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Low Histamine Foods List for MCAS and Histamine Intolerance

Are you interested in eating a low histamine diet?  This low histamine foods list can help! 

You’ll see lists for both high and low histamine foods. I’ve indicated which foods are high lectin or high oxalate, too. 

You can use the key located just above the foods list to help you understand which foods to emphasize and which foods you may need to find alternatives for. 

What Makes This Low Histamine Foods List Different? 

There are many different histamine lists and elimination diets online.  

Some are reliable. However, some list every food someone reacted to…even if those reactions weren’t due to histamine.  

Some lists include a lot of processed, packaged foods, too. Processed foods can make Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance worse over time, though. 

I wanted this list to be as reliable as possible. So, I took the best research available about histamine liberators and histamine-releasing foods to make this foods list.  

Can You Eat Any High Histamine Foods? 

Remember that histamine intolerance works like a sink. You might be ok with 1 strawberry or 1 bite of pineapple. But if you combine a few bites here and there of high histamine foods, your sink might overflow. 

Your histamine sink can be fuller due to exposure to seasonal allergens, mold, fluctuating hormones, dehydration, stress, etc. You’ll want to keep this in mind when making food choices. 

This list is meant to be a starting place for you to make your own personal list. Everyone is different in what they can tolerate. 

What If You Eat Low Histamine and Still Have Reactions? 

If you’re dealing with MCAS and Histamine Intolerance, your mast cells may be contributing to your histamine load, too.  

When mast cells are triggered, they can release histamine. 

So, you may need to work on calming the mast cells to help get your Histamine Intolerance under control. 

Another reason you may still be having reactions to low histamine foods is that , you may have additional food sensitivities or food intolerances.  

There are other types of foods that people with MCAS or Histamine Intolerance may react to as well. 

These include lectins and oxalates. I’ve noted them on this low histamine foods list to make it easy.

Tips for Success

But before you start removing foods, here are 2 things I want you to remember. 

  1. Don’t remove foods unnecessarily. Work with your practitioner to make sure you are supporting your health in the best way possible. 
  1. Think about replacing foods rather than removing foods. For example, don’t think of just removing spinach. Think about what you can eat in its place. I like arugula. 

The long-term goal is to support histamine pathways to work correctly. And you want to reduce mast cell over-reactivity so that you can re-introduce more foods over time.  

Why is this? 

Many higher histamine foods have great nutrients. So, you want to bring those back on board when it’s safe. 

In the meantime, I recommend including lots of high-nutrient, low-histamine foods from this list. 

And be sure to consider anti-histamine foods. That’s right! Some foods aren’t just low histamine. They have anti-histamine properties. So, include foods like cauliflower, onions, and blueberries where you can! 

Take It One Step At a Time 

When I was at my sickest point, I was once down to a very small number of foods I could tolerate. It‘s taken a lot of work, but I can now eat everything on the low histamine list below.  

I can also eat small amounts of some higher histamine foods from time to time, too.

I’ve been known to enjoy some strawberries and firm avocado on special occasion! I want this for you too! 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, slow down and take some deep breaths. Then look at just a few foods you can start replacing. Then next week, work on a few more.  

You’ll get there! 

Before you change your diet on your own, please make sure you’re working with a healthcare practitioner who can help you with this. Never limit foods unnecessarily, and always have a licensed medical provider who is supervising your case.  

Important Notes for Mast Cell 360 Low Histamine Foods List 

Phase I: Elimination – usually 6 months 

Think of this phase as going back to basics. You’ll take out all High Histamine foods, Histamine Liberating foods, and diamine oxidase (DAO) blocking foods. 

  1. Start with the Phase I tips in the blog post The Mast Cell 360 Starter Low Histamine Food List & Why You Shouldn’t Use Most Found Online   I recommend at this phase you avoid all dairy (except ghee), eggs, fish (even frozen Wild Alaskan salmon), and all high histamine foods. 
  1. Avoid packaged and processed foods. 
  1. Freeze all leftovers after cooking. Bring your own properly prepared meat to restaurants during Phase I Elimination. 
  1. Be sure to follow the Meat Handling tips here. 
  1. Emphasize nutrient-dense herbs and vegetables with histamine- lowering nutrients. 
  1. Follow this phase for 6 months. 
  1. Keep a food diary of foods and symptoms so you can track if you may have other food allergies, food sensitivities, or food intolerances beyond Histamine Intolerance.  
  1. Follow the other Low Histamine Diet Tips in these 2 posts: How to do a Low Histamine Diet Part 1: Identifying High Histamine Foods and How to Do a Low Histamine Diet Part 2: What to Eat 

Phase II

Once your Histamine Intolerance symptoms are significantly improved, you can go on to Phase II. If you HAVE NOT significantly improved within 6 months, there are other factors you may need to consider, like supplements (such as a DAO enzymes) or nervous system work.

Key to the Mast Cell 360 Low Histamine Foods List: 

  • * = Has been noted as higher histamine, but contains high amounts of histamine lowering nutrients that can balance 
  • Italics = particularly high in histamine lowering nutrients so emphasize these 
  • ![Food Name] = high in pesticide residue so buy organic 
  • – L = Lectin: may trigger those with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome 
  • – O = High Oxalate: may trigger those with Oxalate issues, quantities given after the O are for those watching oxalates. DO NOT go low oxalate cold turkey – this can make you very ill. If you have oxalate issues, be sure to work with a qualified Heath Care Practitioner who is very experienced in this area to guide you. 

