High-Histamine Food: No or Go? Experts Have All the Answers

You might have heard of antihistamines before. They’re the antiallergens your doctor might prescribe you after an established allergic reaction. Histamines, on the other hand, are chemicals found in your body that help you get rid of an allergen, be it through swelling, an itchy rash, watery eyes, or another allergic reaction. The problem with histamine is that you can produce or intake too much of it, which would lead to a severe reaction. The second problem is that histamine is also found in food.

A wood platter of different varieties of aged cheeses

That’s why being mindful of consuming histamine-rich foods is important. Should you eat them, or should you avoid them? Fortunately for you, experts have all the answers.

What Is Histamine Intolerance?

While most people can break down the histamines they consume through food and digest them easily – there are some who find it difficult or even impossible. That occurrence is known as histamine intolerance, and people who have it should abstain from eating histamine-rich foods. The symptoms can vary, but the most common ones include stomachaches, itching, headaches, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea.

Which Food Is High in Histamine?

an arrangement of processed meats and processed cheeses To a certain extent, all foods contain histamine. Some, however, have more than others, and the amount of histamine increases over time. This means that aged cheeses, fermented food, canned fish, yeast or yeast extract, alcohol, dried fruits, and processed or smoked meats are some of the high-histamine foods of which you need to be cautious. Generally speaking, the fresher the food, the better in terms of low histamine quantities.

Amy Burkhart, M.D., R.D., is a registered physician and dietitian who has vast experience working with histamine-intolerant people. She says that genetics and underlying health conditions are some of the main factors that determine a person’s ability to break down histamine. Dr. Burkhart’s advice is to always discuss any digestive issues with your doctor so you can find what’s causing them and adjust your diet accordingly. The problem might not even be in histamine at all. So, before you start reducing the amount of histamine-rich foods in your diet, you need to consult with a medical professional.

different citrus fruits

Low-histamine foods are fresh and non-processed fruits, meats, and vegetables. The main exceptions are citrus fruits and strawberries because, surprisingly, they have high amounts of histamine!

Nostalgia On TikTok: Users Are Obsessing Over the Early 2000s

TikTok is a social media platform that is mainly used by young people. It’s a platform that has many different trends rotating in and out and the latest one has people obsessing over the early 2000s. Talk about nostalgia, right? Between Y2K fashion, childhood memories, or even popular pop groups, the app is full of blasts from the past.

Nostalgia Is All Over TikTok

woman using TikTok on her phone Aside from there being separate accounts on TikTok dedicated to just nostalgic videos, there are also relevant hashtags, including #nostalgia, which has almost 19 billion views. In these videos, the period that is being targeted is between the early 2000s and 2016, just before Donald Trump was elected president.

It’s interesting to scroll through the feed and get reminded of a well-known, but forgotten memory from your childhood, and this trend does just that. The goal of these videos is to unlock certain memories that you might have forgotten about.

People will state their points of view of what they remember from their childhood or just what happened years ago. The videos are specific and will likely elicit a memory just enough to get people to relate through the app.

Nostalgic Videos Target Millennials

the Y2K fashion trend Most of the videos on TikTok will typically resonate with a specific group of people on the platform, and most likely those that are their age. Some of the cultural references won’t connect with people who are younger than 25 due to the period they grew up in.

Some videos are of high schoolers from 2003 and 2004 and what it was like to be in high school back then compared to what it’s like now. In the comments, people were arguing about whether high school back then was better than it is now. Gen-Z is also newly obsessed with an old-school fashion trend that is nostalgic as it is. It’s Y2K fashion and it’s all over the platform.