A low-tyramine diet is prescribed for people who are sensitive to tyramine, such as migraine sufferers, or those taking prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants, such as phenelzine (Nardil). Tyramine is a natural substance formed from the breakdown of protein as food ages. It is found in aged, fermented, or spoiled foods.
Best bets: Fresh cheeses like ricotta and cream cheese, fresh or frozen meats, and most vegetables and fruits, except those on the “avoid these” list below. Don’t let your food, especially protein-containing foods, sit for many days in the refrigerator, as the tyramine content will rise over time.
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