Grains & Carbs – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Lower Histamine Foods 

Any gluten free grains: 

  • Amaranth – O 
  • Arrowroot Flour – O 
  • Buckwheat – O, L 
  • Buckwheat Flour – O, L 
  • Buckwheat Noodles – O, L 
  • ![Corn] – L (If tolerated) 
  • ![Corn] – L – Popped (fresh if tolerated) 
  • Crackers – Gluten-free – likely O, L 
  • Millet, grain soaked overnight, rinsed and boiled 
  • Millet – O  
  • Oats– O, L  
  • Pasta – Gluten-free – likely O, L 
  • Potato Starch – L 
  • Quinoa– O, L  
  • Rice, Black – O, L  
  • Rice, Brown – O, L  
  • Rice, White – O, L  
  • Sorghum, Black – O  
  • Sorghum, Popped– O (limit to 1/2 cup popped for lower oxalate) 
  • Sorghum, White – O  
  • Tapioca Starch or Flour 
  • Teff – O 

Resistant Starches to feed good gut bacteria 

*Otto’s Cassava Flour was tested as 17mg soluble oxalates per 1/4 cup. That is considered a high oxalate level. But with oxalates, the amount you eat can also be a determining factor when considering if it is high, medium, or low. So when using cassava flour, if one portion of a recipe comes out to 1/4 cup of flour per serving, that recipe would be considered high oxalate. If it came out to 1/8 cup or less, that could be considered moderate. But if someone is on a kidney stone diet and counting total oxalates, then the total oxalates at 53.8mg per 1/4 cup would be too high. It depends on how you are counting and what your limit is. 

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

Foods made with: 

  • Baking Mixes 
  • Bleached Flour 
  • Coconut Flour 
  • Dessert Mixes 
  • Gluten  
  • Pasta Meals – packaged 
  • Pie, Pastry, and Fillings – commercial 
  • Rice Meals – packaged 

Vegetables – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Lower Histamine Foods 

All fresh and frozen vegetables and juices except those listed in the high histamine column below.  

Especially: 

  • Artichokes – O  
  • Arugula  
  • Asparagus  
  • Basil  
  • Bean Sprouts – L 
  • Beets – O (very high oxalate) 
  • Bok Choy  
  • Broccoli  
  • Broccolini  
  • Brussels Sprouts  
  • Cabbage – Chinese  
  • CabbageGreen and Red  
  • Cabbage – Napa 
  • Carrots – O 
  • Cauliflower  
  • ![Celery] 
  • Celeriac or Celery Root 
  • Chives  
  • Cilantro  
  • Collards  
  • ![Corn] – L (If tolerated) 
  • Cucumber – L  
  • Daikon Radishes  
  • Dandelion Greens  
  • Dill 
  • Escarole  
  • Fennel  
  • Garlic 
  • Ginger 
  • Green Split Peas – L 
  • Jicama 
  • ![Kale] – Curly – O  
  • ![Kale] – Lacinato or Dinosaur  
  • Kohlrabi  
  • Leafy Greens  
  • Leeks 
  • Lettuce – Butter 
  • Lettuce – Endive 
  • Lettuce – Leaf Green & Red 
  • Lettuce – Iceberg 
  • Lettuce – Radicchio – O 
  • Lettuce – Romaine 
  • Mesclun  
  • Mint  
  • Mizuna  
  • Mustard Greens  
  • Nopales Cactus – O  
  • Okra – O 
  • Onions – any   
  • Parsley, Curly – O  
  • Parsley, Flat or Italian 
  • Parsley Root 
  • Parsnips  
  • ![Peppers, Bell or Hot] – L  
  • Perilla  
  • Purslane – O (very high oxalate)  
  • ![Potatoes] – O, L 
  • Radishes  
  • Rhubarb – O (very high oxalate)  
  • Rutabaga / Swede 
  • Sage 
  • Saffron 
  • Scallions / Green Onions 
  • Shallots 
  • Squash, Butternut – L 
  • Squash, Spaghetti – L 
  • ![Squash, Summer] – L  
  • Squash, Winter – L  
  • Squash, Yellow – L 
  • Sweet Potatoes – O (very high oxalate) 
  • Swiss Chard – O (very high oxalate) 
  • Turnip  
  • Watercress 
  • Yellow Split Peas – L 
  • ![Zucchini] – L  

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

  • All vegetables prepared with restricted ingredients 
  • Eggplant – L, O 
  • Fermented Foods 
  • Green Beans, String Beans – L 
  • Kimchi  
  • Mushrooms 
  • Peas – L 
  • Squash, Pumpkin – O 
  • Sauerkraut 
  • ![Spinach] – O (very high oxalate) 
  • Soybeans / Edamame 
  • ![Tomato] and all tomato products – L 

Fruits – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Note: All fruits should be fresh, not dried. Dried fruits are not only high histamine but can also carry mold.  

