So after reading for the past two days and all morning trying to get a better feel for the science, I’ve found some interesting things:
Many of the foods I posted yesterday are not on other lists, or are contested for either histamine levels or histamine-releasing actions. So I compiled the ones that are on *all* the lists, which is much less intimidating:
Seafood and shellfish, unless it’s caught, gutted and cooked immediately
Preserved and smoked meats
Leftover cooked meats
Vinegar and all foods preserved with vinegar
Yeast and all foods containing yeast including bread, beer, wine, and cider
Red tomatoes, especially cooked
All fermented dairy
All dried fruit (but it’s unclear whether it’s the fruit itself or the yeast present on the fruit)
Citrus, but especially orange juice
The jury is out on lacto-fermentation. Some say yes, some say no but only when the fermentation is anaerobic. I can’t figure out why olives are on the lists since they’re not pickled with vinegar but brined in a salt-water solution.
Since I have noticed reactions to all of these (strangely, except the fish and leftover meats) then these are all now out of my diet for the next 30 days. My personal other reactive foods: coffee, non-dairy creamer and kool-whip, and large amounts of raw garlic. Black tea is on all of the lists because it’s fermented, but while I’m willing to give up wine and cheese I’m not willing to give up tea. Or Chocolate, despite it being on most of the lists. I eat it infrequently enough. I know I am allergic to mold, I had a scratch test 10+ years ago and that was one of the only items that tested positive, so I should be more vigilant about mold in my food, too. I’m often the “scrape the mold off and eat it anyway” type, and I’m probably not doing myself any favors.
International Chronic Urticaria Society
Another food histamines list, with notes on debated foods
The Low Histamine Cook, who is also grain and sugar-free
Anaerobic fermentation- some of the science I’ve been looking for
Histamine and Tyramine
I’m annoyed that certain foods are listed like “curry powder” but curry powder is a mixture of spices. Cayenne is listed, too… are all chiles high in histamines? I’ve never noticed a reaction specifically to chiles so I’ll probably not worry about that one.
I’m really interested to find out if this will reduce my sinus and weird skin issues.