Tyramine lists

These lists have been sourced from all over the web and cannot present a complete list. If you do your own research you will find many variations and contradictions to what has and doesn’t have tyramine in it. I have been on this diet now since the start of 2013 and my list is still changing as new information is available. I will try and keep it current, but I would encourage you to start here and then adapt for your own allergies.

click here to download PDF My Tyramine NO list this list tells you what not to eat.

click here to download PDF My tyramine YES List which tells you what you can eat.

The amino acid is Tyramine. The main thing to avoid is anything that is potentially spoiled or pickled, aged, smoked, fermented, or marinated, as well as chocolate, alcoholic beverages, and fermented foods. And then there is all the food it just naturally occurs in.

My NO list updated 4/5/2015

no Nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
no Citrus, dried fruit
no Yeast, yeast extracts, brewers yeast
no home baked yeast bread, sourdough bread
no Red, apple or Balsamic vinegar
no Carob (this is a natural form of msg)
no MSG
no coffee, tea, cola drinks


Kelp, Seaweed, Shellfish, and other fish containing significant amount of lithium
Cured Ham, bologna, salami, pepperoni, corned beef and liverwurst, Italian Sausage
Pickled Berring and salted, dry fish; Lump Fish, Anchovies
Meat tenderizers
Marinated, pickled, aged, smoked fermented or marinated meats
Cold cuts containing nitrates, etc.
Frankfurters containing nitrates, etc.
Non-fresh meats or fish over 48 hours old
Protein extracts, meat extracts


Avocados (just ripe yes), Bananas, Green bananas & skins, Blackberries, Dried Coconuts (desiccated), Cranberries, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Red plums, Oranges, Raisins, Dates, Raspberries, Strawberries, Red Cherries, Dried Apricots, (any dried fruit or dried with sulphates) Papayas, Pineapples


Snow Peapods, Sugar Snap Peas, Italian Flat Beans (Romano), Broad Beans (Fava) and pods
Eggplant, Tomatoes, Chilli, Capsicum, Spinach in large amounts
Onions, Pickles, Pickled Olives (fresh ok)

Fermented Soy Products like Miso, Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Fish Sauce, and Shrimp Sauce/paste
Tofu (all soy products), tempeh,
Sauerkraut and Kimchee


Lentils, Lima Beans, Navy Beans, Soya Beans
All nuts: Brazil Nuts, Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Walnuts, and Nut Butters


Acidophilus Milk, Butter Milk, Aged cheese: Blue, Brick, Brie, Cheddar, Swiss, Roquefort, Stilton, Mozzarella, Provolone, Emmentaler, sour cream, etc. Yogurt


Alcoholic beverages, beer, wine & apple cider
Vegemite, Marmite
Nitrates & nitrites (on food labels)
Aspartame (NutraSweet)
Saccharin (includes toothpaste and mouthwash)
Food preservatives, flavours, additives.

Don’t eat any food after 48 hours. Always freeze if not going to eat the next day. Don’t eat canned or dried food always eat fresh or frozen.

My YES List updated 4/5/2015


(nothing marinated, and must be fresh)
Fresh chicken (no liver or skin),
Fresh fish
Beef (only if it is fresh)


Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Chia Seeds, Corn, Rice, Brown rice, Wild Rice, Quinoa, Oats, Rye, Rice flour, plain flour, Pasta, noodles,


(must be fresh and just ripe) *(do not eat over ripe fruit)
Apples, Apricots, Avocados (just ripe yes), Blonde cherries, Blueberries (small quantity), Coconut (fresh flesh, milk, oil, water), Fig, Kiwi Fruit, Longans, Lychees, Mango, Nectarines, Passion Fruit, Yellow  Plums, Star Fruit, Rhubarb, Rock-melon, Peaches, Pear, Watermelon,


Asparagus, String Beans (small quantity), Bean sprouts, Beets, Carrots, Cabbage, Celery, Chicory, Corn, Cucumbers, Endive, Kale, Lettuce, Potatoes (brown dirty variety not the fancy ones), Mushrooms (only if fresh), Peas, Pumpkin, Squash, Sweat potatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Water chestnuts, Yams, Zucchini,
Spring onions, Shallots, Leeks, Garlic, Ginger


Eggs (fresh), Butter,
Rice milk, Oat milk, Soya milk, cows milk, goats milk
cream  cheese,  ricotta,  Neufchâtel and  cottage  cheese  (are  safe  in  moderation)


(not from cans)
Pinto beans, chickpeas (small quantity), black beans, kidney beans, soybeans (small quantity), peanuts (small quantity), fresh peanut butter


Commercial Supermarket Bread
Mayonnaise, Salad dressing (home made)
Vegetable oils & olive oil (keep good quality and fresh)
Honey, Maple syrup, Sugar, Corn syrup, Molasses
Salt & pepper,
fresh herbs
sunflower seeds, fresh green almonds
citric acid
Natural potato chips, Popcorn

Gin, Vodka, Rum & Bourbon


52 thoughts on “Tyramine lists

  1. i’m on a tyramine and sulfite/ate free diet due to migraines. this is the first time i’ve seen coconut added on a NO list. i eat a lot of it, in the form of oil and milk, or are you referring to coconut flakes only? also, do you know if avocado OIL is ok on a tyramine free diet?

