Endogenous histamine releasing foods
This group consists of those foods which release endogenous histamine, i.e. histamine located in mast cells.
Several foods with this characteristic have been described: alcohol, citrus fruits, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, tomato sauce, seafood, chocolate, fish, mushrooms, pig, cereals and egg white.
Some food additives such as glutamate, benzoate, several colorants (yellow E-102 and E-110, E-124, amarant E-123), sulphites and nitrites can release endogenous histamine.
According to the Department of Dermatology at the University of Bonn (Germany), the intake of endogenous histamine-releasing foods or drugs causes the same symptoms as rich-histamine food intake.