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"....lol. 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?
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
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)
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!
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I've been allergic (or known anyway) for about 2 1/2ish years. Tyramine is what triggers my migranes. Although I am proud to be able to say I've not had a migrane for the past year-and-a-half. I've got meds I can take (Immitrex) at the onset of one should I accidently eat a food containing tyramine. You'd be amazed at the things that contain cheese! I ate a bag of French Onion Sun Chips last year, and realized bout 30 minutes after eating them that there was cheese in them. sigh All the good stuff I can't eat anymore. lol
I was asking because I know nutrition is an important part of a runner's life. And I know first-hand how much your diet can affect a person. It seems like a lot of what people tell runners to eat have tyramine.....such as bananas.
But to answer your blood pressure question, my doc told me it couldn't get any better.
Thank you sooo much for the list! It was a great help!
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