    • Sorry for the slow reply. If you have been eating coconut and avocado and are fine then you can keep doing what you are doing. I have done a search and new info is now popping up all the time and now giving more detailed information. So I think, yes, you are right desiccated coconut is a NO but, coconut oil and milk or juice is safe in reasonable quantities. I looked up avocado and it does have a small amount of tyramine even if just ripe so if you are very sensitive I would avoid.
      Hope this helps and finds you well, I will up date the lists. Thanks for your question.

      • Sorry- it’s not a ‘reply’ but i didn’t know how to clock in.
        my son is now on a low tyramine diet for drug interactions and i’m having a bunch of trouble figuring it all out- and he’s a damn fussy eater and doesn’t do fruit and veg- eats like a kid… fried, chips, pastry…
        i’ve done some research but as an ‘old’ person, i’m not so good at it i’m afraid…
        you say no soy products but include soy milk. can he have soy flour or is that a no. i see now that cheddar cheese is out but singles are ok- is that right?
        i’ve seen one source okaying hot dogs and another vetoing it…

      • Hi there
        I think I can help; it is a bit different between those people that suffer from migraines and those on the MAOI diet.
        He can have Chicken breast or thigh in a lot of different ways just no skin and do not marinate. I buy organic but buy the best you can afford. Remember he can’t eat any older than 48 hours so buy the day you are going to cook or straight into the freezer and defrost before cooking. I cut the chicken into pieces roll in a mix of any kind of flour, salt, pepper and citric acid; then cook in the pan with fresh pure olive oil. He can eat this with roast potatoes, sweat potatoes, pumpkin and peas.
        With the left over chicken you can make him a wrap for his lunch, chicken, carrot, lettuce, cucumber.
        Stew him some apples in some honey for breakfast he can eat this on milk soaked oats. As a migraine suffer I have found that all soy products are a trigger for me but soya milk is on the ok list, so it should be fine for someone on the MAOI diet.
        As for cheese; cheese singles are so processed I would stick to good quility cheddar and cut it up fresh into cubes for his lunch box or slices for wrapes. Hotdogs and all sausages are a NO.
        Try to keep away from all mass produced products.

        Good luck

      • How did you find out the tyramine level in foods? Is there a chart on the internet? I have the book Heal Your Headaches & have seen various headache free diets on the internet. There’s a lot of conflict over what foods to avoid. I have been on a headache free diet for over a week & it’s been good so far. Garbanzo beans are on some lists & not on others. I had been eating hummus & had no headaches. Do you think it’s OK to resume the hummus? Also, how long should you stay on the diet before adding back a food?
        Thanks so much for info you can provide,

  2. is there a difference in onion types besides shallots. especially if you cook them in dishes very thoroughly. Does that make it better. I have given up most things easily but i really love my onions. thanks….ron

    • Hi there
      I use a lot of leeks and garlic and don’t miss onions at all. You might be OK with cooked onions only, so try and if you aren’t sick then you are OK with them.


  3. Hi,
    Please check your response to ripe avocado before including it. Unripe avocado is fine with me, ripe ones are just terrible. Same goes with olive oil. Old, low quality (not virgin) just must be packed with tyramine.

    • Hi there

      Yes I have recently seen avocado get the tick for the yes list. I have just tried unripe/justripe avocado myself and was ok. So yes very happy to see on the YES list. I will amend.
      And good note about the olive oil you are right, I will add a footnote there.

      thanks for comments

  4. I notice you out blackberries and raspberries on the no list, and blueberries on the yes list in small quantities. I was wondering if you have any opinion on strawberries?

  5. Do you know how long Tyramine stays in the system, by that I mean if I eat something with high Tyramine, does it dissipate after a period of time or just stay there?

    • Hi Mo
      It is hard to answer without knowing all the details like – if you are on the MAOI diet or the migraine diet?
      I am on the migraine diet and will answer you from what I have read and what I know from experience. The Tyramine will stay in your system for 2-5 days depending on the speed of your metabolism as you get the migraine as it leaves the body. Personally if I eat something that I shouldn’t I will wake up with a migraine on the third day. If I ate that thing on consecutive days – say two days, I’m in for a two day migraine. So therefore if trying anything new I now only eat it once and in a small amounts and then leave it for at least three days. If there is no migraine I give the new product the all clear and add it gently into my diet.

