Low Tyramine Headache Diet

July 29, 2011

Diet Plan, Diet Tips, Dieting

Low Tyramine Headache Diet

Many Headaches and Migraines are clearly triggered by eating certain foods. When You avoid those food triggers You will reduce the number of migraines You got overall.

Foods that contain high amounts of Tyramine are often the worst food triggers. Use The Low Tyramine Diet listed below to know which foods to avoid.

Tyramine is produced in foods from the natural breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine. Tyramine is not added to foods. Tyramine levels increase in foods when they are aged, fermented, stored for long periods of time, or are not fresh.

Low Tyramine Headache Diet

Low Tyramine Headache Diet

General Low Tyramine Headache Diet Guideline

  • Each day eat three meals with a snack at night or six small meals spread throughout the day.
  • Avoid eating high sugar foods on an empty stomach, when excessively hungry, or in place of a meal.
  • All food, especially high protein foods, should be prepared and eaten fresh.
  • Be cautious of leftovers held for more than one or two days at refrigerator temperature.
  • Freeze leftovers that you want to store for more than 2 or 3 days.
  •  Cigarette and cigar smoke contain a multitude of chemicals that will trigger or aggravate your headache.
  • If you smoke, make quitting a high priority. Enter a smoking cessation program.

Food Allowed

  • Freshly purchased and prepared meats, fish, and poultry, Eggs, Tuna fish, tuna salad (with allowed ingredients)
  • Milk: whole, 2% or skim
  • Cheese: American, cottage, farmer, ricotta, cream cheese, Velveeta, low-fat processed
  • Commercially prepared yeast, Product leavened with baking powder: biscuits, pancakes, coffee, cakes, etc.
  • All cooked and dry cereals, All pasta: spaghetti, rotini ravioli, (w/allowed ingredients), macaroni, and egg noodles.
  • Asparagus, string beans, beets, carrots, spinach, pumpkin, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, broccoli, potatoes, onions cooked in food, Chinese pea pods, navy beans, soy beans, any not on restricted list.
  • Apple, applesauce, cherries, apricots, peaches, any not on restricted list.
  • Soups made from allowed ingredients, homemade broths.
  • Decaffeinated coffee, fruit juices, club soda, caffeine-free carbonated beverages.
  • Any made with allowed foods and ingredients:  sugar, jelly, jam, honey, hard candies, cakes, cookies.
  • All cooking oils and fats, White vinegar, Commercial salad dressing with allowed ingredients.

Use With Caution

  • Bacon*, sausage*, hot dogs*, corned beef*, bologna*, ham*, any luncheon meats with nitrates or nitrites added. Meats with tenderizer added caviar
  • Yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream: half  cup per day, Parmesan* or Romano* as a garnish (2 tsp.) or minor ingredient.
  • Homemade yeast leavened breads and coffee cakes, Sourdough breads
  • Raw onion
  • Limit intake to half cup per day from each group:
  •  Citrus: orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon and lime, avocados, banana, figs*, raisins*, dried fruit*, papaya, passion fruit, and red plums.
  • Canned soups with autolyzed or hydrolyzed yeast*, meat extracts*, or monosodium glutamate*
  • Limited caffeinated beverages to no more than 2 servings per day:
  • Coffee and tea: 1 cup = 1 serving ; carbonated beverages and hot cocoa or chocolate milk: 12oz = 1 serving
  • Limit alcoholic beverages to one serving:  4oz Riesling wine, 1.5oz vodka or scotch per day = 1 serving per day
  • Chocolate based products: ice cream (1 cup), pudding (1 cup), cookies (1 average size), cakes (3” cube), and chocolate candies (?oz). (All count as one serving of caffeinated beverage)
  • Wine, apple, or other fermented vinegars*

Food NOT Allowed

  • Aged, dried, fermented, salted, smoked, or pickled meat products.
  • Pepperoni, salami, and liverwurst.
  • Non-fresh meat or liver, pickled herring.
  • Aged cheese: blue, brick, brie cheddar, Swiss, Roquefort, stilton, mozzarella, provolone, emmentaler, etc.
  • Any Breads, Cereals, Pasta with a restricted ingredient.
  • Snow peas, fava or broad beans, sauerkraut, pickles and olives Fermented soy products like miso, soy sauce, and teriyaki sauce.
  • All nuts: peanuts, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, pecans.
  • Alcoholic beverages: Chianti, sherry, burgundy, vermouth, ale, beer, and non-alcoholic fermented beverages. All others not specified in caution column.
  • Mincemeat pie
  • MSG* (in large amounts), nitrates and nitrites (found mainly in processed meats), yeast, yeast
  • extracts, brewers yeast, hydrolyzed or autolyzed yeast, meat extracts, meat tenderizers (papain, bromelin) seasoned salt (containing MSG), soy sauce, teriyaki sauce.


Tyramine is produced in foods from the natural breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine. Tyramine is not added to foods. Tyramine levels increase in foods when they are aged, fermented, stored for long periods of time, or are not fresh.

More info can be found here: http://www.headaches.org/pdf/Diet.pdf

This site is for information and support only and NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment!
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