Refreshing Sunset Smoothie (moderate sals)
Prep time: 5m
Yield: 1 serving
Delicious smoothie - with moderate salicylates featuring banana, mango and cucumber.
- 1 cup frozen mango (peeled)
- 1 cup chopped frozen banana
- 1/3 cup peeled long (English) cucumber
- Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender or Nutri bullet and blend on high until smooth.
- Adjust taste or add more liquid if needed.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
This milk-free smoothie features a new ingredient on the low chemical list, peeled cucumber. Please be advised that this is a new addition, and therefore it is recommended to introduce cucumber slowly once your skin is stable while on the Eczema Detox program.
This recipe is from Eczema Life, a group created to help people with skin rashes including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea and TSW/red skin syndrome. The founder and nutritionist is Karen Fischer who also created Skin Friend, a line of supplements and skin products to improve troublesome skin.
Food photos and recipe by Katie Layland.
Cucumber (variety not specified) has been added to the RPAH's list as medium salicylates. However, Malakar et al. 2017 measured "long peeled cucumbers" as a medium salicylate (2.93mg/kg) which includes both bound and free salicylates. The levels are about equal to celery, cabbage, and golden delicious apples (peeled) - if that gives you any context to how you may or may not react. The common, normal cucumber, ranks higher in the same study (5.81mg/kg), so I definitely recommend looking for the long, English cucumbers.
Mango has mixed results for me. They've been tested low/negligible in 1985 and 2011, and RPAH lists them as HIGH. RPAH does not distinguish if it's high because of salicylates though - they always combine amines and salicylates together, and mango is high in amines. However, Malakar et al 2017 did test Mango as high (7.09 mg/kg) which includes free and bound salicylates. They did not specify if it was peeled or not, nor what species/variety. For context, banana scored (5.39mg/kg - high) in the same study so if you can tolerate bananas well, you may be ok with mango.
I personally (Sarah VA) like the atulfo/honey/Manilla/yellow mangoes and can tolerate a half a peeled mango every once in a while. These little mangoes taste more buttery, are less fibrous, and are usually less tangy/acidic tasting.