      I hope this answers your question.


  6. Hi Sarah,
    I have been on the low/free tyramine diet for six weeks as of today. I have had only 3 migraines. I usually get 3 a week. I can’t tell you what a difference it makes. Thank You!

    My niece is an artist whom lives in Santa Cruz, CA and she has been dealing with ulcertive colitis for many years. I mentioned going on a histamine free diet and she started a couple weeks ago. I hope this helps her.

    Diane Sayegh
    Northern CA

    • Hi Diane,
      So glad to hear that the diet is working for you. It is such a relief to have less migraines and feel that you have some control over your life again. I do know what a difference it makes and I am so happy for you. Good luck and thanks for blogging.


  7. I am finding tremendous migraine relief from a low tyramine diet, but I’m still working out some of the details. I had hoped that sunflower butter would be an option, but I just read that sunflower seeds contain tyramine. Any thoughts? I’m not sure if it is the trigger for the migraine I just had or not. It could have also been fragrances I was exposed to for a long time a couple of days ago.

    Since working out new recipes has been a major challenge, I am posting the ones that work for our family, if anyone wants to visit. I’m so glad to find others who are also having positive results from the diet.

    • Hi there
      Thanks for the message. Sunflower seeds are fine to eat, buy fresh and keep them in the fridge to keep fresh. As for the sunflower butter (like peanut butter) I have had a try at making to eat it fresh but with limited succuss so far. Good luck with the diet I wish I had more time to post.
      PS have had a look at your blog: I would keep to whole food ingredience like 100% butter, nothing processed like rice bubbles, cornflakes and margarine. Almonds have tyramine unless they are eaten fresh and green.

  8. What about brocolli or cauliflower? What about red, yellow, or orange peppers? What about when you read ” natural flavors” in the ingredients?

    • Hi there
      Brocolli is fine to eat but no to cauliflower and no to all peppers. I avoid all ‘natural flavours’ – what does that mean anyway? Surely if it was a natural ingredient they would list it?

      good luck

      • Do you know if black garlic is on your no/yes list? It’s the process of making them black and sweet that I think may make it a no.

      • Hi Sue I had a look into the process of making black garlic, it seems like it is more like a very slow roasting process. Now I am no expert, but I am going to put it the dried spices food category and tentatively say it could be ok. Make sure you eat it while still within the fresh category for this process. Keep airtight if possible and in the fridge to stop aging and going rancid. If you do get a migraine let us all know and we will put on the definitely no list.

  9. Thank you for your research. I do not know if the black garlic is on my no/yes list. I’m new to this. I usually do not get migraines but I’ve had them for the last 5 days. I started having 2 cloves of black garlic each day 6 days ago. Curious if others had a reaction to them. Thanks again!

    • Hello JoAnne
      Sorry to hear that you have not been well, I personally stay away from all mass produced food as a rule. Keep to the outside aisles of the supermarket and whole foods and you should be good. I eat a variety of rolled oats, rolled spelt etc just soaked with rice milk and eaten with honey or stewed apple or rhubarb in the summer and as cooked porridge in the winter. Other days I have pancakes or waffles or eggs on toast. I am making a new bread from scratch as I am yeast and sourdough free which I am having a lot of luck with so when I have it perfected I will post.

      Good luck.


      • Hi Sarah,
        No yeast/sourdough breads? What if you’re using the method of bread baking using the spoonful of mother from the sourdough jar to raise it without yeast, is that okay? I’d like to find a good bread recipe. Also, is it true that the Paleo Diet is also good for Migrane sufferers? Thanks much.


      • Hi there

        I recently tried making bread a few different ways but with no success for me. The Mother is aged and that is the problem. I tried making bread with a new mother but still got a migraine.

        I have not looked to much into the Paleo diet as it does not aline to well with the tyramine diet.


  10. Hi Sarah, thanks so much for your efforts. Do you know of any MSG-free bouillon on the market?

    • Hi Ellie
      I used to use the swiss nature vegetable cubes, they are certified organic and free of MSG. The other one I used before that was Massel no MSG as well. Now both have yeast in them which I don’t eat at all now, not even in bread so look out if you are sensitive like I am. I just make a stock up and freeze it so have on hand when making rosotto or soups etc.
      hope this helps and happy cooking.

  11. Have been looking to change my diet/lifestyle to prepare for Aya & good to see most of my preferences on the Yes list. Any word if turmeric is okay?

