The Histamine Reaction

The Histamine Reaction

Food that contains histamine or cause a histamine reaction.

When most of us think of a histamine reaction we think of pollen, dust, hay fever. Combine that with the typical reaction of itchy watery eyes, sneezing and perhaps throat issues. What if I was to tell you it can be brought on by food and hormonal triggers?

You would have to read my article in Power2DoIt, or perhaps you already have and that is what brought you here.

There are many foods that contain histamine, or cause the body to have a histamine reaction. 

Food that contains a chemical called tyramine have been associated with headaches. These include fish, chocolate, alcoholic beverages especially wine and/or, cheese, soy sauce, sauerkraut and processed meat. 

Yes I did mention sauerkraut, which as many of you know I recommend everyone should be adding to meals for good gut health. I’m not saying everyone will have a reaction or that the reaction will be permanent, but for some they may need to temporarily remove it from their diet. Certain fermented foods are rich in histamine while others have yeast or mould involved in the fermentation process. Make sure you know which ones affect you if any. My advice is that even if a food is higher on the histamine releasing list if it is high in nutrient density I would keep in in your diet. This might sound counterproductive but hear me out. Eating low or anti-histamine foods for the majority of your diet allows you the ability to eat high nutrient density foods that may also be high histamine, provided your reaction to them is not severe and you are not having them repeatedly day after day. 


Lets start with Histamine - Rich Foods (including fermented foods):

  • alcohol
  • anchovies
  • avocados
  • cheeses, especially aged or fermented cheese such as parmesan, blue cheese and Roquefort.
  • Cider or homemade root-beer
  • Dried fruit such as apricots, dates, prunes, figs and raisons. Here is the kicker, it is said that if the fruit is thoroughly washed you may actually still be able to eat them. Test it out.
  • Eggplant
  • Fermented foods such as pickled or smoked meats, sauerkraut etc
  • Mackerel
  • Mushrooms
  • Processed meats, sausage, hot dogs, salami etc
  • Sardines
  • Smoked fish, herring and sardines
  • Sour cream. sour milk.buttermilk, yogurt- especially if not fresh
  • Soured breads, such as pumpernickel, coffee cakes and other foods made with large amounts of yeast
  • spinach, tomatoes
  • vinegar or vinegar containing foods, such as mayonnaise, salad dressing, ketchup, chilli sauce, pickles, picked beets, relishes and olives.

Histamine - Releasing Food:

  • Alcohol
  • Bananas
  • Chocolate
  • Eges
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Papayas
  • Pineapple
  • Shellfish
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Hope this simplifies the elimination process for those of you wanting to try this.

A healthy gut is a happy butt


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