Monday, August 20, 2018

Histamine in food?


We take anti-histamines to help our running nose and inflammation due to allergies or “intolerances”. You might want to consider looking at your diet and eliminating or reducing foods naturally high in histamines! Here’s the tricky part, though: for the most part, the biggest source of histamine in food isn’t the food itself. It’s bacteria on the food, which naturally produce histamine as part of their metabolic process. So anything aged or fermented will be big trouble for the histamine intolerant! Even leftovers can sometimes be “aged” enough to cause problems. Foods high in histamine include:

  • (very high) Aged or fermented foods: kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt or kefir, kombucha, aged cheese, alcohol of any kind, vinegar, and cured meat. 
  • (very high) Fish and seafood, especially canned or smoked fish. 
  • (medium) spinach, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes, canned vegetables, dried fruit, avocados, strawberries, papaya, pineapple, and leftovers.

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