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Histamine Foods

Histamine Foods – Foods, Drugs and Substances that Contains Histamine


Levels of histamine are determined by the food’s maturity process. It also depends on how fresh the foods are. The longer your food is being stored to mature or to ripe, the greater its content of histamine becomes. The higher the histamine content the more dangerous it is for a person with intolerance.

This neurotransmitter is related to AdreCor, ExcitaPlus, and NorLox.



All fresh meats have small amount of histamine or none at all, but processed meat contains more histamine. This is because the process contaminates the meat leading to accumulation of biogenic amines.



The same as meats, fish may contain only a small amount of histamine. However, fish easily spoils in a short period of time, and due to accumulation of too much bacteria, it leads to contamination of histamine really fast. Processing further may also have bad effect for fresh fish. This includes smoke drying, salting, adding preservatives and marinating.


Below are substances and foods that can increase the level of histamine. Consumption of these may cause headaches, digestive problems and skin rashes.


  1. Alcohol - champagne, beer, white wine and red wine.
  2. Aged food – canned fish, smoked fish, fish sauces, mackerel, tuna, anchovy, sardines, catfish, herring and salmon.
  3. Cheesy foods – Baked Mac, Pizza, cheese cake, etc.
  4. Some vegetables – Eggplant, tomato, mushrooms, canned vegetables, spinach, avocado and vegetables that are commercially packed and prepared.
  5. Some fruits – Bananas, kiwi, mango, grapefruit, pea, strawberry, papaya, pineapple, tangerine, and red prunes.
  6. Spices/add ons – Balsamic vinegar, ordinary vinegar, soy sauce, tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, cocoa, chocolate.
  7. Nuts – Peanuts, cashews and walnuts
  8. Drugs – Amino guanidine, isoniazid, cimetidine, N Acetyl cysteine.
  9. Beverages – coffee, milk, chocolate drink and black tea.


Sometimes the consumption of very high histamine concentration may cause scombroid or histamine poisoning. This usually happens when a person eats a spoiled fish. Fishes like tuna, bluefish, herring, mackerel and mahi-mahi.


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