Lower Histamine Foods 

  • ![Apple] 
  • Apricot  
  • ![Blackberry] – O 
  • ![Blueberry] 
  • Cantaloupe (rock melon)
  • ![Cherries] 
  • ![Cranberry] 
  • Currant  
  • Dragon Fruit 
  • Figs 
  • Fruit dishes made with allowed ingredients 
  • ![Grapes] (often have mold) 
  • Guava – Ripe – O, VERY high oxalate 
  • Honeydew – L 
  • Kiwi – O 
  • Lemon – 1/2 tsp (not always tolerated in elimination) 
  • Lime – 1/2 tsp (not always tolerated in elimination) 
  • Loquat 
  • Mango 
  • ![Nectarine] 
  • Passion Fruit 
  • ![Peach] 
  • ![Pear]
  • Persimmons / Kaki – O 
  • Plantain – O 
  • Pomegranate – O 
  • *![Raspberries] (limit to 1/4 cup – not always tolerated in elimination) 
  • Watermelon  – L 

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

  • Avocado 
  • Banana 
  • Dates 
  • Dried Fruit 
  • Fruit dishes, made with restricted ingredients 
  • Grapefruit 
  • Jams, Jellies, Preservatives, Juices made with restricted ingredients 
  • Loganberry 
  • Orange and other citrus fruits 
  • ![Papaya] – O 
  • Pawpaw – O 
  • Pineapple 
  • Plums 
  • Prunes 
  • Raisins 
  • ![Strawberries] 
  • ![Tomato] and all tomato products – L 

Meat, Poultry, & Fish – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Note: All refrigerated and fresh meats are high histamine unless they’ve been immediately frozen upon catch or slaughter.  

Lower Histamine Foods 

Be sure to follow the meat handling tips in this post

All organic, freshly cooked, un-aged meat or poultry (not ground): 

  • Beef (only if unaged and not ground)
  • Bison (only if unaged and not ground) 
  • Chicken 
  • Duck 
  • Eggs, if tolerated 
  • Goose 
  • Lamb 
  • Liver 
  • Ostrich 
  • Pork 
  • Quail 
  • Rabbit 
  • Scallops – shucked and frozen within 30 minutes of catch (like Vital Choice’s Scallops
  • Salmon – gutted and frozen within 30 minutes of catch (like Vital Choice’s King Salmon
  • Turkey 

Try your local farmer’s market or Northstar Bison or White Oak Pastures for pasture raised meats that are frozen right after slaughter. 

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

  • Beef – Aged (99% of all beef is aged) 
  • Bison – Aged (99% of all bison is aged) 
  • Cured Meats:
    • Bacon
    • Salami
    • Pepperoni
    • Luncheon Meats
    • Hot Dogs  
  • Fish – All other 
  • Ground Meats 
  • Leftover Cooked Meats 
  • Processed Meats 
  • Shellfish 

Eggs – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Many people don’t tolerate eggs. Unless you’ve run an Egg Zoomer test and know they won’t be an issue, you should avoid them in the Elimination phase. 

Lower Histamine Foods 

  • Pasture Raised Organic Eggs – All plain, cooked eggs (if tolerated)  

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

  • Eggs prepared with restricted ingredients 
  • Raw egg white (as in some eggnog, hollandaise sauce, mayo, milkshakes) 

Legumes – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Note: Canned foods are high histamine so all beans and legumes should be cooked fresh.  

Always soak overnight and pressure cook to reduce lectins and make them easier to digest.  

Lower Histamine Foods 

  • Beans – Dried – Soak overnight in water and pressure cook. Freshly cooked (kidney, black, navy, etc.) 
    (pressure cooked is best) – L, O 
  • Garbanzo / Chickpeas – medium oxalate 
  • Lentils (legumes are higher lectin, use in moderation) – soak overnight in water and pressure cook – L, O 

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

  • Beans – Canned – L, O 
  • Lentils – Canned – L, O 
  • Peanuts – L, O 
  • Soybeans / Edamame 
  • Tofu 

Nuts & Seeds – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Lower Histamine Foods 

  • Almonds – Blanched – O (very high oxalate) 
  • Almonds – with Skins – L, O (very high oxalate) 
  • Brazil Nuts (only 3-4 nuts/day max) – O 
  • Chia Seeds – O 
  • Chestnuts (fresh) O 
  • Coconut Cream 
  • Coconut Meat (fresh) 
  • Coconut Milk 100% Pure only (no additives) 
  • Flax Seeds 
  • Hazelnuts – O 
  • Hemp Protein Powder – O 
  • Hemp Seeds – O 
  • Macadamias – O (if over 1/4 cup) 
  • Pecans – O (if over 1/4 cup) 
  • Pine Nuts – O 
  • Pistachios – O (if over 1/4 cup) 
  • Poppy Seeds – O 
  • Pumpkin Seeds – L 
  • Sesame Seeds – O 
  • Sunflower Seeds – L 
  • Tiger Nuts (not an actual nut, but a tuber) 

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

  • Cashews – L, O 
  • Coconut – Dried 
  • Coconut Butter 
  • Peanuts– L, O 
  • Walnuts – O 

Fats & Oils – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Lower Histamine Foods 

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

  • Fats and oils with color and/or preservatives 
  • Hydrolyzed lecithin 
  • Margarine 
  • Salad dressings prepared with restricted ingredients

