Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2011

Test diet - histamine collection

This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.


To provide a diet low in histamine.


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


This is a test diet used for urinary histamine / methyl histamine estimation.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate with careful selection.


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


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

Specific menu planning guidelines

 Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishes

Plain steamed, grilled or roasted chicken, turkey, fresh white fish, lamb, beef

Scrambled eggs, omelette

Aged beef, bacon, ham, pork, silverside, sausages, frozen fish, dishes containing cheese, soy sauce, salmon, tuna, sardines, stocks or flavour boosters
Sauces, graviesNone -
Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceAll potato, pasta, plain riceSavoury rice
VegetablesPumpkin, peas, carrots, beans, zucchini, cornCauliflower, eggplant, broccoli, olives, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, gherkin
SandwichesSandwiches made with plain beef or lamb, chicken, turkey, egg, cottage cheeseHam, silverside, cheese, salmon, tuna, sardines, peanut butter, mayonnaise, avocado
Salads, dressingsAvocado -
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®)
SpreadsMargarine, butter, honey, apricot jamVegemite™, marmalade, peanut butter, Nutella®
Hot breakfast choicesAll plain egg dishesSpaghetti, baked beans, bacon, tomato, cheese, mushrooms

Fresh apple

Canned apple and pear

Bananas, pawpaw, grapefruit, kiwifruit, mandarins, oranges, passionfruit, pineapple, raspberries, grapes, plums, prunes, sultanas, lemons, figs, dates, avocado
YoghurtPlain and vanilla yoghurt and Frûche®Flavoured and fruit yoghurt
DessertsCustard, ice-cream, apple sponge / danish, cream, creamy riceDesserts containing high-amine fruits (see above)
Milk and cheese

All other milks (including caramel flavoured)

Fresh cheeses (e.g.ricotta, cottage cheese)

Chocolate, banana or strawberry-flavoured milk and milkshakes

Aged cheeses (e.g.cheddar)


Tea, coffee, lemonade

Apple juice

Cordial, soft drinks, cocoa, chocolate

Orange, tomato and pineapple juices

BiscuitsPlain biscuitsBiscuits containing dried fruit

Vanilla-flavoured nutritional supplements

Salt and pepper


Nuts, fruit cake


  1. Swain AR, Soutter VL, Loblay RH. Friendly food: the complete guide to avoiding allergies, additives and problem chemicals. Sydney: Murdoch Books; 2004.
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