I spent the entire day yesterday re-vamping the Low Histamine Diet here on my blog. It is now largely evidence based so at least you know the actual histamine content of the foods I list. Bare in mind that hardly any food has been tested for histamine, so if a food isn’t listed it hasn’t been tested. As far as I’m aware, this is the only free list available which gives actual histamine values of specific foods, so I hope you find it useful.
As you get your histamine bucket under control most people are able to occasionally eat high histamine foods without symptoms. I eat chocolate now and again, some tomato puree on a pizza and fish in restaurants which I know isn’t as fresh as it should be and I cope with that OK – my wish is that this knowledge gives people who are newly diagnosed and currently reacting to everything hope.
I eat as wide a diet as I can get away with. Not only in terms of fresh fruit and veg, but also treats like puddings and sugary snacks – my life is restricted enough without depriving myself any further. It’s weird, but I react to lovely apples yet have never reacted to nutrionally-deficient rubbish like Starburst or Pringles in my life despite the fact they are packed with preverves and additives! (not that I’m complaining you understand, hell no 😉 )
This diet focuses on histamine alone, but that’s not the end of the story as you will read in the Further Information at the end of the List. In addition, my MCAD complicates things further and makes me more reactive than I would be if I ‘just’ had HIT, so there are some days I simply have to accept the fact I’m having a reactive day and nothing I can do is going to help. Having said all that it’s extremely rare these days that I react to any food and that’s solely down to following a Low Histamine Diet.