Spices & Herbs – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Lower Histamine Foods 

  • Basil 
  • Bay Leaves 
  • Cardamom 
  • Caraway 
  • Chives 
  • Cilantro 
  • Coriander 
  • Cumin – O 
  • Curcumin Powder (can replace turmeric if oxalates are a concern)
  • Curry Leaves 
  • Dill 
  • Fennel 
  • Fenugreek 
  • Garlic 
  • Ginger 
  • Lemongrass 
  • Mint 
  • Oregano 
  • Parsley – Flat Leaf – (curly is high oxalate) 
  • Peppercorns, Pink – O 
  • Peppermint 
  • Rosemary 
  • Saffron
  • Sage 
  • Salt – only unrefined like Real Salt
  • Shallots 
  • Spirulina
  • Tarragon 
  • Thyme 
  • Turmeric – O 

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

  • Allspice 
  • Anise 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Chili Powder 
  • Cloves 
  • Curry powder 
  • Cayenne 
  • Foods labeled “with spices” 
  • Foods labeled “natural flavors” or “artificial flavors” 
  • Mace 
  • MSG 
  • Mustard 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Paprika 
  • Peppercorns – Black, Green, White – may need to limit to small amounts – O 
  • Seasoning packets with restricted ingredients 

Sweeteners – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Stevia, Monk fruit, and Inulin are your best choices. Anything that raises your blood sugar will increase histamine levels. So sugar and related items will raise histamine levels. Limit your sugar intake. 

Lower Histamine Foods 

These don’t affect blood sugar: 

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

Anything that raises your blood sugar will increase histamine levels: 

  • Artificial Sweeteners 
  • Cake Decorations 
  • Candies 
  • Confectionary 
  • Corn Syrup 
  • Desert Fillings 
  • Flavored Syrups 
  • Honey 
  • Icing Sugar 
  • Icing & Frosting 
  • Molasses 
  • Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, Preserves made with restricted ingredients 
  • Spreads with restricted ingredients 
  • Sugar 

Miscellaneous & Additives Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Lower Histamine Foods 

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos 
  • Bone Broth 
  • Carob – L, O 
  • Chocolate and cocoa – O 
  • Coconut Aminos 
  • Collagen 
  • Gelatin 
  • Gherkin pickles 
  • Ketchup  
  • Leftovers not frozen immediately after cooking 
  • Mincemeat 
  • Miso 
  • Nutritional Yeast / Nooch 
  • Relishes and Olives – prepared 
  • Soy Sauce / Tamari 
  • Vinegars, including white, champagne, and balsamic; apple cider vinegar is lowest and tolerated by some at 1tsp 

Additives – Avoid These!

  • Artificial Colors 
  • Artificial Flavors 
  • Calcium Chloride 
  • Carrageenan 
  • Citric Acid 
  • Food Colorings 
  • Hydrolyzed Lecithin / BHA, BHT – Any food made with or cooked in these oils   
  • Lecithin 
  • Maltodextrin 
  • MSG 
  • Potassium Sorbate 
  • Potassium Triphosphate 
  • Smoke Flavoring 
  • Sodium Benzoate 
  • Sodium Nitrite 
  • Sodium Triphosphate 
  • Xanthan Gum 
  • Yeast and Yeast Extract 

Beverages – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Lower Histamine Foods 

  • Coconut Water (fresh) 
  • Coffee – preferably avoid caffeine. If you must drink coffee, then only lower histamine, mold free brands like Purity Coffee* 
  • Dandelion Root Tea  
  • Herbal Teas, except those listed below 
  • Juice – Pure freshly squeezed juices of allowed fruits and vegetables – limit fruit juice due to sugar 
  • Mineral Water – Plain and carbonated 
  • Water – with fresh squeezed lemon or lime (if tolerated) 

Higher Histamine Foods – Limit These! 

  • Beer 
  • Carbonated Drinks 
  • Cider 
  • Cocoa 
  • Coconut Water – packaged 
  • Drinks with “flavor” or “spices” 
  • Flavored Milks 
  • Fruit Juices and Cocktails made with restricted ingredients 
  • Kombucha
  • Tea – All black, green, white, rooibos tea 
  • Wine 
  • **All other alcoholic beverages.  

The best tolerated alcohol: top shelf plain vodka, gin, white rum, silver tequila – avoid until Phase II due to blocking of histamine degrading enzymes.

Here are the best lower histamine wines I’ve found.  

Milk & Dairy – Lower Histamine and Higher Histamine 

Lower Histamine Foods 

***These dairy products are technically low histamine. But many people have casein and lactose issues. Start with only ghee in Phase I: Elimination. If you test negative for dairy sensitivities on a Dairy Zoomer, then you can try adding the others. 

Choose products sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows.

  • A2 milk – plain 
  • Butter 
  • Cream
  • Cream Cheese 
  • Ghee 
  • Goat Milk 
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Sheep Milk 

Stay tuned for a printable food list coming in 2024!

More Low Histamine Cooking Resources

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References  

Environmental Working Group. (2022). #DirtyDozen Fruits and Vegetables with the Most Pesticides – @EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in ProduceTM. EWG. https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php 

Gibb, J. L. (2014). Is Food Making You Sick?: The Strictly Low Histamine Diet (Illustrated ed.). Leaves of Gold Press. 

