For information on histamine intolerance histamine toxicity, here is a well written artcle:
Here is a partial list of foods that contain histamines. Visit the link for more comprehensive information. Basically, any aged, fermented, or cured
foods are high in histamines, as well as red wine.
Red wine happens to be of the things I simply cannot tolerate. Literally within seconds of taking my first sip, I get painful cramping in both my
arms. If I keep drinking it, the pain will rapidly move into my chest, and then my whole body. I thought it was the sulfites all this time, but it
might well be the histamines! The pain in my arms alone was enough to make me avoid red wine all of my life. All alcohol contains histamines, but red
wine is the leader.
This is not a complete list, visit the link for more in depth information.
All vinegar, balsalmic vinegar, all foods and condiments containing vinegar, such as ketchup, mustards, dressings, miso
Cheddar cheese, bleu cheese, all aged cheeses, curd cheeses are ok, like cottage cheese, ricotta. Creamed products are okay, such as sour cream, cream
Cured meats, ham, bacon, jerkey, smoked fish, sausages, deli meats
Vegetables in the nightshade family, specifically tomatoes, eggplant, pickles, olives, spinach, saurkraut. Olive oil is okay.
All berries and citrus, advocadoes, plums, dates papaya, pineapple, raisins, strawberries, bananas
Sodas, coffee, all teas, flavored milks, soy sauce yogurt
Herbs, cinnamon, anise, curry powder, paprika, cayenne pepper
Once I read that list, I was pretty shocked! Most of these foods are Atkins and Paleo diet friendly, and foods that people on low carb tend to eat a
lot of! I was thinking, what's left?!
Fresh! That's the secret! Buy fresh, cook fresh! Even leftovers, especially meats, can start to build histamines in the refrigerator as a natural part
of the breakdown process. Cooking does NOT destroy histamines!
Avoiding the fermented, aged, and cured foods still leaves a wide variety, however, the main area I see being very restrictive is fruits. Many fruits
are on the list, and with Atkins, I limited myself to primarily berries. Strawberries, in particular, became my favorite snack and desert food. It is
also high in histamines!
Vitamin C is shown to help with the breakdown and metabolism of histamines, so this leaves me a bit confused, leaving primarily supplements and other
restrictive food sources as the only source of vitamin C.
Nuts and seeds are on the list for tyramines, but not histamines, so getting food allergy testing prior to restricting foods based on histamines seems
to be the recommended course. I had eaten hazel nuts all my life, but tried some Nutella, which is hazel nuts and chocolate, and that caused my first
anaphylactic shock. I thought it was the hazel nuts, but now, I have to question, was it the chocolate, very high in histamines?
(Note: the list at the link above also includes tyramines, which is known to cause chronic headaches. I have attempted to include histamine foods
primarily on this list. Visit the link if you are interested in tyramine food sources, as well.)
edit on 14-12-2013 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)