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christian runner '09 Rookie 3 posts since
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May 26, 2009 1:14 PM

I've got a food allergy...what should I eat?

I am allergic to tyramine.  It's a substance that's in a lot of foods such as:  bacon, bananas, cheese, yogurt, etc.  I'm training for my first marathon, and was wondering what foods I should eat.  I looked online for some suggestions, but I can't seem to find a "Tyramine-free runner's diet"  And it appears that a lot of the foods runners should eat contain tyramine.   Soooo...for all of those conditioned runners (who may hopefully also be a nutritionist of some sort) do you have any suggestions?

  • Nutrition Tara Community Moderator 41 posts since
    Jul 17, 2007


    Oh wow, how did you find out you were allergic to tyramine?  Do you suffer from migraines?  How is your blood pressure?



    As for what you can eat, you actually do have a lot of options.  Here is a quick list of some foods to stick with and ones to avoid:









    • aged cheeses - cream cheese and cottage cheese is ok



    • beer, ale, red or white wine, vermouth



    • canned meats, dried meats (i.e. sausage, salami, etc.), liver, commercial gravies or meat extracts.



    • avocados, bananas, fava beans, figs, plums, miso soup, soy



    • yeast









    • fresh or immediately frozen meat, fish, poultry



    • breads, pasta, etc (just check the label for ingredients to be avoided)



    • fruit & vegetables (except the ones on the avoid list)



    • eggs






    This pdf document contains a more exhaustive list of foods to eat and those to avoid:








    The first time you go to the grocery store it may take some label reading to make sure the products that you are eating are tyramine free, but once you establish a few reliable brands it should be a breeze!  The fresher the better so make sure to always choose fresh animal products and steer clear of the fruits & veggies on the avoid list. 



    I hope that helps!  Let me know how it goes!









    "Courage doesn't always roar, sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tomorrow."



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