Kullman, Pamela. Privately Compiled Notes. 

PhD, J. J. V., & Lawrence, H. (2018). Histamine Intolerance: A Comprehensive Guide for Healthcare Professionals. Berrydales Books. 

Wild-Scholten, M. D. (2013). Understanding Histamine Intolerance & Mast Cell Activation. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 

Ykelenstam, Yasmina. Healing Histamine | Histamine Intolerance Research & Recipes. (2022). Healing Histamine. https://healinghistamine.com/ 

Comments

  1. Terry Travers-Davin

    Yes, please make a printable low histamine food list for ease of use. Thank you.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Terry, Thanks for letting us know! Please stay tuned!

  2. Tiffany

    Yes please make a list. Also if my histamine is high I should avoid all italicized food including in brackets?

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Tiffany! Thank’s for letting us know you’re interested in a printable list. There is a key above in the article that explains what the italicized and bracketed foods mean I’d like to refer you to the italics are foods that actually help lower histamine and the brackets indicate foods that are high in pesticides so we recommend purchasing organic. Since we aren’t familiar with your individual case, we cannot say what foods will or will not work for you.

  3. ruth

    Yes! Please make a printable list =) Just starting my journey with MCAS, but have been celiac for over 20 years.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Ruth! Thanks for letting us know you’re interested in a printable list! Stay tuned! I too am Celiac and the low histamine diet has definitely helped me on my overall health journey! Best of luck on your healing.

  4. Brian

    Please make a printable list. I have been low histamine for a year or so, but I am recently discovering the evils of oxalates.

  5. Christine

    Hi! Can you please help me understand which types of squash count as winter (low histamine and which count as pumpkin (high histamine)? Which category do each of these fall into: delicata, kabocha, acorn, red kuri, buttercup? Thanks so much!

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Christine, the category of squash has to do what season they are harvested. For example zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan are considered summer squash. Those grown in fall and winter months like acorn, delicata, red kuri, butternut are winter squash.

      1. Christine

        Thanks Jaime! This might be a stupid question, but what’s the difference between winter squash and pumpkin? I’m just curious because winter squash is listed as low histamine and pumpkin as high histamine, so I want to make sure I’m avoiding the right thing.

  6. Amy

    Please make a printable list for ease of use. Been sick for many years, and this helped me tremendously

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Thanks so much for letting us know your interest in a printable list! Please stay tuned!

  7. Robin

    Yes! Please make a printable low/high histamines food list!

  8. Heidi

    Oh yes, a printable would be fantastic! Thank you in advance!

  9. Matt

    When will the printable list be available? Please can you expand on “stay tuned” … ?!

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Matt, we are working hard at getting these completed! We are a small but passionate team and appreciate your patience!

  10. Linda

    Yes please make a printable list! Your hard work is greatly appreciated!

  11. Elisabet

    Hi!
    Regarding artichokes. There is one called Jerusalem artichoke also. Is that also high in oxalates?
    And tiger nuts, I found tiger nut butter, do you think that is higher in histamines? Than flour and just eating the nuts as they are.

    I appreciate this list! Lots to keep in mind. It has really changed how I view food. Most people havent heard about/have no clue about this type of stuff. So when I mention this they think im crazy lol.

  12. Ella

    A list would be really helpful:). Currently looking into celiac/ wheat and gluten sensitivity, and histamine intolerance. A little terrified to be honest, I have chronic fatigue syndrome and I’m currently under eating due to struggles with even simple meal prep taking it out of me! So I’m not too sure how I’ll go with food restrictions and probably needing to put more effort into meals. Really hoping I’ll be approved for home assistance. Also very likely dealing with POTS and hEDS. Still probably happier than I’ve been in my life though as I think this has all forced me to rethink what is important to me and prioritise things I enjoy :))

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Ella, thanks for letting us know your interest in a printable shopping list! We are sorry to hear that you are dealing with possible food sensitivities. It can be hard to change your diet, but it can also be a great step towards healing. We highly recommend working with a knowledgable professional when changing your diet to help guide the process and make it less daunting. Wishing you all the best on your healing journey.

  13. Peg

    Odd question but would dehydrated food be high histamine? The only macadamia nuts I can find are dehydrated ones. Thanks

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Peg, ​dehydrated and dried fruits and vegetables/foods fall more under the “aged” category, and can be higher histamine. The longer something is dried and how it was stored will determine the increase in the histamine levels of a particular food.

  14. HP

    Curious about stevia being on low histamine list given it’s relationship to ragweed (they’re in the same family)

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hello, our resources state that stevia is low histamine despite its relationship to ragweed. With that said, stevia may or may not be right for everyone. While it’s status itself is low histamine, it is also a sweetener of choice because it doesn’t have the same affect on blood sugar that other sweeteners do which can cause mast cell activation.

  15. Sarah

    Yes please, a printable list would be brilliant. Your list above and advice has been really useful for me as I navigate histamine overload at the moment. The whole Mast Cell 360 site has been very informative and an invaluable resource – thank you!

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Sarah! We appreciate hearing how much the site has been helpful on your journey!

