New Histamine Food List from SIGHI

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I’m traveling now (actually currently sitting and typing this) but I am not home and not near my SIGHI food list which can be problematic at times, especially today. I wanted to check if papayas were high in histamine, because that is what my mind remembers…..and I wanted to eat some papaya, because they are abundant where I’m at, but I didn’t want to eat too much papaya if they are high in histamine, since I really don’t like how too much histamine makes me feel. So, I went to the Resources Page of my blog (I write this partly for me, as a place to keep information), and found that the link I had for the SIGHI food list no longer worked!

I went to the Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI) website and found that they had updated their list on October 16th! So, here is a link to their new Histamine Elimination Diet, which I really like.  It puts foods into 3 basic categories: “Well Tolerated,” “Risky” and “To Avoid.” (Papayas are on the “to avoid” list–so my memory was correct!)

In addition to the lists, they discus briefly: Histamine Containing Foods, Other Biogenic Amines, Histamine Liberators, Diamine Oxidase Inhibitors, and Intestinal Permeability.

Certainly this is an easy to read, easy to understand list that the SIGHI just released. SIGHI is a group of people who suffer from histamine intolerance and work on their website in their spare time, and often at their own expense. (I’m taking this information from their About Us Page. ) Consider donating to SIGHI or joining it (I have) to support their educational efforts on histamine intolerance. Here is a link to their downloads page which has a registration form for membership application.

Guess I won’t be eating much papaya now….sigh. But I will have a bite because that will be good for my mental health since I’m surrounded by papayas and I love them. I am grateful that SIGHI puts their information up online for all of us. I have found their information quite helpful (especially today) and I hope you will find it helpful too!

And yes, I have updated the link on my Resources Page. 🙂

3 thoughts on “New Histamine Food List from SIGHI

  1. I deal with sulfite sensitivity (lots of histame release, itching etc)and struggle with food issues. My doctor is in functional medicine and put me on manganese & molybelendum which has worked well (these are supplements). I noticed some of the list of foods I was told to stay away from you have on the list like blueberries, etc. I am to the point I don’t know what to eat anymore.

    1. Hi Peggy~
      I’m sorry for your health issues and food sensitivity issues. I can relate.

      I’m not sure I follow you on the blueberry comment….can you clarify? I can say that for me blueberries don’t work. I recently challenged 1.3 ounces of wild blueberries and 1 ounce of blueberry juice and had a terrible time. I suspect (but don’t know for sure) that it was the benzoates in the blueberries. Berries contain benzoates, but blueberries are supposed to have less benzoates than raspberries or strawberries, which I why I tried them. (Plus I had some wild organic blueberries in my freezer! 🙂 )

      I think what foods people can tolerate is very individual, and food challenges are about the only way to determine what works and what doesn’t. And sometimes a little of a food is tolerated but not a lot of a food. (Example: I might have tolerated 5 blueberries, but not the 1.3 ounces that I ate.) I have stayed away from poultry for quite some time, but tonight I decided to eat 2 ounces of the freshest chicken the store had to offer. We’ll see how that goes!

      Hang in there…..I wish for a more varied diet for both of us!!

    2. Hi Peggy~
      I’m sorry for your health issues and food sensitivity issues. I can relate.

      I’m not sure I follow you on the blueberry comment….can you clarify? I can say that for me blueberries don’t work. I recently challenged 1.3 ounces of wild blueberries and 1 ounce of blueberry juice and had a terrible time. I suspect (but don’t know for sure) that it was the benzoates in the blueberries. Berries contain benzoates, but blueberries are supposed to have less benzoates than raspberries or strawberries, which I why I tried them. (Plus I had some wild organic blueberries in my freezer! 🙂 )

      I think what foods people can tolerate is very individual, and food challenges are about the only way to determine what works and what doesn’t. And sometimes a little of a food is tolerated but not a lot of a food. (Example: I might have tolerated 5 blueberries, but not the 1.3 ounces that I ate.) I have stayed away from poultry for quite some time, but tonight I decided to eat 2 ounces of the freshest chicken the store had to offer. We’ll see how that goes!

      Hang in there…..I wish for a more varied diet for both of us!!

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