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yoghurt???? Is it high in histamine???

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4 years 8 months ago #258 by sparkler
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Hi. I am new here and I am still a bit lost in all the info on what is good and not good to eat.

In a blood test last year I showed high histamine levels and show a lot of the symptoms of histadelia (atopic hay fever /fast metabolism / long fingers and toes and a freakishly large second toe / shy and introverted / sunburn really easily).

I have lots of food intolerance symptoms including salicylates (itchy skin) histamine (terrible headaches and feeling really down and unwell) and possibly fructose (diahorea) and maybe glutamate (mouth blisters).


Yesterday I had all foods I am generally okay on except a small tub of vanilla yoghurt. Today I have a bad headache and feel like i do after eating high histamine food. Is yoghurt high in histamine? I know it is a fermented milk product so I suspect the fermentation of the milk may create histamine but I am unsure as some sites said yoghurt is okay. If yoghurt cant be tolerated are the probiotic capsules you get in the pharmacy likely to have the same effect?

Thanks in advance :)

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3 years 10 months ago #306 by Esdaile
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Don't think hoorah, someone is answering my question because actually I am writing to say I have a big question mark over yoghurt the same way as you. I have had diorrhea fairly regularly for the last ten years and by a process of elimination it is looking more and more like a hystamine issue. I have 1128 ng/g which is apparently high. Anyway, whereas I can identify most foods as more or less ossible for me at the moment; It seems sometimes terrible and soemtimes ok. I read somewhere that it depends on the yoghurt culture but how the heck does one know what culture a yoghurt is? Please post here if you find out more because I like plain yoghurt and would like to know if it is allright or not.

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3 years 9 months ago #315 by SwissDiana
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I've read that yogurt is questionable for someone on a low histamine diet. I marked a huge difference in my gut health when I stopped it. I guess it could be reintroduced at some point once DAO levels are back up.

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6 months 1 week ago #426 by Esdaile
Esdaile replied the topic: Re: yoghurt???? Is it high in histamine???
Since my last post I twice had yoghurt again. Once following recommendations from a dietician I took alvita or some special (or specially marketed) more expensive yoghurt from Danone. Diorrhea and bad D till I stopped. Recently a last try with a "mild" "Greek style" natural yoghurt-that was yesterday. Awful D. today, so it looks very much as though yoghurt is a no no for some people with histamin issues. But jury still out on it, could it be that it is not histamin but some other issue, maybe SIBO??
A last point: I am always frustrated by the amount of times I read "get a diagnosis from your doctor" or "dont try this diet before you know you have xyz". I have been running from doctor to specialist to doctor. None can or will give me a final diagnosis. The only thing which all professional practitioners are unfailingly comeptent at is billing.

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1 week 4 days ago #431 by SeaSalt
SeaSalt replied the topic: Re: yoghurt???? Is it high in histamine???
Hi - just joined and my first post is to give info not ask for it!
I found this helpful, having the same question. I checked my Sainsburys Greek to find it has one from each category, harmful, beneficial and neutral. I'm eating it just fine but my food issues are not serious.

Probiotics that Increase Histamine

As mentioned previously, there are a variety of bacteria that can produce histamine and some of these species are commonly found in the most popular and widely used probiotic supplements or probiotic foods. If one has high histamine, it would be best to avoid probiotics that contain these.

Lactobacillus casei
Lactobacillus reuteri
Lactobacillus bulgaricus
The following bacteria degrade histamine, so they can be used to help lower one’s histamine level. However, do be aware that bifidus can be a bully sometimes too and can try to take over and become overgrown as well, if lactobacillus is not present in sufficient amounts.

Bifidobacterium infantis
Bifidobacterium longum
Lactobacillus plantarum
Some soil based organisms
The following bacteria are neutral

Streptococcus thermophiles
Lactobacillus rhamnosus (down-regulates histamine receptors and up-regulates anti-inflammatory agents)

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