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

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
Starchy vegetables/ pasta/rice
All potato, pasta, plain riceSavoury rice
Pumpkin, peas, carrots, beans, zucchini, cornCauliflower, eggplant, broccoli, olives, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, gherkin
Salads, dressings
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®)
Margarine, butter, honey, apricot jamVegemite™, marmalade, peanut butter, Nutella®
Hot breakfast choices
All plain egg dishesSpaghetti, baked beans, bacon, tomato, cheese, mushrooms

Fresh apple

Canned apple and pear

Bananas, pawpaw, grapefruit, kiwifruit, mandarins, oranges, passionfruit, pineapple, berries, grapes, plums, prunes, sultanas, lemons, figs, dates, avocado
Plain and vanilla yoghurt and Frûche®Flavoured and fruit yoghurt
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
Tea, coffee, lemonade, apple juiceCordial, soft drinks, cocoa, chocolate, Orange, tomato and pineapple juices
Plain biscuitsBiscuits containing dried fruit
Vanilla flavoured nutritional supplements, salt and pepper, MayonnaiseNuts, fruit cake


Item number 52884 - Issue Date April 2018