As I mentioned in this post I’m going to try re-introducing various foods over the next year and see how it goes. I have no issues with wheat or gluten and have been eating organic yeast-free bread since my MCAD diagnosis but while it’s fine toasted it’s disgusting for sandwiches. I really struggle for lunches, particularly when I’m out of the house which is 4 days of the week, so to be able to eat regular sanis and rolls again would make my life a shit load easier. Consequently the first food I’m re-introducing is normal bread. I’m still going to have my yeast-free bread toasted for breakfast, but I’m trialling normal bread for occasional lunches. It has to be said I’ve always cheated with normal bread when I’ve eaten out and never had any problems. As histamine is a bucket effect, however, it might be fine to have baker’s yeast now and again and not fine to eat it regularly, so I’ll have to see how it goes for several months and will let you know what happens in the summer.
The other food I’ve never had an issue with is chocolate. I am peri-menopausal, my hormones are all over the place and there is nothing my body craves more when it’s in hormone hell than chocolate. Cocoa is on all the Low Histamine Food lists as a DAO blocker but I discovered there is virtually zero research on how any food affects DAO, so heaven knows where the “DAO blocking” food lists have come from. Cocoa beans are fermented and it’s widely supposed that all fermented foods are high in histamine, but my research showed that’s actually not the case, eg. the fermented drink Kefir in the only test I could find scored very low for histamine, as did yoghurt. I could find no study which had tested cocoa or cocoa products for their histamine content, so whether it’s high or low is anyone’s guess. I’m re-introducing chocolate as an occasional treat and will report back.
A stumbling block with chocolate, however, is that nearly all of it contains Soya Lecithin as an emulsifier and research has proven that soy products are high in histamine. However, chocolate products do exist which contain sunflower lecithin instead of soya lecithin including:
- Nestle Matchmakers (good job, as I ate 2 entire boxes over Christmas!)
- Cadbury’s Twirl and Twirl Bites
- Cadbury’s Flake (the thought of having a 99 ice cream cone with a Flake in this summer actually makes my mouth water 😉 )
- Waitrose’s own brand continental plain chocolate
- Moo Free minty-moo and original milk chocolate (dairy free)
- Willies Cacao El Blanco white chocolate bar (I luuuurve white chocolate, and hate dark chocolate, so this is a real treat!)
The chocolatetradingcompany.com has lots of chocolate products which don’t contain soya lecithin, though they are stupidly expensive. For my overseas readers, this post from the Ultimate Chocolate Blog contains some American branded soya free chocolate products.
While I’m on the subject of food, I thought I’d let my UK readers know I’ve found another bag of sweets with allowed ingredients. Tesco’s own brand Spearmint Chews contain glucose syrup, sugar, oil, dried egg white and mint flavouring. Yes, they contain egg white which has been touted as a histamine liberator – for no reason I could fathom, so I’m no longer avoiding it.
Just so’s you know, I don’t want to hear from the food police on this blog post. My life is restricted in just about every way humanly possible, so if I can eat the odd piece of chocolate or the odd fried egg buttie without it affecting my health I think I’ve earned it. We’re all different and I know many of you aren’t as fortunate as me and need a much more restricted diet.
Right, I’m off for a cuppa and a flake 🙂