You cannot (and should not) attempt to remove all histamine from your diet. Why? Because you can’t get away from them! If you are on a low histamine diet due to histamine intolerance, your best bet is to simply reduce the amount of high histamine foods you eat. Use this list to help you lower your histamine load.
High Histamine Food List – Don’t Eat These!
Stay away from High histamine foods as much as possible.
- Pickled or Canned Foods – sauerkraut
- Matured Cheeses
- Smoked Meat Products – salami, ham, sausages
- Beans and Pulses – chickpeas, soy beans, peanuts
- Nuts – walnuts, cashew nuts
- Chocolates (and other cocoa-based products)
- Ready Meals
- Salty Snacks, Sweets (with preservatives and artificial colorings)
Histamine Liberators Release Histamines in Other Foods
Histamine Liberators are foods that themselves are low in histamines, however they help release histamines in other foods. You don’t necessarily have to completely remove these from your diet, but they are good to limit.
- Most Citric Fruits – kiwi, lemon, lime, pineapple, plums
- Cocoa and Chocolate
- Beans and Pulses
- Wheat Germ
- Additives – benzoate, sulfites, nitrites, glutamate, food dyes
Diamine Oxidase (DAO) Blockers Prevent Histamine Reduction
DAO Blockers are foods that have the ability to prevent specific enzymes (diamine oxidase enzymes) from breaking down histamine in your body. To be safe, you should consider removing these from your diet as well.
- Black Tea
- Energy drinks
- Green Tea
- Mate Tea
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