Histamine diet

A histamine-free diet must be maintained for the 24 hours prior to and during collection of 24 hour urine.

Aim: To provide a diet low in histamine

Characteristics: Avoids cheese, chocolate, wine, yeast extracts and fish products, and some fruits and vegetables.

Precautions: All meat dishes must be freshly cooked, as ageing increases the amine levels.

Paediatrics: Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.

 

Specific menu planning guidelines

Food
Allowed
Not allowed
Hot main dishes
Plain steamed, grilled or roasted chicken, turkey, fresh white fish, lamb, beef, scrambled eggs, omeletteAged beef, bacon, ham, pork, silverside, sausages, frozen fish, dishes containing cheese, soy sauce, salmon, tuna, sardines or flavour boosters
Sauces, gravies
None 
Starchy vegetables/ pasta/rice
All potato, pasta, plain riceSavoury rice
Vegetables
Pumpkin, peas, carrots, beans, zucchini, cornCauliflower, eggplant, broccoli, olives, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, gherkin
Soups
None 
Salads, dressings
NoneAvocado
Sandwiches
Made with plain beef or lamb, chicken, turkey, egg, cottage cheeseHam, silverside, cheese, salmon, tuna, sardines, peanut butter, mayonnaise, avocado
Breads, cereals
All breads and rice cakes, plain breakfast cereals (e.g. rolled oats, semolina, Corn Flakes®, Weet-Bix™, Rice Bubbles®)Cereals with added fruit (e.g. muesli, Sultana Bran®)
Spreads
Margarine, butter, honey, apricot jamVegemite™, marmalade, peanut butter, Nutella®
Hot breakfast choices
All plain egg dishesSpaghetti, baked beans, bacon, tomato, cheese, mushrooms
Fruit

Fresh apple

Canned apple and pear

Bananas, pawpaw, grapefruit, kiwifruit, mandarins, oranges, passionfruit, pineapple, berries, grapes, plums, prunes, sultanas, lemons, figs, dates, avocado
Yoghurt
Plain and vanilla yoghurt and Frûche®Flavoured and fruit yoghurt
Desserts
Custard, ice-cream, apple sponge/danish, cream, creamy riceDesserts containing high-amine fruits (see above)
Milk and cheese
All other milks, fresh cheeses (e.g. ricotta, cottage cheese)Chocolate, banana or strawberry-flavoured milk and milkshakes, Aged cheeses (e.g. cheddar
Beverages
Tea, coffee, lemonade, apple juiceCordial, soft drinks, cocoa, chocolate, Orange, tomato and pineapple juices
Biscuits
Plain biscuitsBiscuits containing dried fruit
Miscellaneous
Vanilla flavoured nutritional supplements, salt and pepper, MayonnaiseNuts, fruit cake

 

Item number 52884 - Issue Date April 2018