Aspirin in your food? Absolutely. Certain foods, mainly fruits, have aspirin-like activity. Here's the proof: When people who are sensitive to aspirin eat such foods, they have reactions similar to those caused by taking aspirin. Because of this, allergists warn aspirin-sensitive people to stay away from foods heavy in salicylates, the stuff aspirin is made of.
The presence of this natural drug might be one more reason certain plant foods guard against cardiovascular disease and cancer, say experts. Salicylates have anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. They also may affect prostaglandins in ways that retard the growth of tumors.
Foods extremely high in natural aspirin (salicylates)