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The Histamine Controversy

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

Until the end of June we’ll be sharing some “sneak peeks” at some of the content from our guide and cook book.

Here’s another teaser at some of the content you can expect from our book Histamine Haven: the essential guide and cookbook to histamine and mast cell activation.

If you start researching low histamine food lists, you will find that everyone’s list is slightly different. It creates a lot of confusion (so avoid looking up those lists right now!), but there are some reasons for these differences.

Here are some of those reasons:

  1. There are other amines (compounds found in certain foods that can contribute to histamine issues in certain bodies) that people can have trouble breaking down.

  2. Some foods are high in histamine, but have antihistamine properties.

  3. There are foods that block DAO or trigger histamine release.

  4. Other food substrates can be problematic in addition to histamine, such as salicylates, FODMAPs or oxalates.

  5. Some foods that support detoxification may induce a detox or Herxheimer reaction (sometimes called a Herx reaction).

  6. Some foods contain mold, which is problematic for people with mold allergies or mold illness. Mold can also trigger histamine release.

  7. Everyone is unique. Because we all react to foods differently, it is impossible to make a definitive list. You may have sensitivities to foods on our list, and what works for one person might not work for you. You must become your own detective!

The good news

We’ve taken some of the guesswork out for you. We’ve devised the diet in stages that address some of the controversy and confusion.

Eggs and dairy are two of the most common inflammatory foods, so we save them for later. We have also tagged and provided alternatives for other food substrates including salicylates, oxalates, and autoimmune triggers.

Has this piqued your interest?

We do a deep dive into the science behind foods and explain it all in our book. Understanding why foods impact you the way they do is important to help you with your symptom management. Understanding which foods support your journey to feeling better allows you to confidently bring in an abundance of foods.

Our book makes it simple. We have done all the work for you, so you don’t have to figure this out alone. We have recipe variations for low oxalate, low salicylate, and AIP, as well as a convenient replacement list for different food compounds that might be troubling you.

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