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Is Cheese High in Histamine?

Cheese and Histamine Intolerance

Yes, cheese is indeed high in histamine. Many fermented foods are. However, not all cheese is made equal.

So, here’s the important question: is your favorite cheese stuffed with histamine?

What’s the Deal with Histamine?

Found in your mast cells and many types of foods, histamine protects our body from foreign invaders.

Unfortunately, those without enough diamine oxidase (DAO) enzyme in their small intestine cannot break down histamine well or handle large amount of the biochemical. This condition is known as histamine intolerance.

What Cheeses Are High in Histamine?

When it comes to levels of histamine in cheese, age of the cheese is important. Additional factors include the saltiness of the cheese and presence of the bacteria lactobacilli.

Examples of cheeses high in histamine include:

  • Parmesan
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Grana Padano
  • Gouda
  • Gorgonzola
  • Asiago D’allevo

Are There Any Low-Histamine Cheeses?

Yes, fresh cheeses that are not ripened are low in histamine. These include:

  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Mascarpone
  • Ricotta
  • Mozzarella

How Can I Enjoy Cheese?

Whether it be fresh or aged, histamine will always be a cheese problem. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy this dairy product – you just need proper planning before grating, slicing, or biting.

Keeping a food diary can help you identify specific cheeses that are causing your symptoms of histamine intolerance so that you can avoid them. If you want to enjoy cheese without fear of side effects, give Umbrellux DAO a try.

One capsule of Umbrellux DAO 15 minutes before a meal can provide your body with the enzyme it needs to break down excess histamine.