  16. Carol

    Yes, Please, a printable list would be very helpful. Have you heard of decreased histamine tolerance brought on by certain drugs used in cancer treatment? Or an increase in histamine in the body due to use of certain cancer drugs? We are currently trying to determine if this is the case with me. Any information you might have will be greatly appreciated.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Carol! Thank you for letting us know you’re interested in a printable list. So sorry to hear you are going through cancer treatment. Unfortunately due to the complications that can occur during cancer treatment, our clinic cannot work with anyone currently undergoing treatment for cancer. For this reason, I’m unable to comment at this time whether certain cancer drugs can cause an increase or decrease in histamine in the body, and we definitely recommend discussing your concerns with your licensed medical provider who is familiar with your case.

  17. Mary

    Hi! First of all, thank you for the hard work you put into this post. Definitely most informative of all I stumbled upon yet.
    But, I have a question – what is your source on rooibos being high in histamine? As I understand it, it’s not really a tea per se, rather a herb. And all the other sources state that rooibos is, in fact, very low in histamine.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Mary, our lists have been created with the most sensitive people in mind and marks items as higher histamine in case they are histamine liberators or block the production of DAO (the enzyme the breaks down histamine). Rooibos while technically lower histamine, when made as rooibos tea is often fermented and is often added to tea blends and other incompatible ingredients such as orange zest and sold as “rooibos” so we caution our audience for choosing it for these reasons.

      1. Mary

        Thank you! Do you think that maybe green, unfermented rooibos would be a safe option?

  18. Kelly

    Do the concerns about histamines and leftovers apply to vegetables, white rice and hard boiled eggs as well or just to meat? Thank you so much for all your help!

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Kelly! This is a great question. The concerns about histamines applies to ALL leftovers, not just meat.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Lori! Thanks so much for your interest in a printable list! Stay tuned our team is working on it!

  19. J

    A printable food list would be amazing! Thank you for all of your resources <3 this website has been so helpful and informative

  20. Sheena

    Does asparagus have low histamine? Or is it low histamine, but can cause a histamine reaction in some way. I was feeling a little less itchy before lunch and chose to purchase asparagus and have some for lunch. I immediately started feeling itchy. I have been making EVERY effort to adhere to the diet without starving to death. I have been extremely itchy for about 2 or 3 weeks now and have chosen to strip back to the bare minimum diet but I keep making little mistakes and am having trouble getting out of this horrible itching phase. Please advise. Thanks.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Sheena, asparagus is low histamine and actually has histamine lowering properties. With that said, histamines exist on a spectrum. Fresh produce is always going to be lower histamine than produce that has been sitting on a grocery store shelf for a week, and it is typically hard to predict how old certain foods are at the grocery store. It may also have been sprayed with something that could have activated your mast cells, so purchasing organic when possible can be helpful. We can’t say for certain what caused your immediate reaction. Our resources are for educational purposes only, when changing your diet, we highly recommend working with a knowledgable practitioner to help you navigate complex dietary changes to avoid restrictive diets and nutrient deficiencies. You may be interested in reading our blog on DAO and how this can help with the breakdown of histamine in the digestive tract: https://mastcell360.com/diamine-oxidase-new-cleaner-formula-must-read-if-you-have-mast-cell-activation-syndrome-or-histamine-intolerance/

  21. Sara

    I would like to receive a printable list, please. Thank you!

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Sara! Thanks so much for letting us know your interest in a printable list! Our team is working on these and hope to have them ready soon!

  22. John D

    Hi, thank for all your hard work. Please send me a printable list. Thx

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi John. We are working on these resources and should have them ready soon. We appreciate your patience.

  23. Kate

    A printable would be very helpful, especially for those who are new to this.

    1. Kam, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Kate,
      Our team is working hard on getting these lists ready! Thank you for sharing your interest!
      – Kam

  24. Nicole

    Hi, do you consider matcha and hojicha high histamine? The “internet” says it isn’t but green tea is high on your list. Thank you!

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Nicole,
      While some teas can be higher histamine because they are produced through methods that may include fermentation. Green teas including match and hojicha are on our list because they interfere with your body’s natural balance DAO enzymes. If lots of high histamine foods and DAO blocking foods or drinks are consumed your DAO enzymes may not be able to keep your histamine intolerance symptoms in check. With that said, since we are unfamiliar with your individual case, we cannot say what your personal level of sensitivity is to these specific teas and it may be something you choose to play around with to see what you tolerate. Since our general audience is hypersensitive, we’ve opted to make our list as comprehensive as possible, but understand that everyone is and individual and needs to find what works best for them.
      -Jamie

  25. Liana Primerano

    Yes, please make a printable low histamine foods list. Thank you!

  26. Pat

    I would overmuch like a printable page! This is so helpful. Thank you for this extensive list.

  27. jacklyn

    SO much useful information. A printable list would be wonderful. Thanks in advance for all your doing for healing, health, and happiness!

  28. Mary Russo

    Wow, what an incredible website! Thank you for all the research and effort to put this together for us and all the resources and food lists! WELL DONE, EXCELLENT! Can you please tell me why Chicken is ok low histamine but bones broth is not recommended? Does it have to do with the idea that bone broth would be a “leftover”?

