shellfish
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Processed meats
Foods that contain nickel - Meat & fish

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Avoid cooking with stainless steel kitchenwear
  • Tap water can also contain high doses of nickel, try to drink bottled water when possible
  • Take vitamin C and iron supplements before every meal
  • If you are looking for a vitamin supplement, read the ingredients carefully to check if it has nickel.
  • The highest ingestion of nickel per day in the world is found in Denmark. This is due to the amount of cereal and pulses they consume in their diet daily.
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