  12. Greetings! Thanks so much for providing this excellent resource. I am just now discovering tyramine as the trigger for my migraines, so am relieved to find your postings since tyramine free information is hard to come by. I’m wondering if you have a recommendation for salad dressing – I like a little tang, and need to give up the mustard. Can I try a blend of olive oil and white vinegar? If not, perhaps I could try stewing some rhubarb, freezing it, and then make a weekly batch of olive oil and stewed rhubarb with a dash of pepper. Thanks again, Jan

    • Hello there,
      Sorry for the slow response I have had a lot going on. Yes to the salad dressing, but I hope you have worked that all out yourself by now. I use the olive oil, salt and pepper, citric acid and white vinegar. Let me know how you went with the rhubarb that sounds interesting.


  13. Tyramine “no” list means “no tyramine” or means “no, don’t eat these foods?” Very ambiguous if not dangerous. Please revise or remove.

  14. Greetings! Thanks so much for all you do with maintaining this information, it is extremely helpful and appreciated! Do you know of any commercially prepared items which are allowed, such as salad dressing and also energy bars? I am confused regarding energy bars – if they contain soy, is that okay? Thanks again, your information is a life saver!

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for your feedback and now I feel really bad for being so slack over the last 6 months in not maintaining this blog.
      Salad dressing I just make fresh when needed as it is so quick and simple, olive oil, white vinegar, salt, pepper and citric acid.
      As for the energy bars I would find a recipe that you like, adapt and make it. I have not found one yet that is tryamine free.
      Good luck

    • Hi there

      Yes I have been wondering about that myself lately and hoping that it is ok because it is such an amazing grain.
      I have had a look and can’t find any info on avoiding buckwheat.


  15. Great list and info – found this trying to determine if hard cider had tyramine in it. Did you experiment or find that it did contain it?

    I do have caffeine drinks, coffee, tea and sodas regularly without problems. I don’t think there’s a tyramine connection but of course it’s a known migraine trigger for some people.

    My migraines are not chronic – that is they are not frequent enough to be considered as such but when I do get bad ones (ones preceded by visual disturbances) they are extremely painful so I’m dedicated to tyramine free most of the time and low-tyramine all of the time. When I do gamble I tend to pay the price.

    It seems you eat very healthy overall so this may not be a problem for you but another one I’ve suspect – no hard evidence – are some cheese type boxed snacks. Think “goldfish”. It’s cheese based and has been sitting in a box for weeks if not months. I avoid them completely now.

    Thanks again for the info.

    • Hi there

      Thanks for the comment and I’m glad to here that you are not a chronic sufferer like most of us. You should try and keep a diary anyway and see if you can narrow the trigger down to avoid the migraines altogether if you can.

      good luck

  16. How wonderful of you to do this whole blog. Thank you so much,. I am not on a migraine or an MAO diet. I’m just struggling, and have been for many years, trying to find out what really nocks me down…sleeping for 12 to 14 hours sometimes.etc. Sometimes I am affected in less than an hour, sometimes not for several hours or until the next day. I knew the problems were wine and cheese, and then yeast and ferment, but I didn’t realize that Tyramines were everywhere. Even in milk! I stayed clear of sugar and yeast and aged cheese etc because I was on the Candida diet, I thought Candida was the issue. But I no longer have Candida and still have the problems. Haha. Some of the things I thought were safe were nuts, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds!
    In terms of dairy, for me, sadly, even cottage cheese can be a problem. And I also have recently figured out that anything canned, no matter how organic or recently canned, is poison for me. So, it’s good to see that it is part of the Tyramine profile. Maybe that’s my whole problem in a nutshell…or most of it.
    Again I thank you,
    Arva Rose

    • Hi there

      Thanks for your great email, it is good to hear personal experiences.

      Sorry I have not kept this blog up to date in the last 6 months, but us I said before i have had a lot going on.


  17. Hi
    Unsure if anyone can assist? My Shih Tzu has recently been put on selegiline and reading I came across the need to be on a low tyramine diet which i was not aware off 😦 As he has other issues and is on a low sodium diet, I make him treats by dehydrating meats (kangaroo and lamb). I am unsure if those treats are safe and i am struggling to find information on the content of tyramine in home made dehydrated meat anywhere 😦 If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    • Hi there

      There is a conection here because of the drugs that treat Parkinsons are MAO inhibitors which is the low tyramine diet.

      That is probably how you came to find my blog. So all dehydrated anything is out with the tyramine diet! Those treats are not safe if the person you are caring for is taking an MAO inhibitor drug.

      I hope this helps

    • I would see how you go, for not sensitive people, no more than 1/2 a cup a day. Try a few grapes 1 day and leave it 3 days to see if you get a migraine, that’s what I would do!


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