    1. kam

      Thank you, Mary. We’re so happy these resources are helpful for you! The short answer is that bones raise histamine, and especially if they are cooked for long periods. But there are other considerations. We have a post that could have been written just to answer this question for you. You can find it here: https://mastcell360.com/meat-broth-the-gut-healing-bone-broth-alternative-for-people-with-mast-cell-activation-syndrome-or-histamine-intolerance-low-histamine-low-lectin-low-oxalate-low-fodmap-low-salicylate/

      Best,
      Kam

  29. Mary Russo

    What tests are needed to know if one has MCAS, Histamine, Oxalates, or Lectins problems? And will healing Leaky Gut and Candida address all these issues?

    1. kam

      Hi Mary,
      Those are all excellent questions. We have resources on all of the on the blog to read!
      Testing can be a bit tricky, it’s often based more on how an individual feels and responds to things. For MCAS and Histamine Intolerance, you can read more about testing in this post (it’s myth #6): https://mastcell360.com/mcas-symptoms/

      Healing the gut goes a long way to helping many things. There’s an order for all of it that is generally helpful. You can watch the video on the Mast Cell 360 Method here: https://www.facebook.com/MastCell360/videos/443600077620035

      You can search any info you want by using the ‘search’ function in the upper right bar of our website to find more information on Candida and Leaky Gut (both things we commonly see with MCAS).

      They’ll also be discussing a lot of your questions at the summit! If you haven’t already registered for the free summit now taking place, you can do that here: mastcell360.com/register

      Best,
      Kam

      1. Patricia

        Hi hi, thank you 🙏
        I like a print also.
        What is the alternative for the Meat when here is no frozen Meat without e nummers at all. I bought it so fresh as posible from butcher? Is that ok? My reaction was ok.
        Thank you.
        Kind regards

          1. Bugg

            I’ve seen that peanuts should be avoided, but I have seen in other lists out there that peanut butter is ok (I believe it was not high histamine, but could act as a liberator, so caution is warranted I suppose). I would like to get your opinion on that, and also if it turns out that peanut butter is acceptable, would the powdered peanut butter also be ok? I’ve seen my last question come up before but no one seems to be able to find anything out. Thnaks.

          2. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

            Hello. Peanuts are typically not compatible for those with histamine intolerance due the the high probability of mold contamination. Our comprehensive list above was created with our highly sensitive population in mind, but since everyone has a different level of sensitivity it may be a food you choose to experiment with to understand your own tolerance. We cannot say what will or will not work for you. The other thing to keep in mind is that histamine exists on a spectrum. Fresh nuts will be lower histamine than nut products that have been processed to become shelf stable.

  30. Sara

    Low histamine printable list please. Submitted a comment before and never got, thank you.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Sara! We are glad you’re excited for the lists! We are working on them!

  31. Charlie

    Hello, I’ve been following your work for a while and planning on trying low histamine eating … again, a printable list would be amazing , thanks in advance !

  32. Adriana

    Yes please – printable form of a table
    Is a sourdough bread high in histamines?
    Would you recommend an acceptable bread brand to buy?

  33. Patricia

    Hi hi, thank you 🙏
    I like a print also.
    What is the alternative for the Meat when here is no frozen Meat without e nummers at all. I bought it so fresh as posible from butcher? Is that ok? My reaction was ok.
    Thank you.
    Kind regards

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Patricia! Fresh meat right from a butcher can be a great option if that is available to you. Since everyone is so individual we can’t say what is or isn’t right for you, but since you have experimented and aren’t having a reaction, that’s a good sign you can tolerate fresh meat.

  34. nicole

    Can I please get a low histamine list? Please and thank you.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Nicole, Thanks so much for your interest in the printable food list! We are working hard to get this out and appreciate your patience.

  35. Allison

    This is fantastic! Yes please to a printable list though.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Allison, Thanks so much for your interest in the printable food list! We are working hard to get this out and appreciate your patience.

  36. Patricia

    Thank you Jamie, 🍀
    Can you send me the list in print version also?
    Wish you a nice evening.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Patricia, Thanks so much for your interest in the printable food list! We are working hard to get this out and appreciate your patience.

  37. Elaine

    Yes to a printable list. Thanks so very much for all the info on this site!

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Elaine, Thanks so much for your interest in the printable food list! We are working hard to get this out and appreciate your patience.

  38. Rica Schlegel

    Do you have a list with histamines, salicylates, oxalates and lectins? (plus thiols/sulfur would be great!)
    I am not sure what’s left to eat. It’s been quite the challenge. Even during an elimination phase… Help! Thanks. 🙏🏻

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hello Rica, at this time the most comprehensive list is the Low Histamine List in this blog, but it only indicates oxalates and lectins and not salicylates at this time. Here are all the list that we currently have: https://mastcell360.com/food-lists/

  39. Cheryl

    What about seeds, pumpkin, sunflower, watermelon with or without sea salt.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Onion is a low histamine vegetable that is particularly high in histamine lowering nutrients!

