Low Histamine Diet


 

Potential Dietary Triggers for Histamine Related Disorders:

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, IBS with mast cells, Interstitial Cystitis, Chronic Prostatitis, and Migraines

Note this list is very extensive but it does not mean that everyone with one of these disorders actually will be affected by one or many more than one food.

Beverages

  • water –carbonated, vitamin, flavored
  • juice – cranberry, orange, acai
  • coffee – regular & decaf
  • teas – regular, green, herbal, iced
  • sodas – colas, citrus, orange, diet
  • drink powders – such as Kool-Aid®, lemonade, orange, or ice tea drinks
  • sports drinks – most
  • energy drinks – guarana, mate

Grains

  • bread – made with unsafe ingredients and/or heavily processed and fortified
  • cereals – heavily preserved, sweetened, heavily fortified and flavored
  • flour – soy
  • pasta – prepared or boxed pasta dishes
  • rice – boxed dishes

Nuts

  • filberts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios

Fat oils

  • check for sensitivities
  • salad dressings – most store brands

Protein

  • cured meats – bologna, pepperoni, salami
  • canned crab meat
  • hot dogs
  • sausage – most
  • smoked fish
  • soy products – soy veggie patties, protein powder, tofu
  • other soy products – soy milk, soy cheeses, soy yogurts

Dairy

  • milk – chocolate
  • cheeses – processed cheese products with problem ingredients
  • ice cream – Caution with citrus or chocolate flavors

Fruit

  • berries – cranberries
  • citrus – lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit
  • dried fruit – with preservatives
  • grapes
  • guava
  • kiwi fruit
  • melons – cantaloupe
  • nectarines
  • passion fruit
  • papaya
  • persimmon
  • pineapple
  • starfruit
  • strawberries
  • raisins – golden

Veggie, Salads, Soups

  • bouillon – cubes, powder
  • chili peppers
  • kimchi, tofu
  • onions – raw bulb onions
  • pickles
  • sauerkraut
  • soup – most canned, boxed
  • soy beans – edamame, roasted
  • tomato – tomato sauces, tomato juice

Sweets

  • artificial sweeteners – acesulfame K
  • aspartame, Nutrasweet®, saccharine, Sweet-N-Low, stevia
  • candy – red hot-type cinnamon
  • chips – potato (seasoned, barbequed)
  • chocolate – cocoa, milk, bittersweet, dark
  • desserts – with problem nuts
  • dessert cakes – fast food restaurants
  • fruitcakes
  • ice cream – chocolate, coffee, rocky road
  • pastries – with problem fruits
  • pie – pecan, mincemeat
  • sorbets – with problem fruits

Additives

  • ascorbic acid
  • autolyzed yeast
  • BHA and BHT
  • benzoates
  • catsup (ketchup)
  • cayenne
  • cloves
  • chili powder
  • horseradish
  • hot curry powder
  • hydrolyzed protein
  • meat tenderizers
  • metabisulfites
  • Metamucil® – orange, berry burst
  • miso
  • mustard
  • MSG – monosodium glutamate
  • oleoresin paprika
  • paprika
  • pickles
  • psyllium fiber – sugar-free due to the presence of artificial sweeteners
  • red pepper
  • senna
  • soy sauce
  • sulfites
  • tamari
  • vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce

IC Diet Books

  • Customizing the Interstitial Cystitis Diet: A Confident Choices Book
  • Confident Choices: A Cookbook for IC and Overactive Bladder