As regular readers know, for several weeks (it feels like forever!) I’ve been trying to work out the accuracy of the Low Histamine Food Lists found online. What I discovered was really shocking. The fact is, there is virtually no reliable data on which to base any kind of Amine-related food list and it appears that most lists are based on hunches, speculation or research so old the authors are dead. It may turn out that these hunches are absolutely accurate: nutmeg really is high in histamine and so are pumpkins. Or it might turn out that we’ve all been avoiding these foods for absolutely no good reason.
The whole subject of histamine is really quite complex. What started out as a single article turned into an entirely new section of my blog called ‘Low Histamine Food Info’ which contains several new pages – just hover over the tab in the menu and you will see the pages listed.
If you’re feeling lazy and want direct links to the new pages here you go:
Histamine & Drugs (which is still being written, bear with me I’ll let you know when it’s available)
These pages are then followed by the existing Low Histamine Food List and Low Histamine Shopping List pages which remain largely unchanged.
I stress that the information in this new section isn’t exhaustive – there are a couple of companies which test for amines in food which I don’t have access to (although I question their accuracy) so I’ve only looked at free research which can be found online. It is also only a personal interpretation of the data and I don’t claim to be any kind of expert at deciphering statistical analysis. I’m just a sick girl, lying in my bed going round in circles trying to work out what any of this stuff means 😉
So, my friends, knock yourself out and have a read. I’ll be interested to hear what you think and if you can add anything to the information please do let me know.