  40. Alcina

    What herbs and teas can be taken? Nettle?
    I’d it possible to get a list of histamine lowering foods? Thank you for all the fantastic information.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Alcina, the list above does contain a section on herbs and spices! Foods in italics are particularly high in histamine lowering nutrients so emphasize these in your diet may be beneficial! Herbal teas except rooibus are generally well tolerated. For more on tea you might find this blog of interest: https://mastcell360.com/tulsi-rose-magic-calming-tea-for-those-with-mast-cell-activation-syndrome-and-histamine-intolerance-low-histamine-low-oxalate-low-lectin-low-fodmap/

  41. Cheryl

    I am new to this site and starting to learn. I had a test for allergic foods a few years ago and garlic was the highest. I had always noticed after eating it. This new test last year did not mention garlic. Maybe because i wasn’t eating it. But, the things that are on the list as histamine were not on mine. I had asked the first doctor about a histamine test. He said it wouldn’t be that good of a test or something like that. I have noticed that going to the chiropractor, acupuncture, massage makes me get this rash that is on mostly my right side. No one has heard of such a thing. So I did not eat any avocado yesterday, or any avocado oil, no goat cheese, nothing to cause this rash to flare up. I had to go to the chiropractor because I am having nerve pain in my neck. I have stiff muscles and had to cancel two massage therapists because the rash is so painful and itchy. I can’t put anything on it or it gets worse with pain. I cancelled my dermatologist for this Sat., because she gave me steroid cream and I don’t want to get any other problems from that. I have scoliosis so I am having to go to the chiropractor a lot lately. My first sign of this probably was at 21 when I had wine. Deadly allergic to it, balsamic vinegar, wine vinegar. I would get little rashes thinking it was emotional dealing with my mom. I do think it is emotional dealings also. Just getting to be with my son’s family after 4 years. Also 4 years ago I had a bad bout of this when getting back together with them after 6 years. I could only wear dresses then at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Which makes it very cold. I am there again. Is this part of it. I think onion did it also. I eat a lot of Avocados. Now the family wants to get together for spring break somewhere and I don’t feel I could handle the food.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Cheryl, We are so sorry to hear what you are dealing with. Without knowing your individual case we cannot say for certain what you are going through but the reactions you are describing are often seen by those who have MCAS and/or histamine intolerance. A low histamine diet can help reduce that load, there are also supplements that can help stabilize the mast cells, and as you eluded to there is often an emotional component where people see improvement with nervous system supports. Nervous system supports are often where we recommend beginning especially for those with food and supplement sensitivity. You may find the following article helpful: https://mastcell360.com/nervous-system-balance-is-essential-in-mast-cell-activation-syndrome-and-histamine-intolerance/

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Fish oil is often high histamine, so we often recommend something called SPMs instead which are a lower histamine option: https://store.mastcell360.com/spm-activer-120-softgels.html Since we are not familiar with your individual case we cannot say whether this supplement is right for you, always discuss any new supplements with your licensed medical provider.

        1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

          Sorry about that. Certain products require an account on our web store to view. The product is SPMs, a low histamine Omega-3 option.

  42. Rose

    Thank you so much for this list! I’d never considered lectins and oxalates before, but that would likely explain some reactions I’ve had.

    Would you answer something for me, please? Does rice protein powder / other protein powders and meal replacement shakes (such as Huel) count as low histamine or not? I really can’t make heads or tails of ’em based on other things in the list. Any insight would be much appreciated, thanks again!

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      That is a great question and a hard one to answer. Most powdered foods will be higher in histamines than their fresh alternatives. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find a protein powder that works across the board for everyone’s needs. Most of these powders will be high in salicylates. Whey and collagen usually aren’t well tolerated because they are higher in histamines. Rice and pea protein are lectins. Hemp protein is high oxalate. Some can tolerate one, others aren’t able to tolerate any. So, you may have to experiment. Here is a blog post that goes into more detail that you might find helpful: https://mastcell360.com/low-histamine-smoothie-recipe/

  43. Peg

    Sorry if this is an odd question.. I know canned foods are high in histamine (so evaporated milk is a no go) but do you know if powered milk is high in histamine? (Where you mix it with water and then let it chill in the fridge). Thank you for your advice

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Peg, yes powdered milk will be higher histamine than fresh A2 milk because anytime something sits on a shelf for any length of time the histamines will rise.

  44. Conny

    Hello, I am so grateful to find this website and all the information! I have so much problems with histamine and mastcells for such a long time, this website is helping me so much to understand and what to do. I have a question about supplements, I have also a fatty liver (non-alcoholic) what is your advice on beef liver organ supplements?

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Conny. Beef liver organ supplement isn’t typically a supplement that our practitioners use in the clinic. Since we aren’t familiar with your individual case, we cannot say if that supplement is or isn’t right for you. For more on supplements that support histamine intolerance and calming the mast cells, you may be interested in the Top 8 Supplement course, which you can learn more about here: https://mastcell360.com/master-class/

  45. Lauren Beausoleil

    Beth, I just wanted to tell you I recommend this page to anyone I know going through POTS & MCAS. You were my BIBLE while healing and getting on the right treatment and I have learned so much about what I can and can’t have too much of because of the strict diet I went on with these recommendations. You made living with this bearable while I figured it all out and healed. With the right docs, diet, lifestyle, and the right meds and supplements, I feel back to normal for the most part. Thank you than you thank you for your good work.

    1. Jamie, Mast Cell 360

      Hi Lauren! Thank you so much for sharing!

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